A&P Im no tits.... v.possiblytheweirdestweddingiveeverbeento....

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  1. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Ok first off, this is my first wedding as a first shooter. the bride and groom loved all the shots. I however, normally being my own toughest critique, am not too proud of them.

    The wedding was very unorthodox. Wedding started at 8pm... Ceremony and Reception happened at virtually the same time. Held in a Meeting room of the Santa Fe Hotel and casino. Bride got ready in a hotel room, a very very small one at that. Was not allowed to take bridal party or groom party outside for formals.

    i arrive at 6:30, i was told by bride and groom the room was going to be ready so i can get some detail shots and shots of teh dress shoes etc... I get there, another party is still in the meeting room. So i call the groom he meets me leads me up to the brides "dressing" room. Shes not there, he said she will be there in 30 min. In which i kinda freaked, I asked him if that was gonna be enough time for her to get ready, he said yeah she is getting her hair and make up down at some salon. I said cool. 700 rolls around bride still not there, meanwhile im waiting in this room. She gets to teh room at 715 without dress or shoes. I freaked again, asked her where teh dress was, she said with the bell hop. He doesnt arrive till 730 she is running around freaking out, I manage to shoot some detail shots in 5 min. She gets ready and is late... she arrives at 830. so already everything is 30 min late. They only have the room till 11.

    Anyway fast forward to the ceremony, since its in a meeting room setup for dinner, the room is very very low lit. I had to shoot at iso3200 underexposed by one stop at 1/50 @1.8, it was crazy low. So anyway ceremony is over in 20 min. The toast commences. They turn up the lights... I was like WTF why not turn up the lights for the actual ceremony, bride and groom super pissed at the event coordinator. Then everyone grabs food at the buffet.

    Garter toss and Bouquet toss commences during din din, no one really watching. DJ plays Everyone was kung fu fighting. :rofl:

    Then the first dance, again no one really paying attention because they are at the buffet line and eating.

    Then something called the dollar dance happens, a hispanic tradition they say, where people donate a dollar to dance with either the bride or groom. Mom and dad get upset cuz no one is going up there. There were about 50 people total at the wedding... 15 people went up to dance.

    Cake cutting, again no one paying attention

    Then dancing on the dance floor.... DJ plays fucking raggaeton! No one dances. bride and groom have to hustle folks on the dance floor. DJ plays YMCa some people dance, then hotel management yelling at the bride and groom explaining that they will shut down the party because they have heard complaints from the bartender that there is underage drinking... Drama ensues as the bride and groom start accusing family members... Party gets closed at 11pm...

    all in all weirdest wedding and most low budget wedding i have ever been too...

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  2. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    Great pics even with the horrible situation. I've had a similar experience, but I think your story topped mine. :)
     
  3. xenon supra

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    the look good!
     
  4. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    aren't all weddings like this?

    I don't think i've shot one that HASN'T been exactly like this....

    You'll get used to it. It's all about making the best of what you've got... And you did that! so congrats!

    In regards to 'freaking out', just remember - You're just the photographer... They're the ones getting married. Your #1 job is to NOT create additional stress.
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Actually, I think his #1 job is to capture the moment. :mamoru:
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    I would disagree.

    He was hired to capture the moment. But capturing the moment is far less important than not fucking up the moment.

    Remember, it's a wedding. Not your photoshoot. They're your customers, not your models.
     
  7. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Whatever.
     
  8. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    ok.

    :rolleyes: :ugh:
     
  9. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    nice pics, I think you did a great job
     
  10. Girth

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    Nice pics. You did great w/ the venue given. :cool:
     
  11. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    Dude, wouldn't you think it's the wedding planners job to make sure everything goes smooth and reduce stress for the bride & groom? That's not the job of the photographer.


    With what you said, you minus whale say it's the wedding planners #1 job to get great photos.
     
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    ouch man, what a story. You did good considering this was your 1st :cool:
     
  13. FlashhslaF

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    damn i expected shitty shots with what you had to deal with....those are damn good.

    Can you post some shots of the ceremony. I"m curious how they came out.

    Oh and Light setup info during the Reception
     
  14. jared_IRL

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    I said to not ADD stress.

    The photographer 'freaking out' about where the dress is and who's doing what is NOT something a photographer should be doing.

    The best wedding photog's out there are invisible, roll with the flow of things, AND get great photo's.

    Sometimes you only have 5 minutes, and ALWAYS things don't go as planned. Getting pissed or frustrated or freaking out about that stuff does NOT help.

    My most glowing recommendations come from couples who's weddings had major issues, and I helped them to work through them by being flexible, calm and resourceful. NOT the ones where i've panicked a bit trying to get what I thought I needed.

    You learn QUICK.

    But to be honest, I don't really give a fuck what your opinion is. So you minus whale just respond to this with another smiley. Or not at all.
     
  15. Lol McRofles

    Lol McRofles Lollers OT Supporter

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    :werd:
     
  16. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Thanks for the kind words, yeah it was crazy. Especially since i knew the couple from before hand, normal club rats in Vegas. So i see them out alot. But whats the craaziest is after the wedding like the next day on Myspace, she sent out a Thank you bulletin and bitched about people not bringing any gifts!


    Thanks alot. i dont think they look all that great, only thing i really like is the ring shot, and the first dance.

    Thanks! I tried my best to stay out of it, it was just all around crazy. I have assisted on jobs before and nothing like this ever went down. I was prepared for the unexpected though, i just figured i would tell you my first wedding story :)


    :) :h5:


    thanks alot, all in all i chalk it up to a good experience, better the craziness happen in my first one, so i can prepare for it next time.



    :bowdown: :kiss: thanks tits! You inspired me when i was there, I thought WWTD, what would tits do? I wish i could take pics at the awesome weddings you get too. :) Need a 2nd? :)


    Will do once everything is editted :)


    Light setup was 2 sb28s on two light stands, moved them around accordingly triggered with Cybersyncs, however used 580ex on a bracket for fill light. triggered the transmitter from my pc connection.


    thanks again.




    All in all it was a great learning experience, i definitely felt stressed being that it was my first wedding. But after this one and how weddings allow me to get creative juices flowing i want to do more and more. I want to be Tits and Ed Pingol caliber. I want to be featured on FlashFlavor!!!
     
  17. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Oh yeah.... camera and lenses...

    I used two 40d's, 50-150 2.8, 18-50 2.8, 10-20, 50 1.4, 20 1.8, and 85 1.8.

    Beleive it or not the 18-50 and the 20 1.8 and 50 1.4 got used the most. I think its the crop factor. If i was full frame probably would have been the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8
     
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    im scared shitless when it comes to using off camera lighting for the bouquet toss, im scared as fuck that one day the flash wont go off. there are no do-overs with that shit
     
  19. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I pre-test all my gear. thats not gonna happen.
     
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    ive had a 580exII misfire a few times :o
     
  21. Girth

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    WWTD :bowrofl:

    I'll think about that the wedding I'm doing in 2 weeks. :bowdown:
     
  22. f/2.8L

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    :wtc:

    As usual, you're totally missing my point.
     
  23. Perkwunos

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    Every wedding here in texas I have been to doe the dollar dance, I dunno where the tradition comes from though.
     
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    never heard of a dollar dance.
     
  25. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    They look great :) I really like the second shot. Simple, but nice.

    I also love how in the YMCA picture everyone is doing Y except the one chick already on the M :rofl: :rofl:
     

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