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  • Jeff Bushman

Behind the Scenes of a Wedding Photoshoot

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a wedding photoshoot? In this post, we pull back the curtain and delve into a day in the life of a wedding photographer. From the early morning preparations to the final click of the camera, gain insights into the dedication and passion that goes into creating stunning wedding albums. Get ready to appreciate the artistry and commitment that make your special day unforgettable.

The first thing to know is that on the day of the wedding, the photographer is normally not just getting started in preparations for your special day (though we are available for last-minute situations as are many other wedding photographers). Usually, the pro has met with you and either taken engagement photos, or at least discussed with you the shots you want at your event. S/he has also learned a lot about you and maybe gone with you to a favorite place and taken some pictures of you that will become part of your "forever package."

Your photographer may also have visited the venue(s) with you where the ceremony and reception will take place and has found out what's permissible in terms of lighting the event on "the day of."

In short it's like Abe Lincoln said, if you only have 15 minutes to chop a pile of wood, you spend 13 minutes sharpening the axe and 2 minutes chopping.

On your day, the preparations include making sure the cameras and lighting are ready to go, the batteries are charged and the SD cards are ready to accept your pictures. The nutrition bars and drinks are also ready to go so the person in charge of your photos maintains the high energy level needed to capture the standard as well as the unusual photos - the pictures that tell the story of your guests, including your relatives, and most importantly, the two of you.

Then comes the big event(s). The photographer is all over the place, trying to be unobtrusive for the most part, but taking photos of the bride getting ready, the groom trying to not look nervous, the maids and matrons of honor, the groom's best man and ushers both before and during the event.

We're there accommodating the guests who need special direction to get their picture taken because of advanced age or physical limitations. When we interact with your guests, we make sure that they enjoy the experience of having their image made a permanent record of your special day.

The photographer will concentrate on the groom and the bride and their special moments with each other. That glance, that caress, the smile and maybe the tear of joy.

When the day is over, your "picture-smith" will put the gear away and spend a few minutes talking to you and repeating what to expect in terms of looking at your proofs so you can decide what to do with your images. And then the photographer will head out and start getting your pictures ready for you to review.

Questions? Send a note or give us a call.

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