THE ELEVEN COMMANDMENTS



THE TEN ELEVEN WEDDING COMMANDMENTS

I - Thou shalt have a working knowledge of thy craft being a business person, artist, photographer, and a compassionate human being. To this I add, Psychiatrist and Priest.

II - Thou shalt know thy equipment, their idiosyncrasies, purpose and best usage. Be comfortable with several formats processes, and styles.

III - Ye shall make sure there are sufficient fresh quantities of flash cards. 

IV - Ye shall not stick bad portraiture before me. Learn something about the basics of portraiture or studio work so you know about lighting and facial size, proportion, angles and layouts. 

V - Thou shalt read the Boy Scout handbook and “Be prepared”. Learning about a new piece of equipment at the wedding is a recipe for disaster. Having suitable backup gear is crucial. 

VI - Thou shalt knoweth thy turf. Know the layout, lighting, paths of the Church, the Synagogue or Mosque, its rules, the Officiate, and the reception location beforehand.   Thou shalt not passeth up good opportunities because of frugality, a few bucks in the poor box will open doors. 

VII - Extra shots of unique moments mean extra shekels from the occasion. You can’t turn the time back for that once in a lifetime shot either for you or the bride because of politics. 

VIII - Thou shalt not stick thy head in the sand. As trends change and as the consumer becomes aware of different trends and vogues, you must increase your options too.  You need schooling, seminars and increase your portfolio.  Sticking one’s head into the sand puts forth a different view of yourself.

IX - Thou shalt spread thy table before me. Contracts signed, payments made, no grey areas, no bushing or bumps. The rules laid down, the cooperation in place, the times and scheduled appointments met. 

X - Thou shalt invest in a good Timex. Be early, stick with schedules, even though we know the Bride will be late. Timing! This holds true for the delivery of the proofs. Be a day early and you are a hero. Be a day late and you will be judged a lot tougher especially when the mother-in-law drags out her 10X Schneider Loupe. 


XI -CARDINAL RULE - KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO

Thou shalt learn to say NO and to have fun!   Oh, I suppose I could come up with fifty more, there are more, but these are the crucial ones. The most important question is your commitment. Only you can answer that.  Like I once said, “Doing things on a lark, can make you dinner for a hawk!”. 

There are times one must bow out of a situation, that’s why I wrote Bridezilla and I must admit I have been caught several times when I asked myself … ‘Why me?… It’s because of me, that's why'.   

You can't solve the entire world’s problems and have a life for yourself.   If weddings are not fun for you, review the suggestions, read more on the subject, devise a plan to change things and then work your plan.  If things don't improve and become fun, get out of it.  As bad as weddings can get, they are still more fun than shooting funerals.