Ben Newnam Photography

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What are the benefits of a first-look photo shoot?

We're getting married in a garden so I'm worried that my partner will see me coming and lose that wow factor. What are the benefits of doing a first-look photo shoot instead?

Quite a few benefits.

1)  Doing the first look generally means you will do your photoshoot straight after. This means you won't have to leave your guests after the ceremony.

2) No matter when your partner sees you, there will still be the wow factor

3) From what most people have told me that have done first looks is that it greatly eases tension leading up to the ceremony. Where you can both enjoy the moment of the ceremony rather than being in a surreal state and have the ceremony fly by.

4) Your partner gets to see you before pretty much everyone else. Which makes it even more special. It really depends how you percieve things.

5) You make the first look one of THE special moments in your day. Not trivialise but but rather embrace it as a major part of your day.  You go through the ritual of the first look much like the ritual of the ceremony and by having this ritual it makes the firs tlook an integral part of you day.

All the best with your day

How many weddings do you book per weekend?

I am assuming you mean a solo shooter?  As a large photography company can book dozens of weddings a weekend.  

Depends on the weekend.  Sometimes I will have one, two or three. Sometimes none.   Photographing back to back actually helps get into a rythmn. I average approx 50-60 weddings per year.  The more you do something the better you get.  If you miss photographing, even for a week you can loose the edge for a short while.  Its like professional tennis players.  If they miss practising even a couple of days their game can break down for a moment. 

I can shoot three weddings back to back and still be 100% focused.  Still climb trees, get down in the dirt for a different perspective.  If you have been doing it a while you become I guess you could call battle hardened.  A photographer should be physically and mentally drained come Monday morning.  If your not then you are not giving 100%.  If your clothes aren't muddy with maybe a few rips and tears or if your camera doesn't have another ding or scratch then you are just a bystander going at 70%.

I can still give personalised service even with doing three weddings a weekend.  After all you only see one couple per day on their wedding day and you can speak to more than one couple during the week to go through all the details.  It doesnt take a full week to go through all the details with one client.

Monday is recovery day then it takes approx 12 hours to edit and process all the images per wedding.  Genrally I can complete the editing of two weddings per week.

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