Friday, 23 July 2010
The Terror of Weddings
I always get a bit nervous before a wedding. It's a massive responsibility. I have a pre-flight check as rigorous as a trans Atlantic passenger plane to avoid anything nasty happening. If it all goes wrong at a portrait shoot it can be re-done. OK, people might not be happy, but all's good in the end. It's a bit harder to re-do a wedding... You get one go at it so it has to be good! I have loads of low capacity memory cards rather than one big one just in case. A problem with a 1GB card might cost me 100 pictures. A problem with an 8GB could cost me the whole day! A spare camera is a must as well, which is next on my (ever growing) shopping list. Other useful bits and pieces are a white brolly (this is England after all...) and some white clothes pegs to stop a veil blowing around in the wind! And a tripod of course.
Weddings are good fun though. I like to think I get on with people ad that's essential at a wedding which is all about getting the best out of people. Directing a big crowd is fun although can be a bit like herding cats. Get a good rapport going though and people usually do what you want!
I like taking a good mix of classic portrait style shots along with the more relaxed reportage style photos. Much more relaxed and natural that way! I take some fun shots as well. You know the type... Reservoir Dogs style boys walking, peeping round a tree, jumping off a hill, that type of stuff.
All in all a wedding is a pretty scary day for a photographer but well worth it!