Weddings are fun … like, really fun! But with so many moving parts, they can get stressful. A little something might go wrong here and there. At our wedding the musician actually played the wrong music. We were so hoping that once we were pronounced man and wife the organist would delight our guests by busting out the Hallelujah Chorus, but alas, we got …. well, we haven’t a clue! It would have been great, but at the end of the day, it was disappointing, but really no big deal. Some things are no big deal and on the other hand, some things, like photography are a big deal. “Oops! My equipment malfunctioned,” is not something that a bride and groom ever want (or need) to hear. But the truth is that photography, too, has a lot of moving parts, and things can go wrong. Cameras can malfunction, equipment can break and as a professional, it is our job to make sure that something gone wrong on our end doesn’t ever impact your day. We have extra equipment and backup plans for everything. And on Saturday, we found out just how valuable that is.
The wedding was beautiful! The weather cooperated, the ceremony was amazing, and we were powering through the family formals so the partying could begin. All was going great, including a lovely breeze that came along to cool everyone off … which toppled the light stand … right into, of all places, a nearby fountain. The bride gasped in horror “now what do we do?!” “We put a new one on!” I replied with all the gusto I could muster. Did I want to stop and cry? Absolutely! Rather, Steve reached into our bag, popped on another one, and we didn’t miss a beat. It’s what we do. It went in for repair today but we had to take a photo of how sorry sad it was.
Most pros carry backup camera bodies, batteries, memory, and other equipment. So when searching for a photographer, make sure to ask, “What’s your back up plan?”. … because “stuff” happens!