Last weekend my good friend Katrina married the love of her life Dan. The day was filled with love, and as a bridesmaid I felt like I had an even closer view of a wedding day than I had before…. My associate photographer Amber and assistant Brie were shooting the wedding… Assistants Brian and Alicia were guests. It was truly a picture perfect day 🙂 Here is the ‘inside scoop’ on how I feel that being a bridesmaid makes me a better wedding photographer.
The wedding party and family have likely been up for hours before the photographer arrives. Some of them might have headaches, sore feet, be tired or have hangovers. An emergency kit filled with items such as Tylenol, bobby pins, band-aids & hairspray in the camera bag is a must.
Nerves are real.
A bride may not be nervous until a millisecond before walking down isle OR she could be nervous all day. It is important to be in tune and to watch her emotions to know when to step back and allow her to breath.
As a seasoned wedding photographer I would like to be able to anticipate every moment of the day….Guess what? Things happen. Hair appointments may run later than planned. Flowers could be dropped off at a different location. It could rain (eek!). Just roll with it. If the bride and groom are keeping it together then the photographer should too.
It’s also a big day for mom.
The amount of planning that goes into a wedding from the bridal shower to the wedding day is often organized by mom (or aunt, grandmother, sister). Naturally she will be close by to be sure that her princess has the best wedding day ever. As a photographer it is important to keep mom in the loop!
It’s all about the bride.
I already knew this but really it is…
Take the lead.
Wedding photographers (videographers, dj’s etc) should never add stress to a wedding day. It is so important to have a game plan. I don’t look to the couple for all the ideas… That’s why she hired a pro. If there is not a wedding planner on-site then it is the photographers responsibility to keep the timeline in check.
These are once-in-a-lifetime moments.
Family and friends get busy with life and sometimes travel far distances for a wedding. To have these groups of people together in one room for an evening really is precious and priceless. It is so important to catch these special moments between friends and family- even the goofy ones.