The wedding was an informal backyard affair, but provided plenty of good shooting opportunities and challenges. My wife assisted me on this shoot, and that assistance came in handy. She worked the opposite side of the ceremony from me, and was able to capture some angles I could not. She was also able to be my grip and runner, when I needed something.
This past weekend, I was very busy. I investigated the site for a wedding I'm shooting in July, and shot a family reunion. The family reunion was at a community pool. A mix of informal candid shots and more formal posed shots.
After every shoot, I like to review what happened during the shoot and find some lessons learned. After these two sessions, one of my lessons learned is I'm going to start keeping a lessons learned checklist that I keep with me and review before each shoot!
My other lessons learned from these sessions include:
- Pay more attention to the background in outdoor shots. In a couple shots recently, I have had a good foreground and near background, but the far background had items like trash cans and cars I didn't notice when I took the picture. Paying attention to these upfront can eliminate Photoshop cloning later!
- In family gatherings, sit the grandparents down, and shot them each with each grandchild individually. I had this thought in my mind when I started the shoot this weekend, but got lost trying to meet the customer's requests. Taking these images provides more options to customers for the final product, and provides good memories for all.
- A good wedding/location shoot camera bag. I learned this during the wedding shoot and solved it before the family reunion by getting a Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60. This bags served my needs perfectly and held everything I needed for a day's shoot. Lesson learned!
- An assistant at all times. Having an assistant at the wedding helped a lot. Not having an assistant at the family reunion made things hard. From now on, I'll always try to bring an assistant with me on location shoots.
This next weekend I have another location family shoot, and in a few weeks, a big formal wedding. I'll be reviewing all my notes and lessons learned before those shoots, and keep adding to my list following each shoot.