Wedding Photographers....Always carry a camera with you.

A couple years ago I'm driving down to Ocean Isle Beach, NC to take some real estate pictures for a friend of mine. My phone rings. "Hello, this is Billy." A guys voice on the line asks "Do you do wedding photography?" I'm thinking "duh, that's why I'm Billy Beach Wedding Photography". I say "Yep! I'm all about the weddings. When are you getting married?" He replies "Today." I say "what?" He replies "It's a long story, I need a wedding photographer at the Oceanic on Wrightsville Beach in an hour." I say "I can be there". He asks, "How much do you charge?" I reply "$200 per hour." He says, "Perfect, Get here!" 

Fortunately I had my kit with me. Camera, lenses, flash, backups...the works. I did a quick u-turn and headed for the Oceanic. I got there within the hour met the groom and got the story. It seems that a friend of the Bride was going to do the pictures. When it got down to the actual day she either got cold feet (it happens, wedding photography is not for everyone) or she showed up and told them she was going to charge them some outrageous amount, I can't remember the full story, possibly a combination of the two. It turned out to be a great wedding. The ceremony was literally 3 minutes long, great people, beautiful bride a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

What I've learned from this. Always, always have a camera with you. I routinely have at least a minimalist kit with me. A camera, a couple of lenses, a flash and a backup. (I'll confess my backup for my emergency kit is a point & shoot, although a good point and shoot). I keep my main gear in my office as I don't want to haul it around, but my lightweight kit is always with me. 

You never know when your going to get a call to cover an event. Things happen. Someone gets in an accident, gets cold feet or forgot to contact a photographer. Also if I'm driving down the road and see something I think is photo worthy I've got the gear to get a decent shot. Cell phones are great and getting better generation to generation but they still con't replace a dedicated camera.

Bride walked to her wedding ceremony by her Dad at the Oceanic Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Bride holding her bouquet and her father is holding her hand.

Walking to the ceremony with her Dad on the Oceanic Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Wedding Ceremony on the Oceanic Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

The ceremony. Quick nuptials, lasted about 3 and a half minutes. Oceanic Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Husband kisses wife on the cheek after the wedding ceremony. Bride holding bouquet with the Oceanic Restaurant in the background. Oceanic Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Quick kiss on cheek with the Oceanic Restaurant in the background. Oceanic Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Husband dips wife after wedding ceremony. Oceanic Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Quick dip under the pier at the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Walk on the beach after wedding ceremony in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Holding hands and bride holding bouquet Beach and Ocean in the background.

Taking a walk on the beach post ceremony in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Bride and groom walking on beach after the wedding ceremony at Wrightsville Beach, NC. Candid moment, holding hands with Ocean and beach in the background.

Candid shot of bride and groom walking on Wrightsville Beach, NC after the ceremony.

Reenacting a proposal on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Groom is on one knee taking bride hand. both are looking at each other with beach and ocean in the background.

Reenacting the proposal on Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Silhouette of bride and groom with foreheads touching with sun in the middle. Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Silhouette of bride and groom with sun and rays in the center. Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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Candid kiss on Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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Bride and Groom sharing a candid moment on Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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Monochrome image of bride and groom sharing a kiss with the Oceanic Restaurant in the background. Wrightsville Beach, NC.