Snapping away at the bride and groom as they pose, walk, dance, or whatever, and the wedding photographer falls into... you can finish the sentence any way imaginable and then some. This latest example from Estes Park, Colorado saw photographer Nathan Welton fall through the ice at Bear Lake. A fresh layer of snow apparently hid the edge of the lake and Welton got, well, too close. Nevertheless, he's recounted his story several times and says he just kept shooting and got some interesting angles.
So how often does this sort of thing happen? Anywhere from "more than you might think," to "all the time." Google "Wedding photographer falls" and you get nearly 1.7 million hits. "Into water" and "into lake" are the top two searches by the way. There's also plenty of evidence of some of these scenes, because cameras seem to always be rolling and clicking away. Check out the video from last year, when the photographer (one of them) falls into the lake. Type in "wedding photographer falls" into YouTube search and you'll get more than 41,000 results.
Watching videos like "Wedding Photographer Falls into Water Fountain" brings up an important point about situational awareness. It's easy to get too focused on your subject, too distracted as you walk backwards to get the best possible action shots. Not to mention the prospect of ruining some very expensive gear. But don't worry, it happens to others too and cameras catch those scenes as well. Check out "Wedding party falls into lake" from 2014. Twenty-two people posing on a lake dock, when in slow motion, it slowly sinks and the wedding party scrambles. There are two versions; the first set to music, the second is just natural sound. Only one soul escapes dry!
[via Caters News]