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Old 03-27-2017   #1
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Hello, I am currently a Middle school high school math teacher in New Mexico.
Recently a student asked me if I could shoot her aunt's wedding this July. I personally do not know her aunt and as far as I could remember I never told anybody that I used to cover weddings.


Apart from that, it's been almost 3 years the last time I covered a wedding and I have only covered weddings in the Philippines. Honestly, I am not so sure that my skill is at par with the wedding photographers here in the US. I also have no idea on the general flow of how a wedding takes place here in the US.

Should I take the offer to shoot her aunt's wedding? Advice will be much appreciated.

Thank you!

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Old 03-27-2017   #2
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I suppose it depends on how confident you are in your skills, and if you're willingly to put up with stress and aggrevation. Also are you willing to devote the time for this project. However long you shoot during the wedding, you'll probably spend 3 times as long in culling, editing and getting the files ready.

Are they paying you for this project? Add up the amount of time you'll need and figure out what they'll per hour. Is that pay worth it to you?

My guess is it won't be worth the time, trouble and frustration when all is said and done but you'll have to look at it and decide for yourself.
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Old 03-28-2017   #3
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They did ask on how much will be charging them with. The problem is i don't have any idea on how much. I am still thinking of letting project go for now.

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I suppose it depends on how confident you are in your skills, and if you're willingly to put up with stress and aggrevation. Also are you willing to devote the time for this project. However long you shoot during the wedding, you'll probably spend 3 times as long in culling, editing and getting the files ready.

Are they paying you for this project? Add up the amount of time you'll need and figure out what they'll per hour. Is that pay worth it to you?

My guess is it won't be worth the time, trouble and frustration when all is said and done but you'll have to look at it and decide for yourself.
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Old 03-29-2017   #4
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There's a lot to consider, not just money.

I'd think about my skills and are they good enough for the job. Is my equipment up to the job? Do I have back up gear in case something breaks or malfunctions. Do I have all the equipment I need? Will I have to rent more gear? How long is the wedding? How much time will have I have to invest in culling, editing and getting the files ready afterwards? What are they expecting as far as the final product? Files? Prints, movies? What are they expecting as far as quality of the product is concerned. Just 'journalist style' snaps, or are the looking for high end glamour retouched photos? Big difference in the amount of time and skill needed for something like this. Also big difference in price $500 vs $10,000 - $20,000.

Do I really want to deal with bridezilla and the mothers in law? What's the reason for doing this project in the first place? Is it for experience? Is it for money? What if something happens and the end product is bad? Do I want the risk of being sued? Do I have enough insurance in case someone gets hurt while I'm there on my equipment?

There's a lot to think about.
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Old 09-04-2017   #5
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Update :! So I did end up covering the wedding after all. Was it a great experience? Heck yeah! Was my student's aunt happy with the results? I'm guessing they are 😇. Will I ever do it again? I might but not as a business. I am happy with my job as a math teacher! cheers!


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Congratulations!

Please publish more details and a few samples if you can.
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Old 09-04-2017   #7
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Here's a few taken from the wedding. I still have a lot to learn though but I think I did just ok. Not good enough as compared to the professionals. Much respect for those guys!
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22 by Richard Noel Amora, on Flickr

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38 by Richard Noel Amora, on Flickr

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58 by Richard Noel Amora, on Flickr

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