I get to experience scenic locations that are waiting to be photographed.
No matter what means of travel, it's an adventure that usually includes the anticipation of meeting the bride and groom for the first time.
Although I speak with them via phone prior to the wedding day, I am looking forward to coming together in person, and engaging with their bridal party and guests.
I come prepared knowing the best route to take, and allowing enough time to scout out the area and venue. Online technology has come a great way to help determine the best time to travel as well as supplying information and previews of the location.
With the help of Google Maps, can preview beach wedding location.
Traffic and weather condition apps are a must. If needed, I secure a hotel the day before and after the wedding.
Arriving early is crucial. I can physically walk thru seek out the best photo opportunities in the area before the start time. Mapping out the logistics and detailed timing of my movement is choreographed in my mind.
There is so much that one can plan for wedding day photography. Sometimes the unexpected arises. Taking photos at a park, beach or somewhere outside is terrific. An unpredictable weather condition may appear. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". Making the best of this event, can be fun. If it starts to rain, we can quickly take the umbrella out and do a falling rain photo with the bride and groom. Then, continue with photos inside the venue. Unforeseen surprises can be captured and help shape memories of your special wedding day.
On the trip home, I usually reflect on that day's celebration. In my mind's eye, I try to picture the newlyweds years from now, admiring the memories I captured.