A Twist in the Tale
“I was only 5km away from the church, when my car decided to have a flat tyre. It was frustrating because the destination wasn’t close enough that I could walk it out.”
If your camera failing you is the worst thing that can happen, imagine not being able to reach your destination!
I was assigned to photograph Sharon and Jansen’s wedding in Goa. Right after I was done photographing Sharon getting ready at her house, I got into my car so that I could reach the church in time to shoot the nuptial ceremony. However, about 5km before I could arrive at my destination, my car encountered a flat tyre. No amount of preparation could have ever made me anticipate a situation like this.
Being stranded somewhere close but not close enough to walk it out, was a little frustrating. Suddenly, I remembered that in Goa, the wedding party usually arranged for a bus to transport the people of the village, (who don’t have a mode of transportation) to the church. I collected my gear and asked my assistant to get the car fixed while I waited for the bus to pass by. As soon as it appeared I stopped it, got inside, and managed to get to the church in time.
“In case I wouldn’t have been able to reach the church in time, my colleague who was shooting at the groom’s place, would have taken my position to shoot the nuptials. In times like these, an extra pair of hands can be lifesaving!”
Tips to Help You Be a Better Wedding Photographer:
9. Define Your Role: If you only shoot candids or just portraits, stick to it. Let the clients know what your role is so that there is no confusion on the day of the shoot.
10. Know When to Drink: Drinking at a wedding is a personal preference. But it is best to avoid it or keep it till the end, after you ensure that you have all your important shots.
11. Back Up Your Photos: As soon as the wedding winds up, quickly back up your pictures. Don’t wait till the next day to save them. You may risk losing them.
12. New Accessories: Continuous use of storage devices eventually results in wear and tear. If you shoot extensively, then purchase new CF cards or hard disks annually.
13. Wear Similar Clothes: If you have a large team, it is advisable that they wear a similar attire. Not only is it professional but it will make it easier for the guests to locate your team.
14. Charge on the Spot: If your battery runs out, charge it immediately at the venue. This practice comes in handy, especially if you are shooting weddings back-to-back.
15. Number Your Batteries: Repeated use of the same batteries will eventually reduce their lifespan. Numbering them ensures that you use all the batteries equally.
16. The Right Lens: When shooting at a religious place, you need to be cautious. A zoom lens can come handy in a situation like this because it won’t cause any disturbance.(Story continues on the next page.) Tags: A Twist in the Tale, Anup J Kattukaran, backup, Camera Accessories, charging, checklist, Comfort, Conchita Fernandes, Discreetness, edric george, Features, flash, gear, Harkiran Bhasin, Lens, october 2014, Riddhi Parekh, Scouting Locations, Storage, Stories, technique, Wedding Disasters, Wedding Photographers