Yesterday I got confirmation on my very first job as a commercial photographer. I will photograph a church wedding ceremony. This is quite a responsibility and I am very (positively) excited about it.
Now the real planning starts:
- Meeting the bride and groom for learning their expectations
- Getting a list of “important people” from the couple => of whom do they want pictures in any case
- Meeting the priest to evaluate how he wants photographers to behave in his church (for example, is he ok with taking pictures from behind the altar ?)
- Scouting the location: Familiarizing oneself with the church: Where are good positions to shoot, which shots should be taken
- Evaluating the light situation on that day at that time: There are nice Apps for the iPhone which tell you the direction and angle of light for a certain location and exact time of the day and season, must dig that App up.
- Choosing the equipment. I will go with two bodies and two lenses on that day. The 24-70 f2.8 Nikkor will be the workhorse, but which one should I pick as secondary lens ? 85 mm f1.8 ? 70-300 mm f3.5-5.6 VR ? The old manual focus AI-S 80-200 f4 Nikkor ?
- And other things of which I do not think now but which will become important in the process.