First comes the list — the “must have” shots — and that list is created well before any wedding — compiled from a master list and amended by the bride and groom. Then comes choosing the “go to” person — the one assigned to occasionally come over to me and tell me about an important relative or friend that must be photographed standing next to someone they haven’t seen for years.
And then comes all the backup equipment — extra cameras and batteries and flash equipment and digital cards — because you can’s shoot a wedding over.
In other words, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes prep that goes into this. You think the bride gets nervous? Well, so does the photographer! But preparation goes a long way toward calming you down.
When the day arrives, I arrive early. And I stay late. I don’t want to miss anything. I try to be as inconspicuous as possible, which isn’t always easy when you just can’t miss that all important shot.
Then when it’s all done, fortunately there is no longer a darkroom that you must retreat into. But there are hours in front of a computer screen, and once again making sure there are plenty of backup sets just in case something “untoward” happens.
I try to email a few real nice shots to the couple a day or so after the wedding so they have something to post on Facebook and send to friends. And not too long after that, the full set gets posted as a portfolio in my Google Drive cloud account for them to view. Finally, out goes a flash drive in the mail with all the photos in full hi-res format.
Most couples like to get their own prints done these days, but if they want my help, I can provide great albums and prints — framed, on canvas, or fine photo paper.
Photographing a wedding is really the ultimate job for a photographer (or close to it). It’s a challenge, but very gratifying.