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Offline d7d (aka Ronin, aka Shot by scott)

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There are several nightmare (not mine) stories I’ve been told from other photographers over the years, like a child that eat to much cake then threw up into the open camera bag.

Photographer stood on his own glasses (in the days of manual focus) and couldn’t see a thing.

Photographer turns up for the shoot and turns out the bride to be was a woman he had a one night stand with a few nights earlier.

Near the end of the wedding ceremony, grandma fell out of the first pew, paramedics were called, she died from a massive coronary. The photographer had not shot the formals yet, the wedding party tried to make it through the formals, it was a train wreck.

Flower girl won't come out of hiding. Bride won't do wedding without flower girl, initiating desperate search through audience for girl who will fit dress.

Bride has divorced parents, both remarried. Groom also has divorced parents, both remarried. Some of the divorced and remarried parents and stepparents subsequently remarried. Bride and groom want pictures with all 12 parents, including about 100 permutations in the formals. None of the 12 parents wants to stop glaring at each other long enough to look at the camera and smile for a picture

Driver of the wedding car crashes into the illegally parked photographers car.
Wedding theme was "John Deere" and the colors were bright green and yellow.

Reception was in the American Legion ballroom which hadn't seen a paint job since the Eisenhower administration.

Overweight brides in strapless dresses.

Drunks at the reception who get in fights and spill beer on your equipment.

B&G asked the guest for cash instead of gifts so they could get the deposit together for a new house. Needless to say the bag full of envelops (containing cash) disappeared during the nigh of festivities. A few days latter when viewing the video of the “Big Day” they had a nice clear shot of the Brides father exiting the reception hall with the bag and a few minutes latter re-entering empty handed.

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Re: Lets hear some of your nightmare stories (from wedding photographers)
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008, 04:19:48 AM »
Those are pretty bad.

I've done maybe ten weddings over the last 40 years--all under duress. I was most pleased with one I did on a mountain top several years ago. How could you fail?

No nightmares--other than laying awake worrying the days before each of them. dcap had a great line on his webpages. He had all sorts of fancy tabs on his home page: cars, scenery, B&W -- all with links to pictures. When you clicked the "wedding" tab, you were shown his wedding page. On in was written, "I don't do weddings." ;)

Two months after getting the 7D, I was asked to shoot at the wedding of a friend of my DILs. She'd just finished university and her beau was going to school--they had no money. (BTW ... our DIL's friend delivered our grandson in the back of their van on the way to the hospital. How could you say "no"?) Formal pix were in a park BEFORE the wedding. I was asked to take the usual shots....couple, "mom and dad" and the small wedding party. Fine -- we had one hour. Except about 2 dozen shirttail relatives of the groom's showed up and I was informed they were all to be photographed in one way or another. Hardly a nightmare, but it did cramp my style and rushed the shoot. I was not happy. Pix were pretty decent, but it exemplifies the need for clear instructions and "do list" before the shoot.

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no. . .dont say things like that.

I got my first wedding shoot in june and Im dreading it.

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Only really shot one wedding and that was for a friend who didn't want to get a pro and really wasn't too bothered about photographs.  I'd only had my 5D a few months but took it very seriously.  Unfortunately, no one else did:

The groom's family had a flat tyre on the way to the church so after the service they *all* walked straight out to the car park to change the tyre.  They don't appear in any photos.

Anyway, I gave 2 CDs to the bride and groom the next day.  Two months later they still hadn't even looked at the photos and never thanked me for them.  They've never had any of the photos printed, even as 6x4s.

Frankly, I shouldn't have bothered.
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no. . .dont say things like that.

I got my first wedding shoot in june and Im dreading it.

Well then, I won't get started on this this one... (just kidding).

wow, makes life for a photographer sound much less dull, at least.
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Idene .. "I got my first wedding shoot in June and I'm dreading it."

The most important thing is to spend time with the bride and groom well before and discuss "who, what, why, when and where." You want no surprises ... and there will be some. 
What final product are they looking for?
Case the venues and check the lighting.
Check backgrounds.
If doing outside shots is there a "Plan B" for bad weather?
Backup gear?
The reception is in a small hall, and they want pix of cutting a cake and the cake will be set close to a wall with fire extinguishers, glass-framed photographs (reflections) and pink and purple wall paint in the background ?!?!?
They want family pictures as well?
How much time are they allowing for formal pix?

Stuff like that....

Have fun.

Check everything out an walk thru the whole affair in your mind well in advance.

 
 
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wow am i glad i am not a pro, with my pictures all i know is that sunrise and sunset time is good mid day is bad and i am happy if i get a few good ones, to have to get good ones on a hopefully once in a life time event is far to much stress for me.
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