that's what it's like after i shoot a wedding. i'm finding it much more exhausting than i ever imagined. the sheer build up of it is incredible. i've told people before...i'm just as excited about a wedding as the couple. the planning and preparation. it's all overwhelming. i spend time planning and researching and finding inspiration before i shoot a wedding. i don't just show up and shoot it. the night before is spent getting my gear ready, formatting CF cards, charging batteries, making sure i've got back up EVERYTHING and trying to cram it all in a bag....cuz i don't like walking in like i'm setting up an entire studio. then there is travel time, getting there early and the actually day of shooting. most days are 8 hours of shooting. which doesn't seem like a lot....but when your frantically running (usually behind ...because let's face it...in weddings nothing is ever on time) your in a constant time crunch and your mind never stops. your trying to interact and let people feel comfortable enough to be themselves around you ....and at the same time trying to let them know what/where they need to be for a shot. there is about 5 minutes to eat...maybe. and the whole time your eating you feel like you're missing something. it's just a mind scramble. after the wedding the real work begins. sifting through hundreds of thousands (yes, i'm serious) of images to choose the absolute BEST that tell the story like you watched it unfold. hours behind the computer doing the necessary editing. i'm not complaing. i say this all just to shed light on the fact that to photograph a wedding is so much more than just showing up w/ a fancy camera and pressing the shutter button. it's alot of WORK.
but so worth it.
saturday was a wedding day. it was incredible. but yes, exhausting. i got the time today to recoup and recover and you'll have to stay tuned in the next couple days to see a few sneak peeks of the amazing couple i spent time with on saturday. it'll be worth it! :D