So today, I had the opportunity to do a San Diego Wedding Photographer Walk-Through. What that means to me is that I had an opportunity to see the wedding venue, beforehand. As a second shooter, for Ronalyn Concepcion on most weddings, I do not normally get this opportunity.
I think that is one of the reasons, that I like to arrive early, besides being prepared. Is that you get an opportunity to get a lay of the land, if you will. This is because most of the time, as a second shooter, it is rare that you are a part of the planning stage and of course minimal input. You get see the venue and check out areas that you deem ideal for photographing the wedding. Also, most of the time there is a wedding shot list, which is a selection of pictures that the bride and groom have found that he or she likes. Note: I did put Bride first, because more than likely she will be making the decisions, about the entire event.
One thing you should note is that everything is already planned. You are there to photograph and provide a service, so try and not take it personally. You can do a little swaying, but everything is pretty much set in stone. So, just buck up.
Ok, on the venue. I would recommend going at the exact time you are photographing, maybe a little later. Take a walk around the area and scout the area with an open mind, because you never know what is nearby and might be appealing to the couple. If the couple likes creativity, let your mind go wild and I am sure they will be on board. Those types of couple a great and pretty much up of anything.
Next is the questionnaire, now most wedding photographers will have the couple fill out a questionnaire giving him or her all the necessary information regarding the wedding. Key people on this list are parents, main bride and groomsman and the wedding planner. Get to know the wedding planner, she is the gate keeper and will provide all the information you need and more. On the questionnaire is usually a list of who gets photographed with him. This is important, because these pictures are what the bride and groom paid for. I would try and get these done and out of the way first, if possible.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.