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Usually, when I share my work, there is a blank stare. The silence then says, "But, what do you really do?" I'll try.
I worked and paid my way through college (psychology and business administration), attended graduate school and earned degrees in religious education, church administration, and theology.
I directed education programs in churches for 17 years, working with volunteers, in a variety of programs -- usually directing and coordinating work among scores of volunteers. For more than 26 years I was a financial consultant, specializing in helping volunteers in community and religious organizations raise big $$$ to fund their building programs. Again, my work required enabling people to do specific jobs and coordinating the work of scores of people on a very tight time frame. In one state-wide project, during a five month period of time, more than 1,600 different people helped; they set a goal of raising $3 million and raised $4 million.
Thorough intensive and extensive communication in my work was/is an absolute necessity. It was/is important that each person know his/her job and to know that others were doing their jobs on a united, simultaneous basis. Job descriptions were provided -- enough structure for guidance and enough flexibility to tailor to meet local circumstances.
Yes, I've told scores of clergy -- bishops, priests, and pastors -- and volunteers what their job was -- and then helped them do it on very tight time schedule. My 'telling' includes a written, detailed plan, as well as verbal reminders of what is coming next.
I've shot many news photos for papers and magazines, have illustrated needs of a wide variety of causes, and have photographed weddings and families.
Communication among all parties is absolutely necessary. Each person involved in a wedding wants it to go well. Each person wants to do his or her part well and to know specifics on what others are doing.
Most churches have, whether written or unwritten, wedding policies. The bride, the parents, and the photographer need a copy and need to agree to those policies or seek another venue.
It's the responsibility of photographer to make sure that all parties know what to expect about the photography during a wedding.
There's no excuse for a bride's barking orders about photography as she starts down the aisle. Yes, a wedding is about the bride and groom, but it's also about many more people.
I could go on, but won't. One slogan that has helped me: "Failure to plan on your part does not create a crisis for me."