8 1/2 months pregnant
…makes shooting a wedding quite a different experience.
For you new preggo moms or soon-to-be mom photographers, here’s a fun glimpse of what to look forward to:
A Typical Day as a Pregnant Wedding Photographer
Note: This is all with my hubby as my partner! Something to keep in mind versus shooting by yourself (all of you deserve MAJOR praise for shooting solo by the way while pregnant). You’re so strong!
on a non-wedding day
9:30am | Roll out of bed with a mini-backache depending how I slept. It was a warm night but I turn to see David wrapped in blankets as it was a cold night for the non-pregnant. I waddle over to the ladies room (as I had done every 2-3 hours that night).
9:45am | Eat! I’m STARVING. Making sure to start the day with 2 glasses of water, fruit, whole wheat, and as much of the healthy food pyramid items I’m supposed to eat.
10:15am | Facebook and tweet blog posts for the day. Ensure my Networked Blogs app and auto publishing to Twitter is working. Post any Facebook albums and tag clients as needed.
10:30am | Review email and respond to leads, brides, vendors, and industry news
11:00am | Run to ladies room. Brief meeting with David on things needed for the day.
11:30am | Call and follow up with leads and our brides to help them prepare for their e-session or wedding day. Be sure to drink water.
12:30pm | STARVING again. Off to find healthy food and making sure I don’t eat anything in the long do-not-eat-when-you’re-pregnant list. Oh ya, 2 more glasses of water.
1:00pm |Following up with leads and brides again
1:30pm | Run to ladies room. By now, feeling exhausted. Nap time.
3:00pm | Stretch from the nap. Run to ladies room. Postproduction time. 2 more glasses of water.
3:30pm | STARVING. Snack time while continuing postproduction.
5:00pm | David made dinner! I fall in love with him again…or the food he cooked (can’t tell which one I love more at that moment). I totally pig out. We then relax and watch Netflix for a while, whatever current TV show has been inspiring us visually or in business. Oh ya, 2 more glasses of water.
6:00pm | Final check of emails for the day. Responding to clients and vendors. Working on timelines and other business issues (accounting, marketing, branding, networking, publications, etc).
7:00pm | Practice with camera during the golden hour. Learn gear.
8:00pm | Back to postproduction. Work on blog posts for the coming week.
9:00pm | Run to ladies room. SNACK! Then, esearch images that inspire us. Previsualize for upcoming shoots. Research industry news, techniques and latest gear.
10:00pm | At this point, David tells me I have to stop working and relax. So I snack on something else while working on home stuff: Looking up Pinterest for nursery ideas, reading pregnancy books, walking our little Lady (our Siberian Husky).
11:30pm | In the past hour, I feel freakin’ exhausted and David reminds me to stop. Then, he’ll pull me out of the chair for cuddle time and we sit and just enjoy each other’s company. 2 more glasses of water. Snacks galore. Ladies room run. David and I spend the next hour talking, singing or reading to the baby.
12:30am | Journal. Quiet time. Prenatal vitamins. Getting ready for bed.
1:30am | Bed time! Rearrange all the pillows to sleep comfortably only to find I need to run to the ladies room again.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We make sure we have one to two assistants on the day of the wedding a month prior to and after the wedding day. Plus, we have a backup team of photographers in case ANYTHING happens during the wedding. We spoke with each of our couples to reassure them about what to expect and get their okay. Now…on for the typical wedding day!
9:00am | Roll out of bed and run (or waddle) to the ladies room
9:10am | Starving for BREAKFAST TIME! I cook an egg mcmuffin with avocado, banana, and (if I’m still hungry) a bowl of oatmeal with 2 glasses of water. I also make one for David as he prepares the gear and does all the heavy lifting.
9:45am | Double check the weather to prepare for the day. We’ve already checked the last week but we want to anticipate any changes. David goes through all the gear to ensure we have everything and that all the lenses are clean (having done that the day before).
10:00am | Get dressed, do hair, and get ready
10:30am | VERY IMPORTANT stretch time! Everything’s sore and even more sensitive and achy being this pregnant. Pre-pregnant I’d carry a lot of gear but now I try to minimize as much as I can…yet I’ll still end up achy if I’m not careful with my body.
11:00am | Pack snacks and LOTS of water for the day. The best snacks I’ve found were trail mix and fiber granola bars.
11:30am | Drive time to meet the bride at last!!! Run to ladies room as soon as I’m at the venue.
12:30pm | Getting Ready | We arrive at the venue. David carries all the gear into the reception hall. I’ll carry 1 or 2 lenses max to the bride getting ready. We’ve also got a 3rd/4th assistant just in case to help carry my gear as needed and shoot if I feel too worn out. We immediately run (or waddle) to the bride and greet the bride with a hug. As David focuses on the getting ready moments, I do as much shooting as I can where I can sit so I focus on details and accessories. We then switch to the groom’s suite.
1:45pm | Drink water. Photograph the beautiful bride with solo portraits. Sometimes, it’ll be me posing while David shoots so I spend less time carrying gear.
2:15pm | First Look | David runs ahead to greet the groom and take him to the first look site. When he gives the clear on our headset, I lead the bride over for the first look. I make sure to put my camera bag down so as not to carry the extra weight (but make sure it’s within sight) during the first look.
2:30pm | Romantics | We work together to photograph the couple deeply in love.
3:00pm | Bridal Party | I focus on engaging the bridal party and work on posing while David shoots. The bride and groom get to just hang out and party with their bridal party and enjoy as we take photos.
4:00pm | Family Photos | David shoots family photos while I waddle over to the ladies room and then the ceremony for pre-ceremony shots. Snack and water time!
5:00pm | Ceremony | David and I split up and David follows the bride throughout the ceremony. As the bride goes down the aisle, he’s at the back photographing the groom’s and bridal party’s reaction. I go and find a corner to hide near the front (or in the aisle where I can sit comfortably) to capture the bride’s reaction as she sees her husband-to-be and to capture her parents’ and all the guests’ reactions. David focuses on being mobile and shooting around the ceremony whilst I focus on portraiture.
6:00pm | Large Family Photos | By this point, I need a break. So I drink water and sit off somewhere solitary and put my feet up. David and our assistant focus on getting fabulous family photos.
6:15pm | Romantics | We get to have fun with our couple as husband and wife! Then, I run to the ladies room.
6:30pm | Cocktail Hour | The couple joins the guests in Cocktail Hour. David and our assistant covers the reception shots before guests come in and set up lighting while I sit and rest up for the reception. Major snacking goes on by this point.
7:00-11:30pm | Reception | Throughout all the special events of the night, David and our assistant work together for lighting and shooting. I will join in as often as I can to shoot as well. We trade off between using ambient light and off-camera flash. I will use the lighter lenses to capture the evening. We make sure all of us (or at least me and the baby) get to eat an ample healthy dinner. It is an awesome feeling to put my feet up for at least a half hour at some point during the day, much needed to prevent swelling and backaches. Oh, 2 glasses of water.
12am | Going Home! We drive home exhilarated at an amazing day and stop by In-N-Out because, you know, the baby needs it. Stretch and massage any aches.
1am | Back Up Images and Prepare Sneak Peek | We backup all our images in two separate locations. Meanwhile, we devour In-N-Out, watch some TV, and let ourselves take a shower and wear PJs. David brings in all the gear and makes sure everything looks okay. I relax for a bit and, once all the uploads are done, work on a sneak peek for our couples, bridal party, family and vendors to enjoy the next morning. Meanwhile, drink much needed water.
3am | Crash.
Check out our Typical Day as a Wedding Photographer (for those not preggo) here!
More resources in our Photographer’s Corner posts here.
With our love,