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| p.9 #7 · p.9 #7 · Being asked to shoot a wedding when you aren't a wedding photographer |
I would imagine the given things I must do is:
- Scout out the venue, look at my options with light and angles.
- Rent better equipment, and use mine as a backup.
- Set up some a contract.
- Get ideas from other weddings.
- Maybe hire an assistant
But what am I missing? Where do I go from here? If I do this, I want to be as prepared as can besides lack experience.
I offered some advice way back on page 2 but I thought I would add to my initial comment. This is not an exhaustive list by any means but these are several things that come to mind:
1.) Explore this forum. Read, read, and then read some more.
2.) Look for wedding photography resources online (CreativeLive, Kelby Training, ICE Society, FStoppers wedding DVD, etc.)
3.) Look for offline resources. Visit the library, find opportunities to second shoot or be an assistant. Talk with area photographers, join photography groups / clubs, etc.
4.) Develop a contingency plan for in case something happens to you on or before the wedding day. If for example you get hospitalized the night before the wedding and can't fulfill your obligation, you ought to have someone on standby who is ready to fill in.
5.) Make a list of everything that you'll on the wedding day. Include non-photography items to help make your day easier (bottled water, energy bars, Advil or Tylenol, small ladder, pocket knife, wooden hanger, etc.)
6.) Get a second shooter. Meet beforehand and discuss your intended style. Clearly define what their role should be. Determine how they will handover images to you (Are they using your memory cards? Are you downloading their cards onto a laptop? etc.)
7.) Decide what you are going to wear. Talk to the bride and groom about the dress code and determine what is appropriate, yet comfortable.
8.) Find out how the bride and groom are getting between the wedding and reception (if applicable) and if you are riding with them determine how your car and equipment will get from point A to point B.
9.) You said visit the venue already but I'd suggest that you visit it more than once. If you plan to shoot outside certain areas might look different under various weather conditions. Plus chances are you'll see things on a return visit that you didn't spot on the initial one.
10.) Think about how you intend to shoot and light the formals. What about the reception?
Like I said it's not a complete list but hopefully it helps in some way.