A wedding is a very important day for the bride and the groom. Every couple looks forward to having fond memories of their special day. Thus, more often than not people hire a professional wedding photographer. In my experience, shooting a wedding requires a ton of preparation, organization, and patience. It is going to be a long day and you do not want to miss any good photo-opportunity. Here we shall discuss a few tips that I have picked up along the way. Every wedding shoot is a learning experience. So, make the best use of each contract.
First and foremost you need to be clear about the schedule. When will the cake be cut? When will the father walk the bride down the aisle? If you double-check the schedule, you can be prepared to capture all the important moments.
A wedding can happen smoothly only when there is coordination between the various departments involved. When you go as a photographer, build a good rapport with the DJ, caterers, and other parties involved. They may give you a heads up when an important event is about to begin.
The preparation for this must begin much before the actual wedding date. Take a look at the location. Be familiar with the theme and decorations the couple has planned. This way, you will not be wasting time finding good spots/backdrops for clicking pictures.
A wedding is an emotional affair too! Be prepared to click a lot of unplanned shots. The candid ones will surely make everyone happy. Look to capture the micro-expressions of the bride, the groom, their families, little children, and the guests. Before the big day, discuss with your clients, the gear you are going to use. Also, know if they want to use any props that complement the theme. Have a set of poses that you can refer to while shooting. Check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. Not everything may go as planned, but keep you calm to get the best shots!