It’s no secret that weddings can be tough on the body. Long days on your feet, carrying heavy equipment, and being super focused on your surroundings & what you’re doing can be exhausting. Especially when you’re doing it two (or three) times in a weekend! Although triple headers are not something I do very often, it does occasionally arise, and double headers are a pretty regular occurrence. There’s a few things I’ve learned over the years that help set me up for success when I’ve got multiple weddings in a row. So if you’re a photographer gearing up for a multi-wedding weekend, I want to share with you my top 3 tips to survive your double (or triple) header wedding weekend 🙂
For my camera batteries I have a dual charger like this one (https://amzn.to/2y1xkhk). Plus two of the standard Nikon battery chargers that came with my cameras. This lets me charge 4 camera batteries at once. Having a dual charger like the one linked above is great, especially if you have a long drive home, because it has a car outlet adapter, so you can start charging batteries on your way home after the wedding!
For AA batteries that I use in my flashes & pocket wizards, I use three of these chargers (https://amzn.to/2DFGDtk). I love this charger because you can change the rate of charge, so it charges faster if you don’t have as much time. I use three of them so I can charge 12 AA batteries at once.
I also keep my batteries in two pouches so that I know immediately which ones need to be charged! I have one of these battery holders in grey (https://amzn.to/2DF4n0C) for the dead batteries that need to be charged, and two in green (https://amzn.to/2Nb32Oy) for charged/ready to use batteries. These cases hold both camera batteries and AA batteries. This quick visual reference system helps me stay organized with my batteries, and quickly know which ones I need to charge that night!
Uploading images can be time consuming. But during the reception I’ll have my assistant start uploading memory cards from my second shooter, and assistant, as well as my cards if we have time. That way, it saves me the extra upload time once I get home that night.
Systems are key!!!!
I hope these tips are helpful, as you gear up for your multi-wedding weekend! Tell me! Are there any tips that help you on double header weekends? Share in the comments below!
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