The Pride and Pressure of a Wedding Day

This past weekend I was honored to photograph another wedding. It is a very special day for everyone involved so I do not take it lightly that the couple chose me to document the day. I always put pressure on myself to make a great photo no matter what I am shooting, but I put even more pressure on myself when it is a wedding. I always say that you have to be great on the wedding day. You cannot be off your game because you don’t get a second chance to make the photo. It is hard work, but when you see the results of your work it is worthwhile.

Stay Late

Some of my favorite photos of the day came after most photographers would have left the wedding. I have been to a few weddings where you see the photographers basically punch a clock in and out. Build the entire day into your pricing. At the end of the summer I attended a wedding in Indy where I saw many photos that were not made because the photographers were long gone. Once the cake is cut and the toasts are over it is time to leave for them. I like the idea of documenting the entire day. That means a lot of hours, but in the end you have a great body of work from the day.

Be In Multiple Places at Once

If you read this blog then you know that I am primarily a sports photographer. In sports photography we use remote cameras to put ourselves in a position that we cannot physically be in. A wedding day can provide a similar challenge. I could not be in a position to photograph the unity ceremony at the wedding. I made a decision to place a camera in some plants to get the shot that I couldn’t make. Of course you don’t have the flexibility that you would shooting the photo yourself, but with a little planning you can make the picture. I was off on the side while the photo above was made. I had my remote trigger in hand, and I was able to be in two places at once. The remote camera has many possibilities on the wedding day. Next year I have a weeding booked where an overhead remote will not only be possible, but necessary.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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