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Apr 25, 2015 22:21 |  #1

I have shot 2 weddings as a second shooter and the main photog was quite happy with my work. I know the trade relatively well bu still feeling nervous. Who wouldn't? But we all have to start somewhere. I have been researching the subject in depth for a long time. I believe that I have an eye for the right shots (composition, DOF, lighting etc), have the right gear and am in the process of getting a 24-70 f2.8 to complete my gear. The wedding is in July. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)


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Apr 25, 2015 23:00 |  #2

Once you get the 24-70 2.8, use it a lot between then and July. Can you get access to the venue before hand, if so, got and scout it out. Have fun.... I was terrified my first few LOL.


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Apr 25, 2015 23:06 |  #3

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Once you get the 24-70 2.8, use it a lot between then and July. Can you get access to the venue before hand, if so, got and scout it out. Have fun.... I was terrified my first few LOL.

Thank you, Bob. Yes I will shoot a lot with that lens. The venue is lovely and well lit but I will definitely scout it out. This is the place http://mckinneyflourmi​ll.com/ (external link)
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Apr 25, 2015 23:27 |  #4

get well acquainted with gear because on the fly changes will be required, as I'm sure you know from second shooting, but you're the primary now. It's up to you to get the shot. I think visiting the venue, if possible, or at least getting to know the layout through photos is a great idea. I like to have a running list of shots in my head that I want to get, based on just the venue itself, if it lends itself to unique shots. Have plenty of backups; batteries, memory cards, at least two bodies. Take a deep breath.


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Apr 25, 2015 23:33 |  #5

Biggest thing I can say is don't look at the screen. It's easy to delete photos from your card but you cannot recreate moments you missed if you've had your head down checking out your screen. Also, just have fun. Yes, its hectic and busy but that doesn't mean it can't be fun.




  
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Apr 25, 2015 23:51 as a reply to  @ elrey2375's post |  #6

I am very familiar with my gear and normally shoot manually but I think I will switch to AV for quick shots and for for posed will go back to M. I will have 2 bodies and a second shooter with 2. I have plenty of memory cards and batteries. And yes, I will definitely take a deep breath :)Thank you for your words.


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Apr 25, 2015 23:51 as a reply to  @ the flying moose's post |  #7

Will do! Thank you so much.


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Apr 26, 2015 01:43 |  #8

When I worked for a studio the owner and I had a routine we'd go through before, during and after the wedding. I could describe our routine but it isn't important, and probably isn't even applicable today (different era, different media, different challenges). But my favorite part was the 8AM meet-up for breakfast, a haircut and shoeshine the morning of the event. Yes, it was a long time ago.

The important part is that you have a routine planned-out in advance. It might change as soon as you show up at the bride's house for her dressing shots, or you might stay true to plan right up to the last dance. Over time you will refine your routine and grow comfortable with it, and also comfortable when you have to deviate. Of course a part of that will be testing, cleaning and organizing all your gear and supplies the night before, making sure you have adequate spares for critical equipment and accessories, and double-checking that you have everything when you load up your car.

Besides photo gear bring a comb, hairbrush, small can of hairspray, shine control powder and make-up brush, a hand mirror, moist wipes, tissues, lots of bobby pins, small sewing kit with some buttons and several different size safety pins, peal-and-stick hemming tape and a lint roller, and keep several large umbrellas and some cleaning rags or paper towels in the car.

I am a very big proponent of visiting the church and reception venue in advance if you haven't been there before. Also, if you've agreed to shoot the formals and groups at a third location, scout that out as early as possible because often you will need a permit or reservation to shoot at parks, public gardens and the like.

Be sure to introduce yourself to the band leader, DJ, MC, Maitre D', or whomever is running the reception as soon as you arrive at the venue, so you can get on the same page for sequence and timing of the key activities and cues for each other to signal when to get ready and when you are done taking your shots.

Finally, being a good photographer and having the right gear is only part of the skills needed to successfully shoot weddings. You need to be well organized, work efficiently and stay in control of the environment while also being diplomatic with the couple, their family and their guests.


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Apr 26, 2015 06:11 |  #9

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Apr 26, 2015 22:26 as a reply to  @ the flying moose's post |  #10

This is good advice. Chimp to get settings, etc., but keeping your head on a swivel will allow you to capture moments you might otherwise miss.


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