Let me be clear as a bell. This is not “putting down” newcomers to the game. On the contraire, these are the tips here for the newcomer to survive. It’s a big undertaking and you might as well know what you are getting into. 

It’s also for Brides and Grooms who also might be less knowledgeable on how to select a photographer. Sometimes they run in the same circles and when they meet, it’s called a “impending crash”. When they agree to do it, it’s called “an impending disaster”. It has another name, read on...

The Bride is challenging the Photographer to do a very difficult job without regard for his or her qualifications, knowledge or experience, on the one single most important day in a lifetime. 
She picked you because of being frugal and she liked your Teddy Bear pictures

The ones you did with a three light Strobist setup. You might be accepting the challenge without a clue as to what really is needed both in equipment, style, qualifications and experience. This is also what we call clueless meeting clueless... with the result meeting the great Russian Attorney Boris Kutsunutsoff.


The second thing that cracks me up are the questions that arise if someone else at the wedding has better gear than you do.  Oh, the embarrassment, I have been outgunned by a guest.


When I go out with a newbie for a wedding he booked, I let them go as far as they can just before they destroy themselves. Then I step in and get it under control.  Here is another scenario, you are a great tap dancer, you just won American Idol for your exploits. You are challenged to tap dance across a minefield and wondering if you wore the right shoes. 

Ninety percent of the new photographers I see on the wedding forums asking for advice are wondering more about the shoes and haven’t got a clue about what’s happening at a wedding.  You never hear from them after the event because they have been blown to smithereens.

If you desire to become a professional in this arena the key is experience and self- confidence. Experience is gained by reading, observing, attending, inquiring, and eventually working with an established professional. Self-confidence is not bravado, it is the culmination of experience.


Never shoot a wedding without a backup. If this is just a one shot experience, I wish you the best of luck. On that note, ever wonder why most big game rifles in Africa are what we call “doubles”? 

First the doubles gun is two chambers, separate triggers, in essence, redundancy and simplicity. No clips or stack feed hang-ups to shut this baby down. A miss is backed up by a complete self contained barrel, chamber and firing mechanism. The second point for the doubles gun is that it is fast, very fast.  Another rule of caution is bring extra ammo when what you shoot has bigger teeth than you and they appear in this photo to be well taken care of.  No sweets...

This prevents, providing the user is qualified to shoot it, from being eaten or mangled by what YOU intended to eat or mangle. Thus, I made this site to make you think and give you some clues as to what to do so that you can pull it off. It’s no fun being a mere burp in a Lions belly or eventually a participant in Dung Beetle Football.

So your best "A" rig goes bad during the processional. Unlikely you are going to stop the whole thing telling the bride to stand still while you fix the camera.  Don't think so. The pro reaches over and grabs the backup, continues on. The amateur has just lost the battle...

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