1. A backup camera.

You just NEED to have one. I don’t care what your excuse is if you can’t rent one, borrow one, if you can’t borrow one wait until you can afford to rent one. Cameras are prone to being hit, dropped or simply receiving an error that prevents you from using it. Don’t risk it. Don't be the person that ruins a wedding day. Your camera isn't bullet proof. It happens, don’t let it happen to you. 


2. Dress appropriately.

I made the mistake once of hiring an assistant photographer (she had excellent work) but not excellent clothing choice. She showed up wearing a an open back dress that was so short she couldn’t bend over pick up her camera bag. It was a very conservative religious wedding, with guests that looked like variations of my grandparents. The dress wasn’t so much the issue, but more so the fact that she had a GIANT green alien tattooed from her neck to her lower-back. It was bit distracting for the guests.

3. Snacks and water.

I know, those are two things but believe me they go together. For me it’s often hard to eat a big meal before a wedding because of nerves or I’m just too busy making coffee or preparing tacos for an instagram post. For real though, food is SO important when you’re on your feet, focused, talking, organizing, thinking creatively and shooting. I think I ate over 50 cliff bars this summer. I’ve had bad dreams about them but it’s better than an empty stomach.

[My go to includes two cliff bars, an apple, and almonds.]

4. Comfortable shoes.

I can’t stress this enough but when you have a 10 - 12 hour wedding day, supportive shoes are so important. I know I want to wear my vans with skull socks too but then I’ll want to lay down because my feet will be killing me. I’ve found that all-black-Nike trainers work well but have also been wearing Timberland boots which are awesome in the rain or snow, depending on what kind of conditions you shoot in. These specific boots are made from breathable material and have ORTHOLITE insoles (whatever that means) but I can do an 8 - 10 hour day in them, no problem.
[direct link for the boots: https://www.timberland.com/shop/mens-willoughby-6-inch-waterproof-boots-black-a18kc]

5. Be early.

I know you’re “getting paid” by the hour or whatever but do you really want to risk showing up late to a wedding you’re photographing? Accidents and traffic happen and for the most part brides are very understanding but it’s not that difficult to leave an hour or two early. Leaving early also means the opportunity to scout for locations,  which in turn helps calm my nerves and give me a vision for the day!