No one said wedding photography was easy to do, or easy on your body. I always say it’s about working smart, not just working hard. I’m in my 11th year of photographing weddings, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Procedures such as working more efficiently, developing an approach and signature style, more efficient workflow, and personal care related methods. Really, it’s about reducing wedding photographer fatigue and being kind to your body, as well as creative soul.
1- Exercise- Getting at least some regular exercise helps overall muscle tone, stamina, energy, helping your body and mind endure the demanding parts of the day, sometimes in extreme temperatures. Stretching is very important, as is having a little quiet time before the event.
2- Proper diet and staying hydrated– This sounds rudimentary, but I’m amazed how many don’t pay enough attention to this. Garbage in, garbage out. On the day, especially in hotter temperatures, it’s very important to drink plenty of water. Don’t sweat the piss breaks. As long as you don’t take them in critical moments, you won’t be missed. Take dinner break at the same time guests do. I always feel recharged after, and there’s nothing to photograph during dinner break.
3- Efficient workflow and ergonomic workstation – Continued education is part of this. For me, I like to be thorough in my workflow, but not spend more time behind the desk than I need to. But when I do, I’m not killing my back on a cheap office store chair and improper body alignment / posture. My Herman Miller desk chair may have been expensive, but it’s stood the test of time, over 10 years. Mouse / wrist and elbow should be at the same angle. Eventually I may invest in a sit stand desk. But taking regular breaks is critical, like exercise or dog walk, it helps productivity even with the time out.
4- Waist or shoulder holsters, or downsizing gear– 5 years ago, I switched exclusively to Fuji mirrorless, which is substantially lighter. This system isn’t for everyone. But do you really need a 5 pound telephoto lens mounted to the camera around your neck? Only you know that, but don’t feel like you have to carry 47 pounds of gear to look the part. No one cares. Do the work and do it well. Take the stress off your body by using holsters and good straps.
5- Pace yourself– Don’t feel obligated to overshoot just because you want to look busy. A good part of my day is people watching and observing. That’s how I document moments of human emotion and interaction. Obviously, you don’t want to miss critical moments, but overshooting will exhaust you. It helps to know where you’re aiming before you hit your target. All of these things are important for reducing wedding photographer fatigue.