Dave has been asked to take wedding photos for his cousin, next year. How exciting (and flattering) is that? He’s really very good. And so interested in all the mind-numbing stuff about, um, well, about taking photos.
So, all the advice we’ve seen is, first, tell the couple to get a professional, and second, tell the couple, no, really, get a professional!
Having taken that into account, I think he’s going to do it. He’s playing around with a big new flash, and reading all sorts of photograph-taking books.
But the thing is, someone always seems to end up upset, even with a pro. Somebody’s left out of group shots, or something. And this is dear, dear family. I know they’ll be understanding, but gosh.
So, we’re thinking of lists, and different responsibilities for different helpers, and perhaps me doing the bride-in-her-underwear shots, and a speech early on introducing him and explaining his, umm, amateur status. “Please bear with us, and don’t leave without making sure Dave’s got you, and any groups you want.” That type of thing.
(Incidentally, I just this moment fixed a disastrous problem with a Lego fire engine ladder, and earned myself a kiss and a hug and a big “thank you!” He’s just declared that he will always remember that I am an excellent Lego fire engine fixer, and he is leaving the fire engine here for me to look after. I am to give him a shout if anything happens, like the ladder tipping over. “And Mummy, don’t put it in the bin!”)
So, any wedding photography wisdom, anyone, please? What stories have you all heard about things going wrong- what important pics were left out, that kind of stuff. (Technical advice welcome, too, I’m sure!) The couple are lovely- easygoing and sensible and happy, and we want to get it as right as possible for them!