The wedding photography tips that I follow in my shoots.
Short list the ideas of couple to get the best out in the first meeting itself... compile a list so that you can check them off. This is particularly helpful in the family shots. There’s nothing worse than getting the photos back and realizing you didn't photograph the happy couple with grandma...
Wedding Photography Family Photo Coordinator:
Getting the perfect family photo part of the day can be quite stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re unaware of the different family dynamics at play and people are in a ‘festive spirit’ (and have often been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family member (or one for each side of the family) who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.
Scout the Location:
Visit the locations of the different places that you’ll be shooting before the big day. While we are sure most Pros don’t do this – but its really helpful to know where we’re going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. u can even visit locations with the couples and took a few test shots..
In Wedding Photography PREPARATION is Key:
So much can go wrong on the day – so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, memory cards blank, think about routes and time to get to places and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll gather a lot of great information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony .
Set expectations with the Couple:
Show them your work/style. Find out what they are wanting to achieve, how many shots they want, what key things they want to be recorded, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you’re charging them for the event, make sure you have the agreement of price in place up front.
Shoot the small details :
Photograph rings, backs of dresses, footwear , flowers, table settings, menus ,decorations etc – these help give the end album an extra dimension. Flick through a wedding magazine in a news stand for a little inspiration. DO TURN OFF THE SOUND ON YOUR CAMERA.
Beeps during speeches and vows don’t add to the event. Switch off sound before hand and keep it off.
Consider more Wedding Photographers:
Having a second backup photographer can be a great strategy. It means less moving around during ceremony and speeches, allows for one to capture the formal shots and the other to get candid shots. It also takes a little pressure off you being ‘the one’ to have to get every shot!
Be Bold but Not Obtrusive:
Timidity won’t get you ‘the shot’ – sometimes you need to be bold to capture a moment. However timing is everything and thinking ahead to get in the right position for key moments are important so as not to disrupt the event. In a ceremony you have to move around at least 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. You’re driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.