1. What does the bridal couple want?
Be clear on what the bridal couple can expect from you as a photographer. Tell what they get and what they may not get. Make clear appointments for the day and clarify what role you have as a photographer. Misunderstandings can easily arise, but fortunately they can also be easily avoided.
2. The simple is often the best!
Drop props. Drop big studio lights. Drop stand. Focus on the most important thing and make it as easy as possible for both yourself and the bridal couple. In any case, do not let everything else go at the expense of the good atmosphere you want to convey.
Make sure your cameras cope with high ISO values without providing too much image noise if you plan to shoot indoors. Always have a camera in the back in case of unforeseen events.
You must have bright lenses. At least f / 2.8 or even more bright optics. Large apertures provide creative possibilities and allow for fine blurry and fuzzy backgrounds, and not least the ability to shoot indoors without a flash.
If you need a flash, it should be an external flash. The camera’s built-in flash should never be used. If you angle the flash in the ceiling or the wall behind you, you get a much more flattering and comfortable light. But keep in mind that if you are photographing in church or during the party, the flash will attract a lot of attention and in many cases be disruptive.
6. Always have a plan B.
Where do you take the photos if it rains? Do you double up with photo equipment in case something gets damaged during the day? Always have a backup plan – whatever!
7. Utilize the natural light.
Avoid direct sunlight and steer clear of dull light indoors. Look for the fine, natural light. If you are taking pictures inside, seek out shadow areas in the park or the light from large windows. Learn to see how the light falls and how turning the bridal couple towards the light affects your images. Look for natural reflectors where you will take the pictures, such as light walls.
8. Bid on yourself!
Most people feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Then imagine what it is like to be photographed on the most important day of your life, embellished and where you may be relieved to have finished the wedding and at the same time quite nervous about the speech you will be holding later in the evening. It is very much your job as a wedding photographer to manage to dissolve the mood, get them to relax, have fun and have fun together in front of the camera. Wedding photography should be a pleasant experience.
9. Be positive. Smile!
If you, as a photographer, are poorly propagated, nervous and stressed, it will be reflected in those you take pictures of. It is important that you smile, relax and enjoy the job. If you have fun and you clearly indicate that you enjoy the job, it will contribute to the mood you are looking for – and the pictures will surely be much better.
10. Battery and memory card.
Don’t worry about extra batteries and additional memory cards for your camera. Only buy memory cards from well-known brands and make sure you have more memory cards than you need.
11. Feel free to make a to-do list.
Are you afraid of forgetting something? Make a list. If you have a list that you can check when packing photo equipment, you are sure not to leave any important equipment at home. And if there are motifs and details that you are afraid to forget along the way, you can also have a checklist on this if this helps you.
Vary the scene with taking pictures both near and far. Compose your images both creatively and traditionally. Vary the camera angle by taking pictures high and low, top to bottom. Increase dynamics by playing with depth of field, shutter speed and different focal lengths.
13. Take lots of pictures!
I can easily take 4-5000 photos during a full day wedding photo shoot. It’s not about taking as many pictures as possible, but about having enough pictures to choose from afterwards. Give yourself the luxury problem by having to choose some good pictures to leave with the very best. As a rule, I select 10% of the images that I process and send from me to the bridal couple.
14. Practice makes master.
That’s it with everything, including photography. Get inspiration from other photographers, get involved in the environment, ask other photographers if you are wondering something and not least practice the things you feel you are not mastering so well. But by all means; The exercise must be done before the wedding so you are confident in what to do.
A wedding is full of small and big details and little is left to chance. It can be anything from bridal bouquet, cufflinks and rings to table cards, decorations and cake tables. The bride loves detail pictures.
Photography is just a tiny part of the job. An image is not complete until it is developed in the digital darkroom. If you photograph in RAW you have the opportunity to get even more out of your pictures in the finishing process. RAW utilizes the potential of the camera better than JPEG.
Offer the bridal couple the little extra and give them more than they paid for.