The Key To Successful Digital Wedding Photography Is
Digital wedding photography is all about being organised. You know how
to work your camera. You know how to compose a good shot.
Now it’s time to get creative.
I’m not a professional wedding photographer, but I have been to enough
weddings with my camera to share a few tips on the topic.
Most weddings follow the same sequence of events and once you’ve got
yourself organised with a plan, you can concentrate on creating
My digital wedding photography plan is divided into two areas....before
the wedding and during the wedding.
Before the wedding is all about planning and organisation, whilst
during the wedding is concerned more with getting the essential shots
for the album.
Digital Wedding Photography - Before The Wedding
Create A Photograph List
Show the couple your portfolio to help generate ideas and find out what
they are expecting from you in terms of an album. Do they want all the
pictures you take or just the best forty or so?
Ask the couple to let you know what sort of shots they want you to take
on the big day. Apart from the essential shots below, some couples like
pictures of certain family members, like their Grandparents or Great
Making this list with the couple prior to the wedding day prevents any
surprises on the day, reducing any stress.
If you are charging for the wedding photography, make sure you have an
agreement of price for the album with the couple beforehand. This saves
any misunderstandings that may occur after the wedding when it is too
Wedding Photo Co-ordinator
Getting everyone rounded up on the day can be quite a challenge. People
tend to wander off to the toilets or visit the bar for a quick drink
before the reception.
I usually try to get the Best man or Chief bridesmaid to organise a
member from each family group to round-up their respective families for
the group photos. This keeps the event organised and less chaotic.
Do A Recce Of The Location
Visit the area where the wedding photos are taking place. This will
help you discover good backgrounds and allow you to be more efficient
on the day.
If you visit at roughly the same time of the day as the digital wedding
photography will be taking place, you can also get a good idea of what
the lighting conditions will be like.
Prepare Your Kit
Make sure your camera batteries are charged and that you have enough
space on your memory card. I always format the card before I start
shooting and always carry a spare. Also check that your flash-gun
batteries are charged if you are using one.
One of the most important parts of being prepared is to have a backup
plan should the weather not be favourable. You may have to take the
photographs indoors, so different equipment may be required.
Digital Wedding Photography - During The Wedding
Digital wedding photography requires a number of traditional shots that
you’ll need to take at the wedding. These include:
The bride at home. Shots of the Bride’s
preparations for the wedding, shots of the Bridesmaid’s getting ready
both individually and together with the bride.
The Groom arriving at the venue. Take
shots of the Groom with the Best man and ushers. Also take pictures of
the Groom’s parents and other immediate family.
The Bride’s arrival at the venue. Take
shots of the Bride and Bridesmaid’s entering the venue.
Inside the venue. It’s good practice to
use a tripod on these shots to prevent camera shake and blur. It can be
quite dark inside the venue.
Exchanging of the rings. Get a couple of
shots of the rings being exchanged and also the Bride and Groom kissing.
Signing the Register. Shots of the Bride
and Groom as well as witnesses if possible.
Walking down the isle. The happy couple
leaving the venue and also standing outside as the guests throw
Group Shots. I like to start with a large
group shot first while everyone is still together. After this I get
shots of the two families and then of the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and
Best man and ushers. Some times it is easier to go in reverse, taking
the group photo last, depending on the occasion.
The reception. Take shots of the Bride and
Groom entering the reception as well as the cutting of the cake and the
glasses being raised and clinked together during the first toast.
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