A wedding photographer’s hangover

Richard Charpentier Notes from Rich 1 Comment

No, I haven’t been given to hard nights on the town.  You won’t find me at Coyote Joe’s, or any of the other bars.  We’re not talking about the “what did I do last night hangover,” because I know exactly what I did last night.  A wedding day was covered from start to finish, and man am I whooped!

The workday started at 10 a.m.  And we wrapped up at 10 p.m.  The only time I really sat for more than a minute was while in the truck going from location to location.  The same can be said for Jodi and Kassi.  We were straight out for the day.  And what a day.

Yesterday I woke at 5:30 am.  That’s usual for me this time of year.  Sun is up?  Rich is up.  But the morning wasn’t so sunny.  A mix of clouds and forest fire smoke driven in by insane winds left the landscape look a little apocalyptic.  And I thought, “Oh great, it’s going to be that kind of a day.”

The strong winds continued for the morning (and rest of the day), and eventually the clouds were pushed out and so was the smoke.  Blue skies prior to setting off.  So I felt a little better, but we still had the insane high desert winds going on.  And they stuck with us for the remainder of the day.

All of the images and setups I had in my head for the morning went out the window as the winds continue.  Adapt and change with the conditions.  That was the order of the day.  And happily we pulled it off.  Looking through images this morning (it’s 6:38 and I’ve been up since 5:30) I can see that we did a great job.

So, my hangover?  Yeah, clearly I’m getting old.  The balls of my feet are killing me and I wish I had worn my hiking shoes instead of dress shoes.  There’s some kind of new cramp in my lower back that seems quite happy to stick with me today.  I’m dehydrated as all get out because I didn’t drink enough water even though the truck was full of water and gatorade.  Whew.

Not complaining either.  Just telling you, I’m sore and worn out.  I’ll offload images today, but little more will happen with them until tomorrow.  But I couldn’t leave you without one teaser image could I?

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