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A Wedding Photographer Nightmare

March 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Brides have nightmares about their weddings. So do wedding photographers.

I haven't shot a wedding in a while and I have one coming up this weekend. I guess that's why I had a nightmare about it. The couple in my dream wasn't this weeks couple, thank goodness. It was a different couple whose wedding I shot years ago. Other than a wreck on 81 making FinallyFinally everyone late, that wedding went perfectly. It's so strange that my mind would decide to twist it years later.

In my dream it was two o'clock. The ceremony was scheduled for two-thirty. I noticed I forgot my tripod so I went out to my car parked right in front of the church to retrieve it. When I came back in, the time was two-twenty and the ceremony had just ended and the couple were about to walk out. Completely confused, I of course freak out and scramble to get shots of them processing out. When I hit the button on my camera, everything on my camera that is detachable falls off. So I also miss all of the processional. My mind is racing trying to figure out what I should do. I don't know if the wedding couple are aware I didn't get a single picture of their ceremony. I'm wondering why they started early? And I'm trying to figure out how it took me twenty minutes to go out to my car.

I decide to set up for the formal images like I normally would and recreate parts of the ceremony before getting started with the formals. I explain what happened to the bride and what I plan to do. She seems okay with it. For some reason after I get everyone back to the alter, the bride moves away saying she can't be there anymore, she can't stand it. I still haven't taken a single picture. I have no idea why she doesn't want to be at the alter. I can't see anything wrong with it. Now I'm really up the creek. I don't have a single picture!

About that time my husband's alarm goes off. I'm soooo glad. I really hate the wedding nightmares. They are so stressful. I've never had anything like this happen at a wedding, but I guess it is always in the back of a photographer's mind. 

So brides, some advice. Never start your wedding early! And make sure you know where your photographer is before starting anything important. You shouldn't have this problem with a pro photographer, but you never know.

 

 


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