Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a wedding, of my good friend from the old Julian Photography Gallery. And I felt that this was the first time I actually attended a wedding in 5+ years and not worked it. As a San Diego Wedding Photographer, I was able to see how someone else works.
Let me start out, by saying that everyone is different and he or she does things differently. Sometimes, I have a hard time remembering that, but my best friend and girl-friend remind me of that on a regular basis. I will usually plan something to be the most efficient and effective, whether it’s driving somewhere or putting something together. And of course, I have been accused of not following directions/rules and this stems, from wanting something to be better.
Ok, so back to our story. This photographer brought an assistant, which I highly recommend for any size wedding with more than 10 people. It just makes more sense, because you cannot be in two places at once and chances are, there is something going on that you cannot just warp to, to take the shot. Like usual the photographer has a shot list of targets he or she needs to hit before he leaves. I think we discussed this before; the guests, the bride, the groom, the “kiss”, the “toast”, the cutting of the cake, the “dance”, people having fun, and then of course my favorite, people doing funning things, aka drunk people.
When I walked in, I was instructed to grab my camera, which always scares me right there, because I didn’t really want to interfere, with the other photographer. I don’t mind sharing pictures, with people but I wasn’t there in a wedding photographer capacity. I watched the photographer, for a while and it looks like he was doing a good job and hitting all his marks. The one things I thought was kind of strange, was that he was using flash. Now, that isn’t a bad thing, but it was an over-cast day, which meant it was bright and yet there was no direct sunlight. The perfect day for taking pictures. But like I said, everyone is different and it would have been interesting to see a preview of his pictures. Remember, there is no rule that says, “thou shall not use a flash in the daytime.” So, I am sure they pictures turned out great and the bride and groom were pleased. On a side note, I was very pleased to see that my engagement pictures was blown up and hanging on the wall. I have to say, it’s a nice feeling to see your art hanging in other people’s homes.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.