Initiate rapport and small talk with the people you are filming. People look better in their photographs when you talk to them instead of just clicking away silently and not acknowledging their presence. It also makes the entire shoot so much more enjoyable and less tedious when there is a certain rapport between the people being filmed and the photographer. It’s just like any other industry out there. People skills are required. Just be friendly and amiable and things will flow quite naturally. Chat them up in between takes. Who knows, you may even be able to network new clients through them. Keep your options open at all times.
Play around with the composition and angles to add variety to your shots
Wedding photography requires a certain level of creativity and affords the photography certain levels of artistic liberties to actually be able to try new things that he may never have tried before. Read up on blogs of other professional photographers and look out for the ideas that may inspire you to do better and to try new things in your photo shoots. Also see if you can have the bride and groom outline the perimeters of your artistic liberties for you.
Make the bride your priority above all else
The bride is your top client. You need to pose her beautifully and make the photo shoot work in her favor. Try to keep this little rule in mind at all times and you should be just fine. Your bride will thank you profusely once she sees the pictures you will be submitting post shoot.
Give out well-placed compliments to help boost confidence in people you are filming
Women love it when they are complimented while having their pictures taken. Learn how to do this properly and time this accurately and you will be gold. This isn’t such a hot idea among male subjects though so remember to proceed with caution if you are venturing towards that territory.
Have groups come closer to each other during the photos
Gaps in between people during the group photos may come off looking weird and a bit awkward. A seasoned wedding photographer will usually encourage the guests to play around and “harass each other” (this is just in a playful sense, nothing lascivious or anything like that) to make the photos look more casual and interesting when they come out. This is perfect for all kinds of groups, large or small, too.
Do not film people when they look uncomfortable
Uncomfortable people look weird when they come out in the photos. Do not continue filming if you sense any kind of discomfort. Take the time to have them acclimate to their surroundings first and to the fact that they are being photographed. Make them feel at ease and the rest should come easily.
Minimize the usage of flash as much as possible
The sudden glare coming from the camera flash can be distracting and a bit disorientating so if you are going for more natural looking photos, it would be much better for you to make use of a lot of natural light instead.