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Old January 3rd, 2009, 02:39 PM   #21
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Ah yeah, I remember that camera/lens rental place that was part of another thread on here.... there's a thought!
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 06:43 PM   #22
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Well, from what I saw at the one wedding (and at least one other comment here) you may be missing out, because it was a HUGE hit and I want to give it a go.

Guess I'm just not listening to much y'all have to say.
I know people like it, hell brides love it. IMO I think it's a PIA and it takes time away from doing the main job... I like to keep it simple.

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If they like the casual, snapshot approach, then stick disposable cameras everywhere. Not my thing, because more than not a few kids get ahold of the cameras and by the time they're done, half the cameras are wasted on stupid stuff. But oh well.
Put signs up and make an announcement that the b&g request that their guests help document the day.
Sit down with them a couple weeks before and plan out a list of specific shots that they really want. Make yourself a checklist, make a copy and enlist someone to help you by getting people lined up and ready to go for you.
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I'd consider renting mine out for the right price
I'd love to play with one for a week but don't have the time or cash right now. I'm sure the IQ is stunning compared to my 55-200mm I've been loving my new 17-50 f/2.8 though, fairly inexpensive and is sharp as hell.

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Old January 3rd, 2009, 10:42 PM   #25
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I know people like it, hell brides love it. IMO I think it's a PIA and it takes time away from doing the main job... I like to keep it simple.

Have fun with it
Gotcha, I do remember that there were two photographers working that wedding, and they had it set up before folks started getting to the reception, so I suppose one of them took care of it while the other was taking the post-ceremony shots.

I'm not sure where the reception is going to be, I don't think it'll be at their house. I was thinking I could hook the camera up to the laptop in the car on the ride over to let it pull down on the way. My wife can handle that as I drive.

I thought it would be fun to find/borrow a projector to throw them up on a wall if there's somewhere suitable at the reception.
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If they like the casual, snapshot approach, then stick disposable cameras everywhere. Not my thing, because more than not a few kids get ahold of the cameras and by the time they're done, half the cameras are wasted on stupid stuff. But oh well.
Put signs up and make an announcement that the b&g request that their guests help document the day.
Sit down with them a couple weeks before and plan out a list of specific shots that they really want. Make yourself a checklist, make a copy and enlist someone to help you by getting people lined up and ready to go for you.
Yeah, there won't be many kids that aren't really little, so the cameras won't go to waste. Been to ones just like you're saying though, a bunch of 10 year olds running around and wasting them.

They already mentioned the non-candid shots very specifically when they asked me about this: the two of them, and them with both sets of parents. I think my sister's wedding two years back turned them off to the long list of family shots after watching all the wrangling and time it took away from the reception. I don't think they're doing any kind of wedding party either.
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You should be sure and post a couple shots of this event. It sounds like its going to be interesting......
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I figured I should do as requested and let y'all have some "I told you so" fun (sort of)

I ended up not being tapped as the photographer, which was a relief, though I would have been happy to try to do it for the challenge alone.

I was a little surprised though, because they told me that a "photographer friend" was going to do it for them for their present. I was expecting someone with a "pro setup" or at least better than my D40x... and the woman that showed just had what looked to be a point and shoot. I'm sure it could have been something awesome in that form factor (never saw the camera up close), but I've seen some of the photos and they're no better than mine.

background again: backyard/garden wedding that they did mostly themselves however they were VERY creative and her mother went NUTS with the decorating, all tasteful though (I thought) and perfect for the setting. The actual ceremony shots pretty well suck because I was trying to shoot between my parents in the row in front of me while seated and from an unfortunate angle. I also didn't think to change the focus mode I was using earlier and blew a bunch of shots.

HOWEVER, I ended up being around about 2 hours before the ceremony at the house to help with little things and didn't have to do much, there weren't many people around and the whole yard/garden was set up. Since they put an INSANE amount of effort into the house/yard/garden (months of painting, planting, weeding, ordering, writing, etc. etc. etc., they even baked their own cake in the two days before the wedding!) I thought I'd document the setting for them.

I also tried to get a little interesting (within my very limited abilities) with the shots of the reception because there were three dozen people snapping away with point-and-shoots with flashes blaring. Ended up with a bunch of blurry crap, but got a few good ones.

Hope these links work. Some of these are included more for the people/thing in them than the quality of the photo, but there's too many to try to link them all.

Oh, you'll see the lights strung up from the trees. I did that with the best man and it took ALL DAMN DAY, three different approaches, 1000' of 3/16" rope, a few hundred zip ties and VERY sore hands from pulling insane amounts of tension on the cord... serious PITA but looked SO AWESOME, totally worth it

Ah, there's a bunch of family from the week before the wedding... rehearsal shots start around #68, wedding setup starts at #87
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...6&l=073779ce40

Here's the last few, Facebook limits an album to 200:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...6&l=8f5f6f8894

Here's a couple of my favorites.

They did these COOL white flags on bamboo poles as the backdrop to the wedding and the front edge of the property for people coming to the house.



This is the handwashing station outside the porta-potties, this is the level of detail they went into in the planning/decoration:


Best nametags I've ever seen. Apples from the orchard on their property with tags pinned to them.


The arch where my brother, best man and aunt (officiant) entered


The two random violinists (a distant cousin and wife of the best man, they played amazingly well together considering they'd never met before this!)


My favorite from the actual ceremony, from behind my parents.


This was tough, the "official" photographer put them in this spot for the ONE post-ceremony shot and the setting sun was behind them. I really wanted to get the white banners, which completely blew out on me. A fill flash would probably have been best, but everything was so rushed with a bunch of us taking pictures... oh well.


This was the toughie. I didn't have a tripod, so I used a chair to brace myself and a long exhale.


Let the critique begin!!!
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I didn't go to your facebook albums but the ones you posted are very nice. I'm glad you didn't have it on your shoulders. Fun and no worries!

On a side note (this is more a general statement) It blows my mind how much time and money people will put into a wedding... even on a budget they spend some money and then don't want to pay a photographer... Just mind blowing! In the end all you have is photos. (sorry off my soapbox now)
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I didn't go to your facebook albums but the ones you posted are very nice. I'm glad you didn't have it on your shoulders. Fun and no worries!
Thanks, it was fun the way it worked out.

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On a side note (this is more a general statement) It blows my mind how much time and money people will put into a wedding... even on a budget they spend some money and then don't want to pay a photographer... Just mind blowing! In the end all you have is photos. (sorry off my soapbox now)
Well, except for the eternal relationship and bond and all the great memories.

Honestly, we have maybe looked at our wedding album all of 2 times in 11 years... have talked about it/thought about it innumerable times though
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A pro wedding photog showed with no lighting, and a P&S?
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Nah, I've since found out it was someone from her family's church. I don't know if my brother misunderstood or if there was another plan somewhere along the line. Who knows.
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