#WeddingPhotography | Blog 065 | Secret 2nd Shooter

September 23, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding Photographer Northern IrelandWedding Photographer Northern IrelandDarron Mark Photography offering wedding photography and video in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

This shot came from my Groom Only booking I did earlier in the year. I, just like probably every other single shooter wedding photographer tend not to travel to the groom's house in the morning, mainly due to the time constraints and high likelihood that the travel from the bride's to the groom's homes would make it impossible to do. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised to get an enquiry from the Groom to see if I would be prepared to call out to his home, and the supply the images to the main photographer for inclusion in their wedding album.

I didn't know who the photographer was, their style or type of equipment they used, I was happy to provide the images to my fellow professional as I knew the reason why he/she wasn't going to include the groom's home preparation.

The last time I attended a groom's home (at the specific request of the bride), the groom wasn't even home, he was away trying to get his shirt ironed at his Mum's, his groomsmen were somewhere else, one had been missing in action from the previous night before! When the time came for me to leave to get to the bride's it was only then the groom turned up and apologised and explained what was going on as he hadn't got any of my calls or texts because in his rush he'd left his phone in the house.

The time before that, there were three grown men calling their wives/partners asking where things were, shirts were just being pulled from packets and not one knew their way around an iron! I'm happy to re-knot ties, help with cufflinks, pin flowers in the right position, but I draw the line at basic housekeeping.

Young boy on the morning of a wedding.Morning Preparations.Morning preparations at the Mullan home with Stephen and his family getting ready for Stephen's big day. The family I'd been hired by this time were just around the corner from where I lived, so that was a win in terms of expenses. They'd booked them in for an hour and set to work. It turned out the father was a plumber I had used in the past, the sister of the groom worked in my local store (and was completely unrecognisable in her wedding attire). The tone of the morning for me was very relaxed as I wasn't under any pre-wedding pressure, to me, it was just a simple documentary style shoot and the groom's Mum had everything in order, everything was hanging in the right place and all shirts were pressed to perfection.

I never did find out who the other photographer was that day, I only hope my images worked well within their own album design, needless to say, I'm always happy to support my peers which is why I'm offering my Aerial Photography services to all wedding photographers who wish to offer this unique solution, but don't have the time or inclination to purchase a drone, do the courses and get the relevant qualifications/certifications. The royalty of the images will all be transferred to the photographer for use in their final product, whether that's in a wedding album or wedding video.

If you're a bride who has already booked your photographer/videographer but wish they offered aerial services, again, please get in touch and I'd be happy to collaborate with them too.


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