A wedding photographer should seriously get acquainted with positive exposure compensation. Let us get things straight once and for all. Wedding dresses are usually white. That has been the tradition for the past one hundred years or so and guess what, it looks like it is a tradition that will stay the same at some point. The reason why this can be an issue for you as the wedding photographer is because of the fact that the camera will not identify the dress as something that just has a lot of white. The camera will think that it is a giant bright spot that needs to be subdued one way or the other. It will automatically try to make up for it in an attempt to what it thinks will save the photo from the big bright spot.
This will have the wedding dress end up looking dull and somewhat gray. Brides spend hundreds and sometimes up to thousands of dollars in their wedding dresses and they will not appreciate it at all if you bring them pictures with their dress looking gray. Save the day by dialing in some positive exposure compensation and save yourself the disappointment and the disapproval.
You need a second body camera, no discussions or arguments needed.
Weddings can really drag on for hours and hours on end and as the official wedding photographer, you need to be there enough to really get to document it. Having something happen to your main camera is no excuse to stopping the coverage and to missing out some of the most important moments of the bride and groom’s lives; at least that is what they think. They will not accept something on the lines of “I’m sorry but my camera crashed”. Having a second body camera will serve as your insurance and will really get to save the day for you in the event that your main camera breaks down in the middle of a shoot.
Bring a second wedding photographer with you when you are covering the event.
Most of the new wedding photographers out there will probably think that this is something that they can skip out on in some cases and that is actually possible. Consider the size of the Lake como wedding and the number of guests attending and make your decisions from there. Huge weddings require a lot of ground work to be covered and it may not be possible if you are the only one working the reins. You will not only be able to focus more on your priority shots, you are also guaranteed that you at least already have a backup camera set in place in the event that you do not have one yet. If you think that this is something that you cannot really afford just yet, you do not have to hire someone out on a full time basis. You can make it on a per event basis.
That way, you do not have to pay anyone if you do not have any gigs. It really helps when you have an extra hand around. More than that, you will also have someone manning other things such as the carrying around of the equipment, if you will be able to weasel in that kind of deal one way or the other. It will make your life so much easier.