Keeping Your Cool at Weddings
A wedding photographer plays a large part in a wedding, keep a cool head always
Keeping Your Cool at Weddings - So, it is a hot day anyway, you have spent weeks preparing for this wedding photography shoot, you have met the couple once or twice, you have visited the location once or twice, you have meticulously cleaned all your kit twice and finally charged all the batteries to the hilt!
You then arrive at the bride's location on the morning of the wedding only to be turned away because she is stressed and "nowhere near ready".
First piece of advice…don’t take it personally!
When this happens to me I just think: "Ok! You are paying (or have hopefully paid by now) the bills". I then head off to the church to get the next set of shots. Throughout the rest of the day you start to wonder if they have it in for you…
I do warn them but do they listen?
Cameras, cameras and more cameras at every point throughout the day. It makes you just want to curl up and have a nap! After all, your job is being done for you! I would normally suggest that speaking to the couple about all these things before the big day will prevent or at least keep these situations to a minimum. However, I have shot enough weddings recently to now acknowledge that this situation is here to stay.
As shameful as it sounds, and I usually enjoy wedding photography and really get into the feel of the day. Sometimes though, I just think of the money, stay professional at all times and do the best I can. Some photographers may argue that you need to take control. I agree, but when you have a group of lads and lasses with a few drinks in them and in "full-on party mode", it can be tough!
So, what do I do?
I used to let it get to me. However, I actually think the past 4 years, especially having two young children, have mellowed me enormously. I just go with the flow.
If you are just starting out, believe me when I say these events or similar will happen to you. Sometimes it is all too easy to rise to a situation, but just walk away. Gather yourself and continue with professionalism or at least until you have the cheque and then leg it! Joke…not...joke.
As a last thought, here are a few things that have happened during my weddings that made me want to quit. Now I just look back and smile.
My advice to anyone starting out in wedding photography and reading this?
- 1Prepare for every wedding with the same meticulous routine each time. Even if you have shot the venue many times before
- 2Work the day as planned and work to your schedule. If it changes throughout the day, and it will, go with the flow. Be ready to make hasty changes/decisions
- 3Remember that you are being paid for this. It is the couple's prerogative to whinge/change things/run away etc. Just do your job with a smile and give them your best work under the circumstances
- 4Enjoy it…no matter what. You are getting paid well to do something you love are you not?
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