Wedding Photography

wedding photographyInitiate 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.

Wedding Photography

wedding photography tips1. Prepare yourself gear-wise

Your gear is your first line of defense. Without it, your career in professional wedding photography is just not possible in any way, shape or form so this is the most significant starting point in everything. Start off with a nice and steady DSLR camera that will be able to deliver high resolution photos without having you going bankrupt just yet. You are still starting out, after all. Regardless, this is probably the wisest investment you will ever get to make to help kick start your professional career.

2. Scout the wedding and reception venues two days or so in advance

It pays to familiarize yourself with the wedding landscape so that come event day, you are able to get it all figured out. You will know how and where to position your subjects and you will get to know where the best spots for photographing are. Know the venue like the back of your hand and everything else should come along easy as pie.

3. Have a long and meaningful conversation with your clients before planning anything out on your own

Sit down with your clients and take time to really list down the things that they would like to get out of your services. This will also be the best time to ask if they will be able to allow you any artistic liberties and where the perimeters lay with regards to the things that you basically decide on your own.

4. You need to have more than one camera

You need a secondary camera for when things go awry with your first one. It is an absolute requirement and there is just no negotiating out of this one at all. Having a secondary camera that takes pictures just as well and as high quality as the first one will ensure that you will be able to continue filming the event even if something happens to your primary camera of choice. It also makes it easier for you to switch in between lenses because you can just mount them on different cameras and swap in between cameras instead.

5. You need to have more than just one lens

And speaking of lenses, you need to have at least two to start off with. A wide angle lens is required for this group photos that is just an absolute must for wedding photography. You’re also going to need a macro lens for the more romantic and close-up shots that are also quintessential to wedding photos.

6. You need to have another person to assist you in covering the event

An extra pair of hands is needed for all the equipment that you will be lugging around with you. This holds particularly true if your client has signed up for both wedding photos and videos. You just can’t do both at the same time throughout the event.

7. Make sure that you are able to back up your files

Store your files in different places and using different mediums. Files are oftentimes corrupted when stored solely in memory cards so invest in great hard drives and computers that you can transfer them in as soon as you’re done filming.