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Aug 11, 2013 12:45 |  #1

how do you deal with stress on wedding day?


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Aug 11, 2013 15:27 |  #2

In the middle of a wedding yesterday the mirror on my 5d classic just flew off. Rather than remark about it or show any sign of concern, I simply noted what had happened and realized there was literally nothing I could do about it at that time; so I just put that camera in my bag and shot the wedding with one of my backups.

All of this to say: I reduce stress by making sure it doesn't creep in in the first place. To this end, I:
-bring plenty of backup equipment
-do a lot of background work, e.g. viewing the venue, deciding where I want to shoot
-go into the shoot with a specific set of poses / ideas I'd like to accomplish. I try to be spontaneous as well, but it's relieving to know that you have fall-back options always
-I show up to the venue early--causing time to be compressed more than it already will be due to other factors is stressful.

What stresses you out on the wedding day ?



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Aug 11, 2013 18:23 |  #3

I don't find it that stressful. Everyone is happy. There is cake and wine and steak and beer.

If I blow a shot, no one will die and likely no one will notice.


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Aug 11, 2013 18:43 |  #4

I'm with Thomas. I don't get stressed at weddings. In fact I'd say I am in an even more relaxed state then normal.

If you are well organised and prepared there should be no reason to stress. Things will go wrong, plans won't always happen. But how you deal with that is the key.

If there was a stress on a wedding day it is making the decision... chicken or beef.


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Aug 11, 2013 18:43 as a reply to  @ Thomas Campbell's post |  #5

Weddings are stressful:eek::p

Some of us live for this stuff. Ive never felt stressed. Ive felt rushed and pissed because a bridal party has blown a timeline to crap, but, never stressed.

Do enough of these things and you get into your routine and everything tends to flow like clockwork. I love doing weddings and being around the families. I also love the challenge of trying to get those great shots for print competitions and looking for stuff thats not part of the routine. So for me, its just not stressful. They are lots of fun for me.


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Aug 11, 2013 19:12 as a reply to  @ umphotography's post |  #6

Masturbate?

I dunno, maybe that's just me.


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Aug 11, 2013 20:56 |  #7

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Masturbate?

I dunno, maybe that's just me.

I tried it once but it seem to upset the bride. Maybe I shouldn't have done while she was getting ready?


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Aug 11, 2013 20:59 |  #8

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I tried it once but it seem to upset the bride. Maybe I shouldn't have done while she was getting ready?

I don't know, that seems like the perfect time. You don't have to pull from the spank bank.


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Aug 11, 2013 23:36 |  #9

Very funny guys! I used to get stressed out preparing. I'm an old film photographer and shot for over 30 years. I only did 5 weddings in digital before I pulled the plug. However, having plenty of backup equipment and casing the join prior to the wedding helps alleviate the stress. As with Christopher, "sh_t" happens. However, if you're prepared it's no big deal. You have to keep it light when things go south. Otherwise your clients are going to pick up on that and everyone is going to worry. It's their special day and they should be the center of attention,not some upset or angry photographer. Oh, and a few beers at the reception helps a bunch!


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Aug 12, 2013 08:53 |  #10

I consider myself a calming influence on the those that are stressed around us. It's not unusual to have a bride hug me and my wife once we arrive telling everyone how beautiful they look and how everything looks so perfect.

No matter what happens, we try to bring a positive energy and spread that as best we can. It really helps reduce the stress.


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Aug 12, 2013 09:37 |  #11

Alcohol takes stress away since 1830 ;).
I take it as every wedding runs 1.5 hours behind schedule so if it does exceed 1.5 hours behind the schedule, I am ahead the schedule :).


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Aug 12, 2013 15:19 |  #12

I don't have that much stress at all because I love weddings. I'd rather shoot weddings than anything, I have a blast shooting them. However with that said, this past Saturday's outdoor wedding almost made me want to do only portraits, a bridezilla could not old a candle to this one..first one I have ever had this bad. But I made it a day to enjoy myself and went home with a smile.




  
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Aug 12, 2013 16:39 |  #13

My stress comes on the night before when I am double-checking all my batteries, memory cards, cleaning lenses, etc. Once that is all done and I am satified that I am ready, my stress level goes to pretty much zero. I generally do not stress on that day of - I know that a wedding is a moving target and what will happen will happen. I make the best of it and enjoy the day. I suppose that it helps that I truly LOVE doing weddings and I am really in my element once the day begins.




  
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Aug 12, 2013 18:53 |  #14

LV Moose wrote in post #16199496 (external link)
Masturbate?

I dunno, maybe that's just me.

I already did it but there was no climatic ending :(:(:o


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Aug 12, 2013 18:57 as a reply to  @ picard's post |  #15

well that's gotta be frustrating. :(


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