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    wise person told me: when flying , think ahead of the airplane, when driving, "drive ahead" with your mind along the route...turns, actions, etc.

    I hope that during the wedding you can be mentally ahead by familiarizing yourself with the schedule so you know at which points you would be shooting a lot and the critical points.

    I am myself in the wedding business but not as a photographer (i am doing other vendor services)

    good luck!

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    not to frighten you, this is a real life situation.

    not sure anyone still able to sleep well at night if in his shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    not to frighten you, this is a real life situation.

    not sure anyone still able to sleep well at night if in his shoes.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/newbi...lem-react.html
    i immediately thought of this thread too. lol

    that other TS sad to say really sounds like he botched it bad.

    i honestly i don't feel sorry for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sito82 View Post
    No really. If you eat at the dinner as well then you need to give ang bao. In the end, you are paying more than what you get unless your friend is really generous to give you more.
    You will have no time to 'eat' at the reception. Whatever you 'eat' are fast gobbles down of water and easily swallowed type of food, probably cold.

    7pm start u shooting cocktail hour of buddy buddy group pictures and couple welcoming guests

    Then you shoot the first march in, then cake cut, someone probably gives a speech, you shoot that. then you have a small 30 minutes window of rest while the couple leaves to change but instead of eating cold food leftover by your friends at the table, you will be checking your noob shots for mistakes and try not to repeat again for 2nd march in. The couple march in again, pop the champagene and do the yam seng thing, then it's one freaking hour of table group shots, once done, it's on straight to the guests send off shots and more buddy buddy group shots. By then waiters already folding up tables. This what happens at common lower tier to mid tier weddings. So tell me, how much Angbao you wanna give to eat bits and pieces of cold food? How much the couple can save if they do away with your seat?

    Half the people dishing out advice here have no real pro wedding photog experience.

    Charge your friend at least $70 per hour. And don't bring anymore photog friends. It just take away more control from you and increase chances of things going out of control and failed expectations.

    Either you do it right and pro, or you don't do it at all. Sorry, no midground, and mid ground is the most dangerous game to play.

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    i read the thread linked by catchlight and it really shocked me. screwing up on people's once in a lifetime event is really something that will burn a mark in one's memory.

    his wedding is in late december, and he told me that he really hope i can do it. well, after reading all the advices everyone gave, i'm now thinking of convincing him to engage another photographer that also falls within that budget range (since he gonna bao ang bao/ pay me), and maybe i'll act as a second photographer to gain exp. but JasonB bro's comment actually made me understand that having more photographers may nt really help and may end up unpleasant.

    i will update with his decision again =)

    btw i saw someone asking abt my gears. i only have a canon 60D, canon 24-70 f2.8, and a 580EXII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by takahashi View Post
    btw i saw someone asking abt my gears. i only have a canon 60D, canon 24-70 f2.8, and a 580EXII.
    your gears are good enough. just rent a second body as a back up.

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