Everyone has their personal ups and downs and their “creative vibe” closely follows. Perhaps too closely sometimes…
Every photographer out there has his likes and dislikes but most of the times we follow the paths leading to conformity. The more “artistic liberty” we take the more we tend to follow each other and even more so the pro photographer who has to abide by “roof overhead, food on the table” game rules. A few lucky (and mostly financially independent) ones aside, we tend on keeping up with the industry trends so we become omnivorous, opportunistic creatures. Every once in a while however, we have occasional bouts of rebellion which is good because this is how the fresher trends get born.
As any photographer I tend to worry about quite a few things, here’s a small glimpse :
Will I get the moving subway’s forward car just right, relative to the couple’s position ? Sure, 5fps helps if you time it right however there’s nothing keeping the strong rush of air getting her hair in both their faces just at “the right moment”.
At certain times conformity is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is following trends. Sometimes it may lead to images like this one. A little bit of posing, a little bit of prompting, then stepping away and let the couple interact on their own terms while you wait, camera to your eye.
Here I’m worrying about the DJ lights. Light is one of the things I worry about most often, especially when it moves a lot, like this one was, while also constantly changing color. Oh, and the couple was not standing still either.
It’s -6° Celsius and we’re shooting outside. I’m seriously worried about the couple catching a nasty cold. My coat was left inside, so I’m not exactly comfortable either… Neither is my partner, the videographer or the couple’s parents.
This couple’s church was scheduled for demolition shortly after their ceremony. Usually that is not such a big issue but for them this church holds a pretty deep meaning. Getting everything right would be my main worry here. The chances for a redo are zero. What stress ?!??! What pressure ?!??!
It’s little over 6:30AM proving it is never too early to worry about light (there’s not much of it available). Bride involuntarily blinks every time I try using a bit of flash to tip the exposure battle my way, so the flash is plain useless. Besides it completely ruins the quiet intimacy of this setting.
Watch your step! Picture perfect in the air, extremely slippery once on the floor, artificial snow’s “slightly oily” consistency made cleaning my lens “slightly laborious” after the couple’s first dance. The floor had to be wiped clean as well.
Not too many worries here, except for the groom who’s slowly roasting under the Midday Sun in his period costume. And over exposing the background (which I did).
She’s not showing it much but she’s worried sick and along her, everyone else around is just as worried. Her mom took a nasty fall just half an hour ago and had to be rushed to emergency, blood coming out of her forehead. In the end it turned up to be nothing serious but for the time being, one had to worry about keeping everyone’s spirits up. Photography was the last of my worries.
At the end of the day one will be surprised to see how many hats a photographer had to wear on that particular day. However the question on everyone’s mind is: “why? any money in this?” The Duck says it better than anyone else (as usual):