The majority of photographers can agree that weddings are one of the most stressful and daunting shoots to sign up for. To start with, there is no margin for error and there is a huge responsibility on the photographer to deliver high-quality pictures on the couple’s most important day of their lives. There is also the fact that the environment changes between each wedding and everyone is in a rush, giving you little time to get to the perfect position and have the correct settings. However, by preparing yourself beforehand, you and your client can have a more satisfying outcome.

What Equipment Should You Have

To start this off, it is best you find out the condition of the area. What time is the event, will it be indoors or outdoors are some of the questions you should ask yourself. Once you have got this information you can decide on the lens you need to use. Forget your hidden cameras and the spy pen, go for two shooters; one using a 24-70 mm lens and the other using a 70-200 mm. This gives you the perfect range and is the most popular setup. Pack plenty of batteries, a few flashes and a couple of strong stands.

Come Up With A Schedule

Giving a schedule to your clients will make things more organized for yourself and allow your client to know what is coming up next. This is something that needs the practice to be developed. List down all the typical events in the wedding. Examples of these include candid pictures of the couple getting ready, pictures of the bridal party, pictures of the family, the ceremony, post-wedding shoot and last of all, the reception. Depending on the wedding, you might have to add a few more events or maybe remove some. After this, you need to assign how much time each event will take. Your next step would be to come up with a checklist for your client to complete. This will allow them to plan how and when to utilize you, making the job easier for both parties.

Shoot Raw

While opinions on shooting in raw differ from photographer to photographer, a wedding is one time where it can help immensely. The tricky lighting and moving surroundings can present difficulties to a photographer, and shooting in raw can really help you during the post-processing.

Think About The Background

Get to the event beforehand so you can scout the area and find the best backgrounds to shoot the pictures in. In an ideal scenario, you will want uncluttered backgrounds and shady areas that are free of direct sunlight and people.

Try To Be Creative

Most of the pictures that end up in the final album tend to be generic photos that can be found on ten other final albums. Do not hesitate to mix things up and change your perspective. For all you know, you might end up with a great picture. Try shooting wide angle pictures, shooting from a low point, shooting from a higher elevation and similar other ways. 


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