Wedding Photography Tips
Wedding Photography Tips for your Wedding Day
Have a ‘Shot List of Pictures’ you want for you big day.
Wedding Photography is to get the couple to think ahead about the shots that they’d like you to capture on the day and compile a list so that you can check them off. This is particularly helpful in the family shots. There’s nothing worse than getting the photos back and realizing you didn’t photograph the happy couple with grandma!
Wedding Photography have a family photo coordinator.
The family photo part of the day can be quite stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re unaware of the different family dynamics at play and people are in a ‘spirit of the day’ to the point where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family member who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.
3. Know your photo Location
Visit the locations of the different places that you’ll be shooting before the big day. While I’m sure most Pros don’t do this – I find it really helpful to know where we’re going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. On one or two weddings I even visited locations with the couples and took a few test shots (these made nice ‘engagement photos’).
4. In Wedding Photography Preparation is Key
So much can go wrong on the day, be well prepared. Have a backup plan, think about routes and time to get to places and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll gather a lot of great information.
5. Get the expectations of the couple.
Know what shots you want, what key things they want to be recorded, how the shots will be used.
6. Turn off, Switch on.
Speeches, the kiss and vows add to the event. Shoot the small details. Photograph rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc – these help give the end album an extra dimension. Flick through a wedding magazine in a news stand for a little inspiration.