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    In my early life, when I worked for a large studio, I shot countless weddings, most of them, handheld 4X5 with flash at first, then later, strobe. We always shot from a script and the usual wedding was 200 negs. It was well known that shooting a Mexican wedding was where the real money was. It was not unusual for the photography to run over $2000 and up while the normal package for most other weddings was $750. I was working one wedding as assistant to the studio owner who was personally taking all the script formals at the church. Fifteen brides maids and fifteen ushers and because it was a formal Mexican ceremony most of the women of the brides group wore black. The church was very dark and lit only by candles. My primary job was to reload holders and fetch and carry for the boss. After all the church formals were shot I started to unload holders and much to my horror, none of them had film in them. Meanwhile the wedding party had already left for the reception. I gave my boss the bad news...his fault. The primary photographer for each wedding had the sole responsibility to load his own holders before leaving the studio, usually the night before. That morning at the studio I grabbed two Rollies and ten rolls of Super Hypan 500, which I normally used to shoot candids but as luck would have it I shot all the church formals too, right behind my boss. I never did that before and never after that time but It saved the shoot and later in the darkroom I souped the 4X5's in DK50 and took the 120 home and souped it in Microdol X. Well the grain was still like 50 grit sandpaper but the Brides family loved the look and they ordered two 20X24's oil painted and fifteen 16X20's all oil painted. Together with 100 8X10's and 200 5X7's, the wedding was worth $5100. All the enlargements from the Super Hypan were printed through black screen diffusion and I can tell you that the women in black looked otherworldly but beautiful. To this day I still think of that wedding as the best I ever shot. Would I ever shoot another wedding? NOT IF YOU BOILED MY MOTHER IN OIL!!! There is an old saying about wedding photography...The photographer is the first to get criticized and the last to get payed. Who needs the stress?
    Denise Libby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcoxson, David L. View Post
    Maybe he's trying to start a new trend in wedding photography. He could be on the cutting edge of "Modern Crap".
    Lomo-weddings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexmacphee View Post
    What do you think of him doing that old number from Half a Sixpence, you know that one that goes

    #All lined up in a wedding group
    #'Ere we are for a photograph
    #We're all dressed up in a morning suit
    #All trying hard not to laugh
    #Since the early caveman in his fur
    #Took a trip to Gretna Green
    #There's always been a photographer
    #To record the 'appy scene.....

    #'Old it, flash, bang, wallop, what a picture
    #What a picture, what a photograph
    #Poor old soul, blimey, what a joke
    #Hat blown off in a cloud of smoke
    #Clap 'ands, stamp yer feet
    #Bangin' on the big bass drum
    #What a picture, what a picture
    #Um-tiddly-um-pum-um-pum-pum
    #Stick it in your fam'ly album

    I think he could be on a winner here...
    Great,he might still have a career entertaining at the Pontefract Job Centre.
    Ben

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    The first thing a person embarking on a career in wedding photography should ask themselves is "what am I going to do the first time it goes wrong", because if you do enough of them It's inevitable that at least one will.
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    The first thing a person embarking on a career in wedding photography should ask themselves is "what am I going to do the first time it goes wrong", because if you do enough of them It's inevitable that at least one will.
    Quick answer: Change your name, move to another state, consider plastic surgery or, in extreme cases, sex change. Oh, and never touch a camera again!
    Eddy McDonald
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    Eschew defenestration!

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    I actually messed up one wedding and it was all me. Borrowed a camera in a pinch and was not familiar with it. Being able to compose and coax the best shots in the world don't matter a bit if you can't expose the film properly. I was fortunate in the way it turned out. There was enough to salvage the deal. I refunded all of the money. Actually the reason I stopped doing weddings. I figured if I couldn't deliver the goods I should pull in my sign. And I really don't regret it. Now I go to a wedding and I'm the fat relative that eats too much cake and also has a camera. I don't miss that responsibility.
    Thank you.
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    "Wubba, wubba, wubba. Bing, bang, bong. Yuck, yuck, yuck and a fiddle-dee-dee." - The Yeti

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    I've done more weddings in than I care to remember Chris, and am happy to say I never had a disaster, but I always had it in my mind that the laws of probability said that the next one could be the one, I hated them and only did them because I had a young family in those days and needed the money, I'm pleased to say I'm in a much better position now my kids are grown up and I'm retired, and if I'm invited to a wedding, I'm like you, happy to eat too much, socialise, and enjoy myself.
    Ben

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    I've been refusing weddings since I closed my studio. Here in PR, digitographers will shoot a wedding for $300 and hand the bride a cd with the images before they leave the reception.
    Eddy McDonald
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    Eschew defenestration!

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    The only time I messed up a wedding is after I made an out-of-state trip to care care of some urgent business... had absolutely no sleep for three days... and was hyped up on caffeine pills to keep going. My brain was completely fried the whole time. I only lost a few images and the couple was very understanding and forgiving... I'm still not sure if that made me feel better or worse.

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