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denis

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hi all, a friend of mine asked me would i be interested to shoot weeding as a backup? i've agreed.
so here come the quest, what are the thing i should do and nots ? and what kind of thing i should shoot? 1st timer.
 

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mpenza said:
talk to the main photographer and try not to block him/her (he/she is usually paid to do the job well).
thanks! what should i talk to (S)he about?
what kind of equi i need to use?
anymore comments?? need it!!
 

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denis

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lolx.. anymore comments ? pour all on me!!
 

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Use your normal equipment, get a spare flash and body along if possible. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Bring extra batteries even if you have a powerpack, just bring some batteries along.

Bring some spare 400 and/or 800 flims, especially during dinner. Most shots will be indoor, except if the couple wanted outdoor shoots, thus the light will be quite dim.

Most importantly, don't get into the way of the main Photographer, try not to duplicate what he took, take things he missed out, you are there to compliment him, not to duplicate him.

If you can, take some shots of the small things.
 

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You need a backup backup photographer? :D Heehee...

Just focus on the candid shots, these are shots the paid photographer will never have time to take.
 

denis

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ohoH!! nono, i might be the backup.. point noted! more more!!
gan xie ning :D
 

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blurblock said:
Use your normal equipment, get a spare flash and body along if possible. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Bring extra batteries even if you have a powerpack, just bring some batteries along.

Bring some spare 400 and/or 800 flims, especially during dinner. Most shots will be indoor, except if the couple wanted outdoor shoots, thus the light will be quite dim.

Most importantly, don't get into the way of the main Photographer, try not to duplicate what he took, take things he missed out, you are there to compliment him, not to duplicate him.

If you can, take some shots of the small things.
HeYhEy!! in mine mind alrady! thanks! compliment him, not duplicate! many thanks to those who have reply!! pour more! :blah:
 

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bring water, make sure u have the day's programme, get to know the brothers and sisters and family members well since u'll be taking candids of them, eh... yeah i'll add somemore as i remember...
 

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jOhO said:
bring water, make sure u have the day's programme, get to know the brothers and sisters and family members well since u'll be taking candids of them, eh... yeah i'll add somemore as i remember...
okie, thanks alot alot alot!!! slowly slowly, take your time.. :) appreciated!
 

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Here's something I picked up at an overseas forum. Not of much use to me since I not wedding photographer main or backup. It looks like a very concise guide, wedding shooters pls add in stuff. :thumbsup:


"WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST

Here are a number of suggestions for pictures. Please check those you would like taken, and please fill in any special requests you may have. This list helps guide the photographer while taking pictures.


BRIDAL PREPARATIONS
Bride putting on finishing touches
Placing garter on bride's leg
Bride helping attendants
Bride pinning corsage on mother
Bride pinning boutonniere on father
Flower girl handing bouquet to bride
Mother adjusting bride's veil
Mother and bride
Family and bride
Father and bride
Leaving the house
Arriving at the church

PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY
Groom and groomsmen
Groom and best man checking watches
Groom adjusting best man's boutonniere
Best man adjusting groom's tie
Groomsmen dragging groom into church
Groom's mother on usher's arm
Bride's mother on usher's arm
Bride and bridesmaids in vestibule
Bride and father in vestibule

DURING THE CEREMONY
Groom and groomsmen at head of aisle
Flower girl and ring bearer
Bridesmaids walking up aisle
Bride and father starting up the aisle
Father giving away bride
Exchange of vows
Exchange of rings
Time exposure of church and guests
Bride and groom coming down the aisle<o:p></o:p>


FORMAL PORTRAITS AT ALTAR
Entire wedding party
Bride and groom and parents
Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer
Bride and groom
Couple kissing
Bride alone

AFTER THE CEREMONY
Signing of marriage license
Bride and groom leaving church
Receiving line outside of church
Outdoor or mood shots in and around church
Suggested location for outdoor shots
Wedding party getting into cars
Bride and groom seated in car

AT THE RECEPTION
Bride and groom arriving
Receiving line
Guests signing book
Cake before it is cut
The head table
Best man toasting wedding couple
Wedding party toasting bride and groom
Closeup of bride and groom toasting
Closeup of couple's hands with rings
First dance of bride and groom
Bride dancing with father
Groom dancing with mother
General dancing shots
Candids of wedding party
Guests
Special group or family pictures
Couple cutting cake and feeding each other
Bride tossing bouquet
Woman catching bouquet
Groom removing and tossing bride's garter
Man catching garter
Bride and groom leaving



Hope that helps

Jeri"
 

denis

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hey man, thank you very much for the time you took and let me know. gan xie ning! ;)
 

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The list is only useful if you're shooting overseas. The flow is more on the western style, and is not very suitable for local usage.

Let me give a sample flow to a generic day of wedding in SG instead.

Morning
Bridal makeup
Family shots
Veiling of bride by parents

Groom arrives
Teasing & difficulties for groom
Groom enters
Groom unveils the bride
Groom kisses the bride

Tea Ceremonies (at both sides)
Group photos

Dinner
Bridal make up
Brothers & Sisters preparation for dinner (Emcees)
Autography of signatures
Shaking of hands of relatives/friends with families
March in
Cutting of cake
Taking seats
Change of clothes + march in again
Pop of champagne bottle
Pour of champagne on tower of glasses
Intertwine drinking for couple
YAM-SENG!!!!
Table shots
<Repeat the italics in opposite flow>

This is a pretty generic flow of what will happen in the morning and dinner, hope it gives some insight on what to expect and look out for. If there's a church involved between the shots let me know and I'll supply a generic flow too.

Cheers.
 

foxtwo

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oh yah, me forgot... heheh.. thx espn!
shucks, western style so much more happening.
 

denis

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foxtwo said:
oh yah, me forgot... heheh.. thx espn!
shucks, western style so much more happening.
WoOoOoO lala, thanks espn for taking time to explain it. :)

foxtwo, haha, is okie thanks btw!
 

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you know i look at the checklists,

then i think :


why not just give a simpler advice ?


"shoot everything."
 

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sequitur said:
you know i look at the checklists,

then i think :


why not just give a simpler advice ?


"shoot everything."
I will put it as shoot everything the main photographer missed out ;).
 

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