Tips for Wedding Photographers

Shooting Outdoors: Stay Flexible

Shooting outdoors, especially during pre-wedding photo shoot schedule, is a common practice today. The photographer needs to find a beautiful location where he/she can take pretty pictures of the wedding couple.

However, the weather can play a spoilsport. As a photographer, you need to have a backup plan just in case something didn’t go according to your initial plans.

If your client is counting on you, make sure you don’t let them down. There’s nothing you can do about the weather while shooting outdoors. Therefore, having an alternative plan can bail you out of an otherwise impending disaster.

Greeting the Bride: Make Her Comfortable

Wedding photography is different from other jobs in many ways. You’re documenting an event which involves myriad emotions and is very special for the bride and groom.

As a professional photographer, therefore, you should remember to connect with the bride/groom before the shoot.

Greeting the bride or speaking to her, for example, may take only a couple of minutes but it can really set the tone for the entire day. When the wedding couple is at ease, they can emote well, which can reflect well on their photographs.

In fact, many wedding photographers consider this as an extremely crucial part of their job. So, before you pull out your camera and other equipment, just get along with your client for a while. It can make the stressful job a tad easier.

Focussing on Details

Attention to detail is key to getting the best results for your photo shoot. Since every wedding is unique and brings new challenges, you should wear your creative hat.The details such as the dressing, backdrop, and emotions of the wedding couple should mingle well in order for you to get the best results.As a photographer, you should experiment with different backgrounds that go well with the wedding mood.Depending on the background and mood of the couple, you need to decide whether it is a landscape or portrait.

Backup Shoes

Shooting a wedding event can be extremely stressful for photographers. They need to walk around the venue a lot and, the job is even more challenging when it’s an outdoor shoot.

To make sure you have happy feet throughout your shoot, carry a separate pair of shoes and wear them whenever you want to give your feet a break.

When the pressure of the event keeps on mounting, an extra pair of shoes can be a stress-reliever and life-saver at times.

Final Words

Wedding photography is a very responsible job and it involves many potential challenges that you should be ready to face.

Did you ever face any particular challenges during a wedding shoot? What did you learn from it? Please, share your comments.