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Old Aug 13, 2009, 9:46 AM   #11
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Ok, the aisle is about 30 feet long, would you suggest i grab an aisle seat in the middle so i get both angles (while she's walking and once she's at the altar) or should i move around? what's the typical etiquette for the wedding photographer?
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Old Aug 13, 2009, 11:23 AM   #12
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there is no typical etiquette. Talk to the couple and agree what is allowed and what's not beforehand. I personally jumped around and sometimes get really close to the couple.
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Old Aug 13, 2009, 12:14 PM   #13
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I think what they mentioned about talking to the bride before hand and letting her tell you what she expects is a great idea. If she would like a few pics of her Dad lifting her veil and then one of him giving her a peck on the cheek as he passes her over to the groom then you would probably have to be at a 45 degree angle in front of them when they get to the alter. Of course she may not care about such shots, but I can assure you that even if she doesn't the bride's parents will. Like they said, talk to her and she'll let you know what she wants and you can aways suggest a few shots she won't think of and she'll appreciate the favor you're doing for them that much more. Again, good luck. I'm sure you'll do great!
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Old Aug 13, 2009, 12:18 PM   #14
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I think what they mentioned about talking to the bride before hand and letting her tell you what she expects is a great idea. If she would like a few pics of her Dad lifting her veil and then one of him giving her a peck on the cheek as he passes her over to the groom then you would probably have to be at a 45 degree angle in front of them when they get to the alter. Of course she may not care about such shots, but I can assure you that even if she doesn't the bride's parents will. Like they said, talk to her and she'll let you know what she wants and you can aways suggest a few shots she won't think of and she'll appreciate the favor you're doing for them that much more. Again, good luck. I'm sure you'll do great!
They have very little input, which makes this a lot more difficult. I'm going to use my best lens, sit in the best average spot, and drain my camera battery (i think i get about 1200 shots without using the onboard flash)

if they get 100 they like, and 25 they love, i'll consider the event a success.
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 1:04 PM   #15
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Alright, tomorrow's the big day.

I get one hour prior to the ceremony to do group shots, the ceremony, and maybe 20 minutes afterwards to do any extras that we might have missed.

The flash batteries are charged, the camera battery gets charged tonight, I've checked the contents of my bag about 100 times, and made sure all my lenses and filters are clean. Hopefully we get a sunny day (or this might get tough/miserable).

Thanks for the input and help everyone, wish me luck!
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 2:55 PM   #16
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The event was a success. ~400 shots from the ceremony: 200 various group shots before it all started 200 shots during the actual ceremony. They're not world class, but they're definitely good enough to impress the couple.

Though I hadn't agreed to shoot the reception, they invited me for drinks and food, so I took the opportunity to shoot ~200 there as well. These aren't nearly as good as the ones from the ceremony and I missed the garter/bouquet, but I got the cake cutting, first dance, and various shots of friends and family having fun.

I just finished rotating all the images, and doing a bulk resize of the whole set so that they have something that they can email around. I've decided to do post production on 10 of the key group frames as a wedding gift. I'll post those in a week or two when I'm done.

Once again, thanks to everyone who gave me advice and feedback
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post some pics up here !!
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Old Aug 25, 2009, 10:03 AM   #18
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Alright, I've got a handful. I picked these by looking at thumbnails over a remote desktop session, not sure if i got the best from each pose. These are simply resized to 30%, no crop or editing of any kind. I simply haven't had time yet. Sorry, these files are each 5-600KB

Bride / bridesmaids

Bride / Groomsmen

Groom / Bridesmaides

Bride / Bride's Parents

Bride / Groom

Bride walking in
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I guess I'm too late the pictures..

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Alright, I swore I'd never do this to myself, but a desperate friend (and his wife to be) have convinced me to shoot their wedding reception.

I met them yesterday on location, at the same time of day (the bride walks down the aisle at 4:15 local time) so I could get a feel for the light. The bride will be wearing black/silver, the groom black. Unfortunately I forgot to ask about the bridesmaids dresses.

The wedding party is 12 (bride, groom, 4 groomsmen, 4 bridesmaids) plus all four parents will be there.... So, a lot of pictures to be taken... and I can't remember the last time I was this nervous about anything...

Ok, these are a few shots of the location, simply resized, they're all ISO200, between f3.5 and f8, 1/125s and 1/500s, no flash....


This is the 'aisle', that's the couple, roughly where they'll be standing:


These are shots to the left and right respectively:
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/02.left.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/03.right.JPG

two shots of the seating area:
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/04.inside.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/05.inside.JPG

two of a small seating area (picture location?)

http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/11.left.JPG

and a handful of the garden

http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/21.garden.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/22.garden.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/23.garden.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/24.garden.JPG
http://www.burningdeep.com/~phreak/digi/sdf/location/25.garden.JPG


To avoid huge load-times on this page, i tried to keep embedded images to a minimum, the images are all numbered if you want to refer to any of them.

Anyone got any hints? any suggestions on poses? do's and dont's? I want to keep this as simple as possible so I have a hope at getting decent results.

Should I shoot raw?
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I am in the similar predicament. Thanks for the shares.
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