First wedding in a while. Had done a bit of scouting before and found some nice shots. Tried to meet with the B&G twice but both times they cancelled. It was also an outdoor, evening wedding which had me nervous.
I did the wedding on Saturday and everything ended up running late. I was on time, but the bride/bridesmaids were late getting back from their hair/makeup place, and then everyone took a fair time getting ready. We were supposed to shoot formals before the ceremony but it put a real time squeeze on. It's also middle of the afternoon so lighting sucked and a few of the places we'd choosen just didn't work. We were rattling through all the combinations they wanted until someone realized, hey, time to head off for the ceremony. Still missing the most important formal, bride and groom.
The church was small, unlit and crowded. I did the best I could but the photos from there are average at best. Everyone then migrated around to the reception. The plan was to finish the formals then, but with lots more people arriving the B&G pretty much vanished. Still no bride and groom photos. Then food arrived, everyone sits down to eat, a few speeches and stuff. By now its getting fairly late, light is fading rapidly (outdoor wedding in the country). The groom then disappears off with some friends and by the time everyone is back and ready to cut the cake there are stars in the sky.
About this time the band leaves and the DJ takes over for the dances under the moonlight. Well except for the fact his rig no longer works. He'd showed up earlier, tested it all and it worked fine. No though, when its really needed, not a sound leaks out from his dead speakers and nobody can figure out why (it later turns out something had fried the entire, expensive, control board).
I finally managed to get the B&G for a few formals really late on. Alternating between flash and some wide open/high iso shots lit only by the few lights that were on around the tables.
Having reviewed the shots sunday I did get some good ones early in the day, but the later ones of most of the events that occur during a wedding I'm not very happy with. Circumstances were not that great though and that is understood. I guess I could have been more pushy about getting shots done, but its their wedding and the last thing they are going to want is a nagging photographer.
Oh yeah, and a few shots were done with camera in one hand, and B&G's 6-month old baby in the other. I've got kids myself so I was fine with that balancing act but it did make for some entertaining challenges.
I guess this is why I've not been jumping at the chance to do weddings.