8 Great Wedding Photography Tips

If you are about to shoot your first wedding, it can be an extremely daunting time, to say the least. I’ve now got around 10 years of experience of wedding photography, and still get a little nervous to be honest.

But I’ve built up a system and learnt a lot of lessons, sometimes the hard way, to make things run a lot more smoothly that when I first started. Here’s a list of some of the key wedding photography tips I swear by.

  1. Be prepared. Have a list of all the important people to take with you on the day, so you know who’s who and to make sure you don’t miss out any of the wedding party. A list of group photographs, agreed with the bride and groom before the day, is also a must. The groups can be hard enough to organize at the best of times, but without some planning chaos will likely ensue.
  2. Get your kit right. Have a least two camera bodies in case one breaks, and the same goes for your lenses and flashes. Spare batteries and memory cards are a must to. A good lens is probably even more important than the camera body, and as far as the best lens for wedding photography goes, my firm favorite is the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM. It’s part of Canon’s L series so isn’t cheap, but it’s build quality and the quality of the image is fantastic.

It has an image stabilizer to help you cope with low light conditions, and it’s long focal length will allow you to get some great shots of the couple without getting too close to them and destroying an intimate moment. So will also need a wide angle lens though, for the group shots and other photographs where you want to include more of the location.

  1. Be as friendly, not over-friendly though, courteous and charming. Don’t be bossy, even if it means you miss one or two shots during the day. If you get the guests on your side, they’re much more likely to laugh and smile when you’re around, and that’s half the battle won right there.
  2. Be creative in your shot selection and composition. Consider shooting through a gate at the couple kissing, lean out of a first floor window for a big group shot, get low for the little flower girl.
  3. Shoot as many combinations of people as you reasonably can. The bride with each bridesmaid, then all together, the bride with her mum, then with dad, then with mum and dad. You’ve got a much better chance of selling more photos this way, and getting some lovely memories for everyone at the same time.
  4. Practice shooting in the different lighting conditions and posing as well before the day. Grab your partner for a mock portrait shoot, or your friends to simulate photographing the groups. This really is one of the best wedding photography tips I can give. It makes the whole day much much easier, and you’ll be a whole lot less stressed out if you’ve practiced beforehand.
  5. Make a backup of all your image files as soon as you can, and then make a second backup on disc and store this somewhere different to the other backup. In the event of theft of fire, you will still have your images.
  6. Get to work on editing and post production of your images soon after the wedding. If you leave it for an age, the couple will get impatient, and you’ll forget who’s who, and the overall sequence of events of the day, which will affect your final choice of images.

Some Wedding Photography Tips Before Hiring A Photographer

Reading some wedding photography tips before you choose and pay a photographer for his is of utmost importance. You are not hiring a photographer to take your Christmas pictures, which of course can be compromised on quality sometimes with thoughts that you can compensate for them on the coming Christmas. Your wedding is a onetime occasion and probably the happiest moment of your life so you wouldn’t want some nonprofessional photographer to ruin the pictures with his slovenly approach towards them. You want the most important to the most minor details to be captured on the pictures and for that, you will have to do a little work.

Research Online For Photographers

First thing you would want to do is go online and search for the best photographers that are available in your area. While searching online you can also get some information about the general pricing trend that’s going on. Look for the ones nearest to you and make sure to browse the website carefully because you will find a lot of helpful material on the websites in deciding whether you want a particular photographer or not.

The Skills Of The Photographer

There are different ways to take wedding pictures and you would want your photographer to know those things. You could read some detailed wedding photography tips to know what different forms of wedding photography exist. For example, a photographer might be an expert of portraiture photography and other might be a specialist of doing documentary type photography. In portraiture, most of the pictures will be taken in the form of portraits while with documentary style photography, most of the pictures will be real and natural to the event i.e. you will not be posing for the pictures but they will be taken in the moments while you are enjoying.

Always See Their Portfolio

Going their portfolios is the most important of wedding photography tips. This is where you will get the idea from about their photography skills and range. If you find a lot of pictures on the website with different shots of different couples that all look stupendous, don’t believe just then and there. Make sure you see complete wedding albums because that gives you clearer idea of how consistent the photographer is with his photography. Of course, on the website they only put the greatest and the best shots they have taken.

Discuss Some Terms And Conditions

Before finalizing the package and other stuff, make sure you know what terms and conditions your photographer is working with. What if he requires you to have watermarks added to all of your photographs if you think of uploading them on the internet? Are your photographs going on the photographer’s website for everyone to see? Are you okay with that? Discuss all these options before hiring the photographer.