... but, man, I love to do it!
This weekend I get to fly out to Connecticut to shoot a wedding. Traveling to somewhere I've never been is cool enough on its own (not that I'm going to have much time to take any of it in), but getting to be a photographer, with (most of) the expenses covered is something I wish I could do more of! It does however pose a few things that drive me up the wall, mainly because I can be somewhat forgetful. For instance, remember the blog a couple weeks ago about the star trails photo? It almost didn't happen because I thought I had my memory card wallet in the bag; turns out, it was in the back pocket of the driver's seat in the car we left at home. Add to that I didn't have a memory card in the camera that could be cleared off, and it left me wondering just how many photos I would end up with at the end of the night. (Turns out, I had enough to spare for getting some photos for another project I'm working on. More on that in a later blog post.)
In order to try and combat that feeling, I have, of course, come up with a few lists to be sure I know what not to forget. I keep making a new list for all the camera gear, because that would be a bit too expensive to replace just for a weekend. Memory cards, lenses, batteries, batteries for the flash transmitters, light modifiers, lenses, flashes... The list goes on. Even with the list, I will, inevitably, be sitting on the plane tomorrow morning, and have a sudden panic attack about forgetting this or that. I'll be worried about it until I land in Hartford, get the rental car, and double check the whole camera bag.
Of course, landing in Hartford is only going to be the start of the fun. The bride is a long-time family friend, and she and her fiancee have joined in flawlessly with our circle of friends. We've got the rapport down. We've got a good feeling of what the couple wants to see of their wedding day, and I've got an awesome plan together with my second shooter. This is going to be an amazing weekend. What I'm probably most excited for is the bridal party at the beach.
Getting 18 (!) people on the same page for a few photos is going to be no small task. No matter how much you warn a group, you always seem to end up with someone looking away from the camera at exactly the time they shouldn't be - who remembers all the photos a photographer took at a family reunion, even after he said "OK. One more!" for the third time? So, I've got a few plans as to how to keep the Photoshop-eye-swapping to a minimum. A couple months ago, the website Strobist.com had an entry about Ryan Brenizer, who has perfected and made popular the "bokeh panorama," commonly known now as the "Brenizer Method." With his speed of making panoramics, not only has he been able to give his photos the feel of a different era, but also done some really cool composite images that would have been (practically speaking) impossible in one shot. This has given me the courage to try out something similar this weekend. (That is, of course, after I'm satisfied with the "normal" group shots I get first!)
However, before any of that happens, I've got to get back to making the list for the 42nd time. Batteries. Batteries. Charger. Memory cards...