When it comes to wedding photography, no one in the local scene has got as many stars under his belt as Pat Dy. The receipts: he's shot the nuptials of Belle Daza and Adrien Semblat, Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico, Preview's own Daryl Chang to Mano Lotho, and, most recently, Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff's breathtaking Queensland ceremony.
Pat's undoubtedly got a ton of stories to tell, but we sit down and ask him about the basics: what's it's really like doing the job he does? Keep reading and find out.
What's your preparation like for a wedding? Do you get to know the couple?
"I often don't meet my couples prior to their wedding day anymore! I guess the trust is mostly already there for me, but I make it a point to click and chat with my brides as soon as I enter the preparation room on their wedding day."
What was the first wedding you ever shot?
"It was held in a Max's Fried Chicken restaurant with a hundred guests. I only charged P12,000!"
Take us through a typical working day. What's your schedule like when you shoot a wedding?
"It's often a 14-hour day for me. I arrive 3.5 hours before the church time. Shoot details, ton of candids, pick a song for the SDE, and then photograph my brides after. During church, we make it a point to shoot a lot of moments with the couple and family members since emotions are flying high, especially before the bride walks down the altar. After the church formals, I move on to the couple's outdoor portraits. We then proceed to the hotel to rest then continue shooting at the reception venue."
What's the hardest part of the process and why?
"Creating good content, particularly the same day edit video...especially when there's not enough material to use!"
What's the most difficult thing about being a wedding photographer?
"The hardest part of being a wedding photographer is to perform and shoot couples who got you but don't care about their photos. These couples are the ones who don't listen to your on-the-day advice and are always preoccupied with other things that I can't establish my own rhythm shooting them since we keep pausing in between shots."
Most memorable wedding to date?
"Anne and Erwan's wedding in New Zealand."
For those starting in the wedding industry, what tips would you give them?
"Don't think about how much you are going to make when you choose this career. Shoot with passion and enjoy every aspect of the wedding. The money side will take care of itself."