Wedding at the Western House Hotel
People come up to me all the time at weddings and ask the same three questions. How many pictures have you taken? What do you do during the week when you aren’t shooting weddings? And, isn’t it really stressful, what if you made a mistake? And the answers to these questions?
- I usually shoot somewhere between 1000 and 2000 exposures at a wedding, but basically as many as I feel I need to take to be able to record what is happening. I am at some weddings for 5 hours and others for 13 hours so there’s bound to be some variation.
- What do I do during the week? A ton of stuff. About 3 days of editing per wedding, marketing, accounts, album design, album construction, writing blog posts, meeting new clients. I usually work 6 days a week for about 9 months of the year.
- Stressful? Sometimes, yes, but probably not in a way you’d imagine. The most stressful thing can be driving between venues and finding a parking space so I often mitigate that these days by using taxis between all the various locations. Especially in Edinburgh where parking can be really tricky. Working with guests that have enjoyed a little too much champagne can be a bit stressful too, as can dealing with hotel staff who just want to go home as early as possible. Largely, though, I honestly don’t find it stressful at all – I actually really do enjoy it! I have been doing wedding photography for over 15 years and have already encountered just about every thing that could possibly go wrong so I just let the day pan out and smile as everyone else runs about like a headless chicken. I have also honed the equipment I carry over the years so that, in the event of a total failure of a camera / lens / flash, I could be back up and running with a totally different set of equipment in about 30 seconds. My camera even simultaniously records every single photograph onto two separate memory cards of two different formats so even a corrupted card isn’t something worth stressing about.
There is one thing that will always worry me a bit though, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Photographing a wedding for another photographer. I have done it before when I photographed Gail and David’s wedding almost ten years ago. Gail is herself a very experienced press and wedding photographer and I remember at the time being pretty nervous about the job. In the end it went very well and I have since worked at about 5 other weddings on the back of her recommendations – thanks Gail (and lovely to see you again the other day at yet another wedding!). Despite having done it already it didn’t make me any less nervous when I decided to take on the job of photographing Nicole and Stuart’s wedding at the fantastic Western House Hotel in Ayr. Stuart is a successful press photographer and Nicole is a brilliant fashion photographer – no pressure then…
In the end I needn’t have worried about it at all. Nicole and Stuart were fantastic to work with and I loved capturing their day for them. The Western House Hotel is a great venue too (no dodgy staff there) and I have had the pleasure of working there several times in the past. After Nicole and her 5 bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done by Briony Taggart and Sophie Drabble, and everyone had helped Nicole get into her beautiful Intuzuri dress (after a bit of veil-steaming), Nicole and Stuart had a very personal humanist ceremony conducted by Susan Douglas-Scott. The rest of the day continued in a perfectly relaxed way right through until I left in the evening. Thanks guys for letting me feature your wedding!
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