Professional Wedding Photographers need to take care of multiple things to commence on the wedding shoot efficiently.
Here is a comprehensive list of 16 tips that will aid all budding professional wedding photographers:
1. Family Photo Coordinator
Get the couple to nominate family members from each side so that they help in rounding everyone up, and even help you know who is who, especially when the couple needs to be undisturbed.
2. Consider a second Wedding Photographer
Having a backup photographer can help and one can strategize during ceremony and speeches, to capture formal shots and also some useful candid shots. You do not have to focus on every shot, relieving your pressure!
3. Learn to use Diffused Light
The ability to bounce flash or diffuse the same is useful. Although light can be very low in some situations, use a flash and try to bounce the flash. You can even use a flash diffuser to soften light or use a fast lens at wide apertures so that you can bump up the ISO.
4. Get the Names
Ask for names and cell phone numbers of maid of honour and the best man since you need to call some people to inquire about the event and the people for the shoot.
5. Always have a Second Body or Lens
Sometimes equipment fails and hence it is preferable to carry a second camera body for the wedding. I usually have a third body as a backup.
6. Don’t run out of juice
Always check your batteries and keep spare ones for shooting throughout the day. The full charged on the kit is essential for such an event.
7. Be Clear about What is Included
Communicate to the party about the package rates and the services that are included in the offer. If you are charging for digital files, be clear of the inclusive charges and exclusive ones.
8. Shoot Landscape before the Event
The wedding couple sometimes chooses natural landscape settings that need to be captured before the event so that the venue is included in the wedding album.
9. If you are taking the photos of the bride and groom, plan on half the time allotted
Weddings usually run late and hence it is important to calculate time allocated for personal shoots to be the minimum. Plan ahead before getting the bride and the groom ready for the photo shoot.
10. Plan the Family’s Arrival
Plan a time for bride’s family and shoot their photos, then get the groom’s family for the shoot. The individual photo sessions of both families work like a charm.
11. Talk with the Pastor for Permissions
Some churches don’t allow any flash photography while some do. So speak to the pastor to know more about restrictions of shooting.
12. Learn to Work with Natural Light
Remember to pay attention when using natural light on the couple’s faces. Tweak your settings according to the light constantly.
13. Have a Contract
Things can go wrong anytime in a wedding. Get a contract in place to protect you from any type of lawsuits and convey expectations beforehand.
14. Get a Timeline for the Reception
As the wedding photographer, get the right timeline for the cake cutting, ring ceremony, etc. so that the moments are captured. Set a schedule for the bride/groom photos too.
15. Bring a Tripod
Shooting group pics with Tripod is always handy as you can shoot at lower shutter speed to get sharp images and also perspective to all the group shots would be same.
16. Book a Stay Day Early
If wedding venue is more than 40 minutes, I try to book a hotel close by so that I can arrive the day before. It is always safer so you are on time to start on the wedding day.
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