I’ve always believed everything happens for a reason. Losing my photographer, no big deal, it’s meant to be. I’ll find something better. Missing out on my Nikon D200 twice at costco.com, that’s fine… maybe it will come back by Christmas. But they made an even better one! A D300 (which is actually harder to get than a Wii or Rock Band… which we luckily already own)!
What do guests remember the most about a wedding? Not anything particular about the food, like exactly what they ate, but just whether they lament that the food was bad, or that they can honestly say the food was good. I could care less about spending hoards of money on food. I’ve always been the type that appreciates tangible gifts that I can hold on to rather than chocolates that get eaten and flowers that I have to dispose of in one week’s time. So food that disappears within a few hour’s time is not high on my priority list (although due to the caterer that I must use per venue policy, it’s going to be good, expensive food). That being said the two most important things for me at the outset of getting engaged were the invitations and photography. I’ve actually done little to no work on anything invitation related, but we’ll touch on that later.
I’m tempted to carry around a d-slr on my wedding day, but it’s so bulky it’ll be like packing heat, so I just have to put total trust into my photographers.
For all those honeymoon photos and photos that you as a guest might take at a wedding – it’s always a good idea to get way up close to your subjects (without the zoom) and crop out a boring background – like the third picture from the bottom. One simple rule is the rule of thirds. You can read up on it at that link. I had a girlfriend go to Europe once and came back with hundreds gorgeous scenery shots, but not only was she in every single picture; she was dead center in every single picture and it was redundant and terrible! That being said, you have to depress your picture-taking-button slightly with the person in the middle of the photo, till you get a green light or some other indication that it’s going to focus on your friend, and then move the camera to the right or the left to position them in one of the vertical thirds of the photo. Otherwise the ocean behind them will be clear and they’ll turn out blurry, especially if you go closer and try not to leave 4 inches of white space above their head.
So on my wedding day, like I said, I don’t necessarily want to pack heat. But I don’t know if I’m willing to go the whole day without a camera of any sort. Mr Milkshake owns a camera just like this pink one, although it’s not pink and it’s probably a millipixel or two smaller, but it’s the size of a coin purse, and toteably concealable. You don’t need a $2000 camera to take good photos (that’s the principle behind the concept of Lomos, which were originally cheap spy cameras used by the KGB). So maybe that’s what I’ll do.