By the end of the list we'll need a wheelbarrow OR an F-150 truck OR a herd of 6-7 assistants OR a very good chiropractor.
Where are them good days when a simple flash with a G/N table and a 50mm lens would work wonders for a wedding?
My take? The whole thing has gone too far. It now beats the purpose of having some nice memories from the wedding and transformed everything into an artificial, highly-choreographed artificial theatrical amateurish play.
Ditch that. I'm not touching weddings again. Ever...
Man, do you sound angry!
You don't need a wheelbarrow, just one of these: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/592386-REG/Domke_700_02A_F_2_Rugge...
As technology (and more importantly techniques and education) progressed, so too did the standard for image quality. With that in mind, I come from the school of though that if you put a camera into a good photographer's hand, they'll be able to create compelling images no matter what. This is true with the simple flash and 50mm as well as with some of the more complicated setups of today like the Canon 1D Mk IV or Nikon D3s.
Indeed, some photographers shoot with nothing else but Leica M bodies and a couple of lenses. It all depends on style.
I'm not quite sure I agree with you on the theatrical take. My intention when shooting a wedding is making the bride and groom happy because these are the photos that are going to stay with them the rest of their life. They will be shared online, in albums, shown to their kids, grandkids, etc. Clients these days have stricter standards and demand the best.
It's our job to give it to them, and hope that it all flows smoothly: http://www.bhinsights.com/content/when-groom-says-no.html
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