Have a ‘Shot List’
What would they like to be included on their picture album? What are the must-have picture moments before, during, and after the wedding day? By listing down in advance what moments they want to be captured will make their wedding photography project a much easier task. Imagine forgetting to take a picture of the couple together with his or her grandma!
Assign a Family Photo Coordinator
One stressful part of the photo session is making sure that all family members are present for the shoot. Everyone couldn’t help but enjoy the celebration, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they are all over the place. A family photo coordinator, one for each side of the family if needed, should be assigned to organize everyone for the shot and keep things moving to make sure that the couple will have more time to relish the ‘festive spirit’.
Take a good look at the location
This should be done in order to determine the size of the place, where the lighting is best situated, what are the perfect spots for taking the shots, all those things. You can even take a few test shots which can also be used for the couple’s engagement photos.
They want it to be perfect but you shouldn’t assume that everything will go smoothly as you planned it. So it is good to prepare a back-up plan just in case a bad weather appears. Check the traffic situation on the routes to the wedding destination so you can suggest alternatives for the family members and visitors attending. Charge your batteries and bring extras. Make sure your memory cards are blank (and working!).
Set your expectations
Research the work/style of professional wedding photographers that you admire to find out which one works best for the couple. If they wish to have a wedding theme, determine the kind of shots they want to you to take to complement their expectations. You also have to know in advance the cost of all the printed shots so they will not be caught off guard with the amount.
Mute the sound setting of your Camera
Do not forget to turn off the sound before the wedding ceremony to avoid ruining the special moments like the kiss or dramatic speeches given by family members and friends.7. Capture even the smallest details of the event
Capture the Details
Do not underestimate the power of details – flowers, rings, the shoes, the hair and even the back of the dress! The menus, table settings, a balloon that escaped to the air, those little things that would add depth and meaning to their wedding album.
Have another Camera for standby
Because you will never know if your trusted camera will do just fine in the entirety of the program. Prepare another camera, set it up with a different lens, and use it to shoot different angles of the same shot.
Consider an alternative Wedding Photographer
If you have an alternative wedding photographer, the more chances of taking shots from different spots at the same time. You can even talk to your wedding photographers of taking a formal and a candid shot of the same person or situation.
The sky is the limit
You can be as funny and refreshing or as serious and passionate as you want to be! It all depends on what shots should be included or how they want the person or situation to be taken. Visualize the right angle, position, or setup. Take candid shots of the key moments. Do not be afraid to ask people politely to position themselves in the best angle you think they would be.
Learn how to Use Diffused Lighting
The key is to know how to bounce a flash or diffuse it. Usually, church lighting is not conducive to great picture taking moments. Use a flash if it is allowed but if it is not possible, use a fast lens at wide apertures and/or bump up the ISO.
Try capturing pictures in RAW
The couple’s wedding day is the perfect time to do this because it allows more flexibility in manipulating the shots.
Put your pictures on display at the Reception
Take advantage of the fact that the whole world can see exactly what just took place in the most romantic moment of the couple’s life. Upload the pictures to a computer or a laptop and display them on a slideshow.
Determine the kind of Backgrounds
you will haveChoose uncluttered areas, romantic spots, and shaded portions of the location as your background, especially for your formal shots.
Don’t throw away ‘rejects’
Simply because you don’t like it the first time you viewed it doesn’t mean that you cannot use it as part of the wedding album or wedding magazine. Remember that you can always edit all the shots so you can print out the kind of pictures that you think are of the highest quality.
Add a creative Perspective
Formal shots are essential to the couple’s wedding album or wedding magazine. But do not forget to take shots from down low, up high, at wide angles etc. to add excitement and originality to your work.
Take Wedding Group Shots
Of course, it is good to know that you have not forgotten to take pictures of everyone present in the couple’s wedding day. So that means, climbing a ladder or positioning yourself up in the balcony where you can see everyone and take pictures. Get the bride and groom to be in the middle of a group you want to photograph.
Fill in Flash for Tricky Lighting
It is a good thing to give a little fill in flash when shooting after the wedding ceremony or during formal shots. You can dial it back a little (a stop or two) so that shots are not blown out. Fill in flash is a must for shadowy settings or midday shooting conditions.
Continuous Shooting Mode for Posed Shots
Use this mode when you are taking formal or posed shots of the couple and other guests. The best shots are sometimes not the first one so you should be able to capture it.
Be prepared for the unexpected
Things happen even after you have organized everything and did your homework. The groom’s fly is unzipped, the bride trips a little bit, the flower girl makes tantrums in the middle of the aisle, those things. Do not panic and strive to capture the best angles of the most uncomfortable situations. The couple will forever thank you for that. They might even just laugh afterwards and cherish the fact that it was taken on picture.
Enjoy the day
Be relaxed and strive for a good mood. A positive attitude is your best tool for capturing the best parts of the wedding event.
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