I’m Jonathan Roberts owner of Bluephoto Wedding Photography. I started shooting weddings over 8 years ago when I was in college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I have photographed over 250 weddings and cannot imagine myself doing anything different.
There are many different factors that influence the type of wedding couples have. The stress level on the day can be high (in a good way) or negative depending on how well everything comes together. The majority of the weddings I shoot now have vendors that are experts at their craft and are true professionals who understand the flow and timing of a wedding day. It is rare that we aren’t all doing our very best to make the wedding day awesome!
For a wedding to be successful, the different vendors need to understand how the timing of their job influences the timing for the rest of the day. For instance, a hair and make-up artist has to be aware that if they don’t complete their task on time, the ceremony or pre-ceremony pictures will be late. This will force the photographer to have to cut corners and work at an uncomfortable pace. Or it could affect the start of the wedding ceremony. This is simply an example of how the timing of one professional can affect the timing of the entire wedding day.
Photographers and wedding DJ’s work together as a team to give our clients the best possible wedding day pictures/party experience. Photography is all about light. Good photographers obsess over the sun’s position in the sky, clouds, fog, time of day, rain, full moons, geography and just about anything that can bend, shape and influence our greatest light source: the sun. In most situations, professional DJ’s understand that when the final light of the day (sunset) is occurring and the light is gorgeous, we need to be out there with our couple. And most DJ’s are able to stall a little (or speed up), toasts or first dances in order for the photographer to get those 10 precious minutes. I have been in situations where the DJ simply doesn’t care/understand and ends up causing my clients to miss out on some truly incredible images.
Sunset pictures are simply one example of how photographers and DJ’s work together as a team. It is rare that I don’t have one eye on the dance floor during a reception but, I do require a few moments to shove an energy bar down my throat during the day and it is in these moments that I need the DJ to NOT spring things on me. Most DJ’s will give you a heads-up when there is going to be a cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, first dance, speeches, etc. DJ’s are in charge of when these events happen during a reception so, having a good one makes all the difference.
Chris Bailey is a terrific professional, I have worked with him many times and he never fails to help me do a great job. Great teamwork between a practiced group of professionals, really is a valuable asset to any couples wedding day.