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Aug 04, 2007 09:55 |  #1

Hi all,

A while ago I wrote an article about how to shoot your first wedding in my blog, but given no-one reads my blog I decided to give the article a permanent place on the web. Feedback for improvement is appreciated. It is quite a long read, but should be a great help to anyone shooting their first wedding.

http://www.rokkorfiles​.com/Wedding101-page1.html (external link)

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Aug 04, 2007 10:25 |  #2

Anthony,

Thanks for making this available. I'm going to spend some serious time reading, and re-reading this. So far, it's good stuff. Thanks again.


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Aug 04, 2007 10:36 |  #3

same here- in the process of scan reading for now - will give it a more respectful read later on, thanks (and nicely written)


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Aug 04, 2007 10:50 |  #4

Thanks, this came in the nick of time...I have my first one on Saturday. After reading it I feel much better, I was able to read his conditions and say check! check! check! Yeah me!


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Aug 04, 2007 10:58 |  #5
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Thank you for numbers one,two, and six. There are so many people who aren't proficient with a DSLR trying to photograph weddings.

Overall, a well balanced and informative article. Thank you for sharing.



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Aug 04, 2007 12:36 |  #6

excellent stuff

Most professional photographers will be happy to accept the assistance of a keen amateur with an interest in wedding photography, and allow you to be an unpaid assistant.

i don't find this to be true... do you?


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Aug 04, 2007 12:40 |  #7
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randplaty wrote in post #3668087 (external link)
Most professional photographers will be happy to accept the assistance of a keen amateur with an interest in wedding photography, and allow you to be an unpaid assistant.

i don't find this to be true... do you?

Nope.



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Aug 04, 2007 18:19 |  #8

Haha.. nope.. it's not true at all.. I have asked a wedding photog friend to be her assistance for an August beach wedding..but she politely turned me down with some "valid reasons" ...

I also offerred help to another wedding photog friend for free last year...and got turned down as well...

I think the best way to break in is to do weddings shooting for your friends/schoolmates/re​latives/co-worker/people in your church for free .. make sure you will do them really well... then ask the happy "clients" to give you referrals. It will take time and it depends how aggressive you are and how helpful your "clients" are...


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Aug 04, 2007 18:31 as a reply to  @ canotographer's post |  #9

Thanks for sticking this up


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Aug 04, 2007 19:25 |  #10

randplaty wrote in post #3668087 (external link)
excellent stuff

Most professional photographers will be happy to accept the assistance of a keen amateur with an interest in wedding photography, and allow you to be an unpaid assistant.

i don't find this to be true... do you?

If I have a person approach me who is keen to become a wedding photographer I will normally consider using them as an assistant - it frees up my second shooter and means I have someone else to hold reflectors etc. This is dependant on me:

1. Liking them
2. Thinking they are serious about learning
3. Knowing that they are smart enough and have enough basic knowledge that it won't slow me down to have them there.

This is not uncommon from what I have seen in Australia, it may be different in the USA.

That said, I have amended the article to read "Some professional phtographers...."

Thanks for the great feedback!


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Aug 04, 2007 23:49 |  #11
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I have a lot of people approach me, but I politely turn them down. The only person I would consider eventually working for me as a second shooter on a permanent basis is my son. I'm slowly training him now with that eventual goal in mind.



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Aug 05, 2007 00:03 |  #12

This is a fantastic, fantastic guide for 1st time wedding photographers. It's the best i've read out of all of the ones available on POTN.

One thing I would like to add to this would be mention of proper clothing/etiquette. No matter what the wedding, you should dress accordingly. There are varying opinions on this, but just show some level of respect and dress according to the wedding itself. It shows that you take it seriously and respect the integrity of the event.

Some go for full out tuxedo and others do more casual/formal with dress shirts and khaki's.


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Aug 05, 2007 00:21 |  #13

I offered my services here and got no response so I have to say most wedding photographers dont agree with the assistant statement


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Aug 05, 2007 04:54 |  #14

Everybody is trying to protect their business..Pros just don't want to create another competitor for themselves... so asking for being a second photog (even for free) generally won't work...


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Aug 05, 2007 05:21 as a reply to  @ canotographer's post |  #15

I never been for wedding photography, but i can feel or see clearly that if i am a pro wedding photog then i will try to be alone self-confidence and trying not to take any advices from others photogs if they are not pro as me or better, maybe i can listen to some photog but sure i will take only what i need and i will ignore the rest which i don't want, it is a human nature even if not all people acting or behaving this way.


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