Best Tips for Your Wedding Photography
Would you like to improve your wedding photography abilities?
A wedding is perhaps the main day in a couple’s life. It is your responsibility as a wedding photographer to capture the best moments and create a wonderful memory album of the big day!
In this article, we’ll go over some of the best wedding photography tips and common wedding photography blunders to avoid.
It’s a common question among photographers on how to be a good wedding photographer. So, while I’m not a professional wedding photographer, I thought it was time to share a few wedding photography tips.
I’ll leave the technical aspects of wedding photography to the professionals. However, as someone who has been asked to photograph numerous weddings for friends and family, here are a few suggestions.
What Exactly Is Wedding Photography?
Before you can truly understand how our tips will benefit your wedding photography, you must first understand what makes photographing a wedding ceremony and reception difficult.
Wedding photography differs from other types of photography in that you only have one chance to get it right. Weddings usually last only one day – the wedding day! That means there is very little room for error on the photographer’s part. You must ensure that you are prepared to shoot at any time.
Because the bride and groom, as well as their families and friends, may be stressed, it is critical that you maintain a positive, easygoing attitude.
1. Make a List of your Shots
One of the most useful wedding photography tips I’ve received is to get the couple to think ahead about the shots they’d like you to capture on the big day.
Then make a list so you can cross each shot off as you go. This is especially useful for family portraits. Nothing is worse than receiving your photos and realizing you didn’t photograph the happy couple with Grandma!
2. Locate a Wedding Photographer and Family Photo Coordinator
I find the family photo session part of the day to be quite stressful. People are everywhere, you are unaware of the various family dynamics at work, and everyone is in a “festive spirit” (and has often been drinking a few spirits) to the point where things can become quite chaotic.
Ask the couple to nominate a family member (or one from each side of the family) to be the shoot’s “director.” They can gather everyone, assist in getting them in the shot.
3. Investigate the Location
Before the big day, go to the various locations where you’ll be shooting.
While I’m sure most pros don’t do this, I find it extremely useful to know where we’re going, to have a few short positions in mind, and to be aware of how the light might affect us. I’ve even visited locations with the couples before one or two weddings and taken a few test shots (which made nice “engagement photos”).