Okay, my blog title on this one is so depressing, but I wanted to get your attention! I am a wedding photographer. It’s kind of my thang. But, I am also human. Right? I mean, I would hope so, since like, I breathe, and drink too much coffee to be a robot.
Now, that being said, weddings are hard. Like, super hard. At any given moment during a wedding, I am juggling so many hats. Yes, I am there to take photos, but I also am organizing set ups, giving advice, wrangling drunk groomsmen and bridesmaids, diffusing family tensions, helping fix bouquets, pinning boutonnieres, tying up busted bustles, handing out headache meds, thinking quickly on my feet if our location is a bust, and telling dad jokes. These are just some of the day to day things I do behind the scenes at weddings. While some of it is part of my job description, a lot of it is above and beyond what my duties should be. I don’t mind. I like helping. It’s what I do. I fix oversights, the little things you don’t think of.
Buuuuuut, I am also human myself. Sometimes, things happen that I do not expect. Sometimes you forget things, things you could have sworn you packed in your bag the night before. And when these things happen, you have to fix them. Sometimes these oversights go unnoticed. And that’s always grand. You’ve avoided the drama. Yay you! Other times, you have to bite the bullet and admit to your mistake. That happened to me over the summer. I accidently left my memory cards on my desk. I drove 45 minutes to my wedding, put all my gear together and realized, holy crap Batman, you screwed up. I quickly told the bride, ran to the nearest Rite Aid, grabbed over-priced memory cards and made it back in time to get her into her dress, and on the way to the wedding. I made the time up at the end of the wedding, plus some, because I was hating myself for being so forgetful.
Her images turned out beautiful and the day was saved. I have since set a fool proof plan into place so as not to have this happen again, or to forget any piece of equipment. So, while it was a heart attack moment of panic for me at the time, it has caused me to double think my wedding prep day of. So, I guess this blog post is to remind you, if you do something stupid, it’s okay, you’re only human. Learn from it, make it up as best you can, and DON’T DO IT AGAIN! Let my mess up prevent yours. Also, in the heat of the moment it may seem like you’ve ruined it (whatever it is), but in all truth, it’s all okay.
Oh, and here are some beautiful images from the wedding! Cause, well, we all love pretty images, right?