This is the most extensive compilation of tips for wedding photographers that can ever be compiled on a single page on the Internet. My hands hurt when I type it. However, you can help to alleviate my pain by sharing it via Facebook and Pinterest after you’ve stuffed yourself with the wedding tips.
Thank you to the fantastic photographer group members on the Improve Photography Facebook page who came up with suggestions to help me get to the 68th birthday mark. I’ve acknowledged each one of them with a mention in my article.
The #1 Wedding Photography Tips: Dress in comfortable shoes
You’ll be walking like you’re not used to as an event photographer on the wedding day. Sure, you’ll be wearing stilettos. Stilettos will look great at the reception. However, you’ll end up being the grumpiest wedding photographer on earth.
Tips for Wedding Photography #2 Kick your Uncle Bob early and give him an incisive elbow to the stomach!
It’s hilarious, but I’ve witnessed “Uncle Bob” ruin more wedding pictures than you could imagine. What I am referring to is that there is going to (almost) every time some person in the wedding party is known to block the flow. They might tell guests to pose when you try to put everyone in the correct spot, or they get into the way to snap pictures or take pictures. The wedding photographer should be confident and in charge. Just saying something like, “Thanks for your assistance. We’re trying something slightly different here. Do you mind if I ask you to let me start getting the pose set up in this area?” It might seem like a step in the right direction, but your couple will be thrilled to see you moving fast and completing the photo properly. (Thanks Julie Gallagher)
The Wedding Photography Tips #3 Have a candid discuss the possibility of seeing the bride
A few couples are very concerned about the custom of the groom not meeting the bride before their wedding day. I love to converse with teams and explain to them that I require at least an hour together with them (nobody else from the wedding group) to put an adequate album. When they realize they must spend this amount of time and realize that they aren’t able to make it into their wedding plans, They are typically willing to shoot before the wedding in all dresses. This allows the bride to test her hairstyle and makeup and gives you unlimited time with the couple to get the wedding photographs.
Wedding couples require an experienced, friendly, happy photographer, but the wedding is about them, not you. Photography should be an enjoyable aspect of your wedding. However, it would help if you remained as invisible as you are. This is especially important at the time of the ceremony and the toast. Allow them more space and use a broader lens to capture these instances. (Thanks Lisa Parker)
Wedding Photography Tips #17: Pay attention to the essential details!
Take a picture of the bride’s ring seated in the sermonist’s Bible, a photograph of buttons on the bride’s dress, a photo of the cake’s topper, and so on. The bride has worked for months on every little detail, and she’ll be grateful for images of each. I generally like taking photographs of the wedding details when the reception venue is being put up since the lights are on, and it’s much simpler to take the picture. (Thanks Kimberly Perry)
Remember individual photos of the groom!
Please don’t put yourself in the position of being the wedding photographer who has to confront the bride after the event (or in the middle!) regarding what they’ve purchased and doesn’t have. BeforeBefore the event, clarify to them what you’re willing to provide in exchange for the amount they are willing to pay. Do you include digital files? What hours will you be shooting? Do you plan to hit the reception as well? Do you have a travel fee? What are the prints included? Are you planning to make an album? Answer the questions or face the weddingzilla’s wrath. (Thanks Gaelene Gangel)