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    Posted: 05 December 2014 at 22:37
I just had a taste of what it might feel like to be under commercial pressure to take pics.

I can't say I enjoyed it much!

Our children's school is getting ready for the christmas nativity shows and I somehow managed to put myself forward to take the group pics for the newspaper and individual photos for each child (for sale after the plays)    They were planning to use iPhone snaps for the whole lot, so how could I refuse?

So, with 140 children (aged 5-9) and 40 minutes or so in a dark assembly hall, the pressure was on.   There was no time to shoot/check/reshoot - it all had to be right first time, every time.

I was really sweating! There were no second chances here - all the costumes will be packed away until The Big Show date next week, when the individual photos will be on sale.

Luckily my A99 didn't miss a beat, almost every pic focused well and nicely exposed. The f58 flash was *hot* by the end! (but kept firing)

So - to anyone that makes a living out of taking this sort of one-off photo (eg, wedding shooters etc):

I don't know how you survive the stress!
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What next ? Photographer to the rich and famous ? Perhaps even the Royals !

Well done Mike for taking on such responsibility ! Something I would gladly run away from. I guess if you do enough of these events you become hardened to them but it must be a lot of pressure. So hats off to you for taking on the job.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2014 at 23:21
As I packed my bags, the Head Teacher said to me, "This is for charity, isn't it?"

I think maybe she thought I would send her a bill... I'll never be a finalist on The Apprentice
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bieomax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2014 at 12:17
shock her by sending in an invoice, but then on the last line write it all off as charity.

i think some people even do this for tax reasons too.

well done, its sounds like it was a right task to get sorted.
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yep when you realise the moment comes and goes once and only once, it hits you hard. A bit like when you are climbing and you suddenly look down to realise how far up you have climbed.

keep calm and shoot on

also precisely the reason I'd want at least a 2 photographer team to shoot at my wedding instead of a solo. Its not that I doubt someone's skill but nothing beats a good living walking back-up to cover all angles and moments

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Valium.
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Originally posted by ricardovaste ricardovaste wrote:

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As a wedding photographer the key to relieving stress is good planning beforehand
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