Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Wedding Photographer Etiquette
The only expertise I have in photographing weddings is.... well, none. But it doesn't take a genius to realize that a wedding photographer shouldn't stand RIGHT in front of the couple during the entire ceremony. The lovely family memebers of this couple all had their cameras out to capture the event, only to have this idiot ruin the whole thing. I couldn't even SEE the couple from where I was sitting. And I'm guessing that another rule of wedding photography is to be invisible. That bright-ass orange shirt certainly doesn't blend.
And if all that weren't enough.... at the end of the night this idiot comes up to my brother (who was the best man) and asked him if all the groomsmen lived in town. Well no, no they don't. Why do you ask? Well, he would like to 'do a reshoot of the groomsmen later in the week'. WHAT?!
I'm still trying to perfect use of my new lens, and I'm finding that I need lots of light, and NO movement to get a good shot. But I love the super shallow depth of field I get in every shot.
Besides the dumb photographer, it was a beautiful wedding. The groom's family owns a popular catering and party company in town, so the food was fantastic and the decorations were perfect. Oh, and the cake cost $1000! Cripe.
My most recent photography assignment is Portraits. We're supposed to take portraits of people 'In Our World'. I'm using the picture of Ryan after the fire that I love as one, and I'm hoping to get my mom to sit for me. She's totally gorgeous and photographs beautifully. Today I took off work for 2 hours to see her receive the "Woman of the Year" award at her work. She looked so beautiful and distinguished, and someone actually said to her that she looked younger than the last time they saw her. I hope those genes start working in my favor!
Anyway, back to protraits. We practiced last night in the studio at school w/ another student and her adorable daughter. It was hard to take a bad picture of these two. Here's one I like:
After we finished in the studio, we followed some music on campus to a huge room filled with people in their best dress dancing to a big band. It was the Generations Ball held every year at the college. The Ball gets together older folks and young college athletes for a night of dancing and bridging the gap. My whole class crashed the party and attempted to blend into the crowd and practice our skills. It was amazing. These older folks could DANCE. And the young chippies? Not so much.
So I started thinking about how it seems like true dancing seems to be fading out. It has been a really long time since I've danced with a man who knows how to truly lead a woman. I'm so blessed that my mom taught us to dance when we were young.
When we were young, my mom cooked a fancy dinner every night so that we could all sit down as a family. No TV, no phone calls, just family. But while dinner was cooking my brother and I learned. We learned the box step, the waltz, and others. We started by standing on her feet and the older we got, the more complicated the dancing got.
So, how about you? Can you dance?
And could this post be any longer?
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.