You know when you get done with something really stressful, and you just feel this gigantic weight lift from those aching shoulders when it’s finished? Yeah, that was this past weekend. This may have been the fastest wedding I’ve ever done in terms of planning, shooting, and editing. It was a whirlwind to say the least and I had fun doing it (in a sick, masochistic way)! This wedding was a bit crazy because of all the shenanigans:
One of my flashes blew up (not literally but you get the idea) during a real-estate shoot the day before; so I was down to two flashes for the wedding.
We didn’t get to nail down the details of the wedding until the night before. Oh, quit laughing. I’m still fairly new at this!
The groom was late, twice, for the pre-ceremony shots. He arrived an hour late...to the wrong location. Commence face-palm.
I was given the full, 4-course meal along with all the other guests, but never ate a hot bite. Every time the food hit my plate, someone got up to dance. There was no official dance floor, or time separation for eating and dancing. That food was freaking delicious though!
And finally, I was asked at 10AM on Sunday to hand over several edited files by the end of that day so Danielle could submit them to her yearbook. I ended up editing and delivering all the images by the end of that day. Booyah!
I also learned a lot from shooting this wedding:
Make a plan EARLY with the Bride and Groom.
Discuss the contract and expectations with the people being photographed, not the mother paying the bill, and have the real client sign the contract. Getting asked for several fully edited files the next day was not pleasant.
Buy some extra flashes for back-ups.
You can shoot a wedding with just two flashes, it’s not that big a deal.
You don’t necessarily have to do a metric crap ton of editing in Photoshop and Lightroom. Shoot it right and learn the shortcuts to paste adjustments/settings in Lightroom, and you’re 90% set.
Sometimes, flying by the seat of your pants is really fun.
So that was Sam and Danielle’s wedding in a nutshell. I could recall it in full detail, but I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Congrats Sam and Danielle! Despite the insanity, I had a blast! And thank you Tricia for asking me to dance!