Discover Wedding Photography Tips, Ideas, Tricks And Poses
That The Bride & Groom Will Love
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If you're going to shoot your first wedding, here are some expert
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wedding and every other wedding you’re going to be photographing.
Learn everything from establishing a relationship and rapport with the
bride and groom, to getting the best shots on the big day.
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A - Always remember you are working, and
B – Be early. Get to the location where
the bride will get dressed well before you need to be there so you have
extra time to get the special "getting ready" photos.
C – Cover all your bases by working with
two cameras with different lenses. This could also save you
embarrassment if one of your cameras quits working for some reason.
Wedding Photography Tips D
D – Don’t drink when you’re photographing.
Ever. Be professional, you’re there to do a job.
E – Explain your approach to the bride and
groom so they know what to expect. Offer to show them some samples of
F – Form a relationship with the couple by
shooting their engagement photos or doing a walk-through at the wedding
location with them well in advance of the actual wedding day.
Wedding Photography Tips G
G – Get lots and lots of photos. One of
the best wedding photography tips. Better to have too many than not
enough, and lots of variety is good. Even if the couple say they want
all candid, be sure to get some posed shots and vice versa.
H – Have an emergency contingency plan in
case you get ill, in a car accident, have a death in the family, or
some other unforeseen circumstance. Knowing other photographers who can
cover for you in a crisis can be a life saver—and a career saver.
I – Inspect every photograph carefully
before the bride and groom ever see it. Make sure you present only your
absolute best work to clients.
Wedding Photography Tips J
J – Jump up on steps, a balcony, a ladder,
or whatever is handy to capture candids and formal portraits with new
and fresh ideas and differentiate your photos from everyone else’s.
K – Know your camera inside and out. As
lighting conditions change between indoors and out and throughout the
day and evening, you’ll need to make continual changes to your settings
if you want to keep getting professional results.
L – Lay out your gear the night before,
pack the car ahead of time, and make sure you have adequate memory
devices, lighting, battery packs or extension cords, extra bulbs,
reflectors and diffusers, a back-up camera, fully charged batteries,
extra batteries, all the lenses you will use, business cards, lens
cleaning materials and fluid, a tripod or monopod, and anything else
you will need.
Wedding Photography Tips M
M – Make friends with everyone. Be
friendly, chat as time allows, and enjoy yourself while you’re working.
Just don’t forget you’re there exclusively for the bride and groom that
N – Never over promise and under deliver.
After the wedding, give yourself ample time to prepare the photos
before you set up a time for the bride and groom to see them. If you
cut yourself short, the quality of the work you show them will suffer
and ruin your reputation. If you don’t keep your promises, you’ll ruin
your reputation even faster.
O – Over shoot rather than under shoot to
be sure you get the shots you need. Memory devices are very reasonably
priced these days and since you don’t have to develop every shot like
in the old film days, you’ve got nothing to lose and lots of security
to gain by shooting more photos rather than less. But don’t shoot a
zillion shots of the same thing (i.e., a dozen shots of the back of the
bride and groom as they stand before the altar) just because you have
extra time to kill.
Wedding Photography Tips P
P – Pose portraits carefully, paying
attention to all the details. Adjust dresses and hair before taking the
shot, check the lighting, and make sure you don’t have a tree, lamp
post, or some other object "growing" out from someone’s head.
Q – Quietly do your job, drawing as little
attention to yourself as possible. Soon it will be like you’re almost
invisible and you’ll be able to get some great shots as the bride and
groom—and their guests—let their guards down.
R – RAW is the best way to shoot weddings
so you can make any adjustments after the day is done. This is one day
you’ll never be able to recapture, so if you miss the shot or goof it
up, having the RAW version you can tweak is the only chance you have to
Wedding Photography Tips S
S – Sit down with the bride and groom in
advance to find out details about their family, the bridal party, and
their preferred style of portraiture.
T – Touch up the bride and groom, with
Photoshop elements or similar, on final photographs so you're always
putting forth beautiful portraits—even if you don’t get paid extra for
it. Your reputation is on the line every time someone looks at one of
U – Use people’s names when you talk with
and direct them for photographs. It makes it much more personal.
Wedding Photography Tips V
V – View this day as the most special day
(at least so far) in the bride and groom’s life together and take every
effort to make it meaningful for them and shoot the photos that will
bring the magic alive again when they look at them.
W – Work with a contract or written
agreement that sets forth all the details—including who owns the
photographs; how much money will be exchanged, when it's due and how it
will be paid; and exactly what the bride and groom can expect for that
X – X-pect that there will be a few
challenges during the day and resolve to take them in your stride.
Whatever you do, don’t get short with Great Aunt Betty—even if she is
trying to tell you how to do your job.
Y – Your wardrobe should be neat, neutral,
professional, and inconspicuous. You don’t want to stand out from the
Z – Zoom in to get lots of candid shots
from a distance where the bride, groom, and guests won’t even be aware
that you’re photographing them.
Do some research...
Read through magazines or books about wedding photography. Go down to
your local bookstore and skim through as many wedding photography books
as you can find. Gather as much information, advice and samples as you
can from professional wedding photographers.
Help with your first
Approach a wedding photographer that you know and ask if you can assist
them at their next wedding. Tell them you don’t expect payment and are
trying to gain experience.
Bring your camera and take a few shots. They may come in useful.
If you don’t know any professional wedding photographers, try joining
your local photography club. It’s an easy way to meet new photographer
If you want to get hands-on training, try a wedding photography seminar
hosted by Jim Kelley. He can teach you the skills and techniques that
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Something else you might try is asking for help with your first
professional wedding shoot. An assistant can help you keep track of
your shot list, hold a reflector, organise people for shots, assist in
composition and carry an extra camera for 'unexpected' candids.
Scout out the location
Checkout the venue you’re going to be shooting at beforehand. I
personally like to go a couple of weeks before the wedding to look for
good places to photograph the wedding party.
If it’s a short notice wedding or a smaller wedding, I go to the venue
at least one hour before I begin shooting.
It gives me a chance to scope out the place.
If it’s a wet day, I have a look inside to see if there’s anywhere to
setup my lighting equipment. You need a good sized working area that is
out of the way from other guests at the venue.
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