to help you not screw up, be judged, get hangry, suffer foot pain or screw up.

1. Backup Camera.
A backup camera is TOP of the list because it's fundamental, man. If you can't afford one yet, rent one, borrow one, or if you can’t borrow one wait until you can afford to rent one. Cameras are prone to being hit, dropped or simply receiving a technical error that prevents you from using it. Don’t risk it. Your camera isn't bullet proof. It happens, don’t let it happen to you.

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2. Dress Appropriately.
I once made the mistake of hiring an assistant photographer that had excellent work but not excellent clothing attire. The assistant showed up wearing an open back dress showing off an impossible to conceal GIANT green alien tattoo. Dude. I like tattoos but the wedding was very conservative with guests that looked like variations of my very conservative grandparents. Looking back now, I find the situation funny but the awkward conversation I had with the bride about my choice of an assistant was not funny. 
[Just to clarify I'm in full support of artists expressing themselves, just make sure to represent yourself, your brand and reputation in the way you desire.]

[My go to outfit for photographing weddings]



I'd like to be your candid, authentic, journalistic, documentary, hide in the shadows wedding photographer.

3. Snacks & Water.
I know, snacks and water are two things but believe me they go together. If you're like many photographers it can be hard to eat a big meal before a wedding, because of nerves or just being 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 for 8 - 12 hours. 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 apples, two cliffbars and almonds]
Direct Link to the fuel:

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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. Feel me? I’ve found that all-black-Nike trainers work well but I have also been wearing Timberland boots which are awesome in the rain, snow, sand etc 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 - 12 hour day in them, no problem.

[direct link for the boots]

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5. Be Early.
I know you are “getting paid” by the hour and don't want to do extra work for free but do you really want to risk showing up late to a wedding when YOU are the photographer? Accidents and traffic happen. As understanding as a bride and groom can be, don't risk it. Just make leaving early part of your routine. 
The bonus of having extra time = the opportunity to scout for locations, which will help calm your nerves and give a vision for the big day.

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Thanks for the read! These thoughts and opinions are solely based on my own experience. I hope you find them beneficial as a new or experienced wedding photographer!