The details of the wedding, the corners of the wedding, the moments of the wedding, even just a beautiful and interesting beam of light, will be captured for you.
Shooting a wedding always makes me nervous. The day before, I constantly worry about any details I may have forgotten to remind the couple, whether I can spend a little more time at certain locations tomorrow, if I can capture more moments that represent the day, and if I can capture the shots that I personally like. And then… I can’t sleep.
It would be problematic if insomnia truly leads to a poor condition the next day. Besides ensuring normal filming on the day of signing the shooting contract, another aspect that is often overlooked or unnoticed is the health management of the photographer themselves.
Both physically and mentally, photographers should strive to maintain good health from the moment they sign a contract for the sake of their clients. While working on improving their photography skills, they should also make efforts to maintain overall wellness.
This is also one of the reasons why I have always maintained a fitness routine, as it not only exercises the body but also strengthens mental resilience.
As one gets older, without exercise, the body’s functionality will quickly deteriorate over time, directly affecting the shooting process.
Imagine when a person is tired, they only want to rest because their brain lacks any kind of innovation, and their body can’t keep up with the commands from the brain. I believe this is not a desirable outcome for everyone.
Because of my fitness routine, I also observe the physical condition of newcomers while observing them, and then I give some advice based on the problems I see.
Identify issues, confront issues, resolve issues.
In the meeting, I will explain the above steps once and also include my post-processing in problem-solving. However, post-processing is the final step, serving as a last resort rather than the only means to solve the problem.
Giving the subject the choice to make their own decision is what I believe a photographer should have as professional ethics.
Taking care of posture during the shooting process is actually not too complicated, it is just about addressing the issue of hunchback. (As other aspects only require fat reduction).
The upper body is the most visible and prominent part in the frame when shooting, while the lower body is rarely visible or seen due to clothing.
If the problem is caused by excessive body fat, focus on weight loss. I specifically want to address the issue of hunchback.
Hunchback is just a general term that refers to the muscles in your back, which also affects your shoulder muscles, all of which are likely to be captured.
First and foremost, I want to clarify that this is not a problem that can be solved in a short period of time (one to two days). The issues that have arisen have been accumulated over the years, and my intention in bringing this up is not solely for the purpose of appearance. Taking some time to improve and ultimately achieve better health is my objective.
I am not a fitness trainer and have not studied related knowledge about body structure. I only rely on the knowledge I have gained through regular exercise and through repeated practice, I have gained some experience and can provide a little advice for reference.
Of course, you can say I am nosy, but I have another reason, which is that if the newcomer doesn’t look good that day, the footage I capture will also reflect that.
You might think: Can’t we just manipulate it through post-production editing? Isn’t that something photographers are capable of? The answer is: Yes, it could be possible, or it might not be.
The answer is no because sometimes there might still be a slight sense of discord no matter how I handle it, due to the angle or background.
In order to prevent such situations from happening, I believe that prevention beforehand is more important. That’s why, apart from communicating the shooting process with the newcomers, I always allocate some time to discuss body language issues.
I don’t know how many people would be willing to accept such suggestions from photographers, perhaps newcomers wouldn’t find these suggestions meaningful, and maybe they would forget them the next day. Too many ‘maybes’ have crossed my mind.
But I also asked myself, are these suggestions just for myself? Definitely not. Setting aside the reason of discovering it through filming, isn’t fitness exercise a lifelong habit?
I don’t think there is anything particularly special about this suggestion, as I truly believe that fitness is a lifetime habit. The only unique aspect might be that it is coming from a photographer.
There are many factors that can contribute to having a hunchback, and since I have mentioned before that I am not a fitness trainer and have not studied subjects related to sports, the methods I can suggest for improvement are only a small part.
The improvement method I propose is to remind the weak muscle strength of the back muscles and to do some stretching exercises to immediately improve. I want to clarify once again, it is not like what some internet claims that it can be improved in a few minutes a day.
Just suggesting a direction to make you aware of the need to change your lifestyle habits and incorporate some exercise into your life for long-term health considerations.
The above also mentioned that it will affect the shoulders, referring to the action of shrugging shoulders. Shrugging the shoulders will become more noticeable with your hunchback problem, which can be caused by certain movements or nervousness, all of which I will bring up during our conversation.