If you are a photographer, and you have just been hired for your very first wedding photography, it is expected and very much okay that you freak out. After all, wedding are probably the most special event for a couple with their whole life ahead of them – you cannot afford to screw things up. So to help you out, below are some tips for wedding photography; these are the basics, nothing technical.
Come up with a shot list
In a wedding, there are a host of happy moments to capture and it is very easy to get carried away. As such, to ensure that you do not present back the work only to realize that the photo of the couple with their grandparents does not feature, be sure to have the couple think of some of the shots they expect you to take, compile a list and cross them out during the wedding. This will be extremely helpful with the family shots.
Family photo wedding coordinator
While you might know the couple well and their immediate family, during the wedding, the whole family dynamics may and will overwhelm you. With new people everywhere having fun, it can get really chaotic for you. You should have the couple nominate an individual from the family who will help with the rounding up of the family members for the different shots to keep things moving smoothly.
Scout the location before hand
Visit the locations to get ideas on some of the photo positions and have an idea of how the light will affect the photography. This will help you take the best photos bringing out the best in people with great ease. You could even take some test shots with the couple, if they do not mind.
Wear comfortable shoes
Sure stilettos would look great in a wedding reception but not compared to the pain and agony you will be going through. At the very best, you will be the grumpiest wedding photographer ever. Weddings are busy and you will be doing lots of walking so it would help if you were in comfortable flat shoes.
While you may be looking to give the best (understandably), be sure not to get carried away with this that you forget to have fun. After all, it is a wedding.