The day before the Big Day – why wedding photography is 90% behind the scenes

Category : Various · No Comments April 20, 2012

So, today is a wonderful sunny day and for once I am actually experiencing that elusive thing, ‘the work-life balance’. I think this is as good as it gets; working hard at a job I love, with a little downtime for family and friends. Tomorrow I’m shooting the wedding of Joanna and Jason, so yesterday was a hectic runaround to make sure that everything was in place. You see, a lot goes in to photographing a wedding and like an iceberg 90% of it is behind the scenes. I train 5-6 days per week to make sure that I am physically at peak fitness to carry heavy kit for long hours and still remain good humoured, organised and creative. I also practice photography between weddings, so that I can experiment  and keep myself creatively open. Then of course there’s all the editing (usually about 6 days per wedding), engagement shoots and designing wedding books.

Two days before the wedding I like to have a very practical day. Camera back from its service, with a clean sensor and all components in good working order? Check. Glasses repaired? Check.  (the dramatic snapping of my glasses was Wednesday’s drama! Now I am the proud owner of two pairs of glasses, two cameras, and two eyes. Plus a fantastic sidekick, Francesca – although of course I don’t own her!). Shoes shined? Check. Dress ironed? Check. High energy snacks packed ready for a long challenging day tomorrow? Check. It all means that I am fully prepared to do a fantastic job on Saturday. Because above all what I love doing is creating fantastic wedding photography. Good wedding photography is about so many aspects, and preparation is one very important ingredient.

Today is the day before the wedding and it’s a rest day. I don’t train, so that tomorrow I will have bags of energy and enthusiasm to run around. I check through the schedule and the shot list and I make sure that I know exactly what’s happening tomorrow and later today I will chat to Francesca to make sure she’s on board with everything. Mostly today I let my mind relax so that I’m in a truly creative space for tomorrow.

Here are some irises – the flower of creativity so they say!


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