Practical Tips for a Wedding Photographer

There will be a lot of times wherein you will need to prepare quick fixes ahead of time for the weddings that you will be shooting as a wedding photographer. Here are some practical ways to make your job easier.

Gauge mood or vibe of  the people.

wedding photographyWhenever you are covering a wedding as a wedding photographer, always try to gauge the current mood or vibe of the people that you are taking photos of. There will be a lot of times wherein people won’t be so hot with the aspect of having a camera trained on them all of the time. They might not be all that comfortable when it comes to being the focus of attention all the time and this can be a bit of a problem for you as a professional wedding photographer because this kind of discomfort is something that can turn out to really show in the photos that you take. This is something that you need to be sensitive about.

Make sure that you put in a temperature check every now and then just to see if the people that you are taking photos of still come out looking great in the images that you are trying to capture. If you notice people starting to get antsy or a bit uncomfortable, what you can do about this is to try to see if you can move back and keep your distance and proceed to take your shots from a distance just until you think that it’s OK to start taking photos up close again. Don’t forget to always switch to a longer lens when you are taking photos from a distance. This way, you can still take your closeup shots without making people a little too uncomfortable during the process.

Get to know the people that you will be working with during the wedding event coverage.

There will usually be rehearsals before the main wedding event. It tends to help out a lot if you get the bride to introduce you to her entourage especially to the best man and to the maid of honor. You have to understand that once the wedding comes into full swing, the bride and groom will come in front and center in everything. You will not have a lot of chances to communicate with them all that much. This is where the maid of honor and the best man will come in. more often than not, they will usually be a pretty huge part in the wedding planning process. This means that you will be able to consult them and ask for sign offs in the event that you do not have access to the couple who is being wedded. Express this concern with the bride and make sure that she understands the reason why you are requesting for introductions. It will make your work flow so much easier and so much more comfortable as a wedding photographer if you already know the people that you will be working with as opposed to meeting them for the first time during the day of the wedding.