Wedding photographers should make it a point to bring in some amount of spontaneity into the mix of shots that they should be taking. The most interesting kinds of photos that you will be able to make are those that are a bit unplanned. Most wedding photographers always make it a point to have a list of important shots always listed down so that they can follow through on it one way or the other but that doesn’t mean that you can’t leave some room for some spontaneous shots as well in the process.
The thing about natural looking photos is that they can actually be a bit hard to plan out. What this means is that you will need to watch out for the moments when they are about to happen and make sure that you are able to capture them in the photos that you are taking. This means that you need to really being the moment all throughout the wedding and to always employ quick thinking and keen observation. You need to identify conversation starters or when people are having fun, about to laugh, about to cry and so on and so forth. This takes time and skill but you will eventually be able to get the hang of things.
Let the kids have fun during the wedding photo shoot.
This is something that wedding photographers should look out for in the process. Kids will always be kids at the end of the day. What this means is that no matter what happens and no matter how many times you provide instructions to them at some point or so, they will still more or less try to do things in their own way anyway so you might as well just roll with the punches as they go along. Let them do what they want to do for as long as they don’t really get too much in the way of things and in the list of shots that you are trying to take for the wedding photo shoot. As a matter of fact, a lot of wedding photographers out there capitalize on the innocence and on how adorable kids can be during family celebrations such as weddings. Don’t look at this like a hang up. Instead, you should look at this as something that can really add in that extra interesting spice needed for your photos.
Have the courtesy to really bring a white sheet along.
This is something that wedding photographers have been doing for the longest time running. There will be a lot of instances during the wedding photo shoot wherein you might ask the bride to pose in areas that might put her wedding dress at risk of either getting wet, or getting dirty, and so on and so forth. Wedding photographers, especially those who have been around for quite some time now, make sure that they bring along a white sheet to help put the bride’s mind at ease and so that there aren’t a lot of objections for the poses that are being requested from the bride at the end of the day. This is something that doesn’t even have to cost you much either. You can just go for a few yards or so of tarpaulin in white and get the bride to step on it every time there is a risk of getting the wedding dress dirty.
Stay as calm as you possibly can.
The couple is already pretty nervous about having the entire event all about them. You should do them a favor by not adding up to it in the process.
Capture the unexpected wedding photography moments.
Weddings are interesting events to spectate in such a way wherein there are a lot of possibilities. Although you may have some kind of plan of your sequence of events during the wedding, you should not be too stern with things and it won’t really hurt if you try to move away from the schedule by allowing spontaneous things to happen every now and then. This also means that you will have to move fast and that you should have some kind of skill in being able to read things such as verbal and nonverbal clues that lead up to an interesting moment so that you can position yourself before something happens.
It is a kind of skill that you will more or less be able to develop the longer that you practice or work on it. It won’t always be all too easy but you will get the hang of things as you go along. There are also a lot of posing tips that you can take note of to help you come up with authentic and natural looking pictures so you should definitely do the right kind of research to help you pull things off one way or the other.
Rely on sticky tape to see you through those fashion related incidents in wedding photography.
Sticky tape is one of the most reliable standard pieces of office supplies that you could ever get your hands on at the end of the day. Wedding photography is challenging because anything can happen. The slightest fashion accident can lead to a lot of pains if you don’t come in prepared for it. If you want to make things better, you need to have that quick sticky tape fix for issues like hemming, fabric accidents, and so on and so forth. Sticky tape really can be your saving grace under the right circumstances and you should have the right kind of foresight to actually bring a roll of it along during your wedding photography shoot.
Ask the couple to appoint a coordinator for you to help make your wedding photography tasks easier.
The bride will not be as available as you wish she would be during the wedding day. It is one of the busiest and craziest days in the life of the bride and that is something that can really put a damper on you and on the sign offs that you need to make in the process. Ask the bride for a coordinator who can make the decisions for her so that you have someone to consult with when you can’t talk to her. People are going to be all over her during the wedding and it would be really practical and smart if you can contact that coordinator or proxy ahead of time to help make things easier for you at the end of the day.
Show up early in the wedding venue, preferably before everyone else starts coming in.
It would be nice if you could have the place all to yourself and if you can take photos of the place before everything starts.
Tripods are crucial to wedding photographers because they can maximize camera performance in low light settings.
Wedding photographers find themselves in tricky light setting options all of the time. This is where the tripod can really come in handy. The camera tends to shake a little when there isn’t enough light coming in through the sensor and that is something that you will need to put in the necessary preparations for one way or the other. a tripod set in place can really firmly hold the camera down and minimize any vibrations that might come from it. Insisting to hold the camera by hand will only magnify the vibrations coming off of it due to the low light setting. You do not want to go with this particular kind of risk. Bring your tripod along even if you think there is no need for you to use it during the wedding day event. You will never really know when the situation will come up but what you can be rest assured of is that the situation will certain come up.
Tripods have multiple uses and that alone is advantageous for wedding photographers.
Even if you are shooting in an area that has an abundant amount of lighting, there are still multiple uses for the tripod for as long as you know where to look and how you will be able to use it at the end of the day. A tripod can hold up more than just the camera. It can be used to hold up camcorders, lighting units, flash brackets that are clipped on externally, and so on and so forth. When it all comes down to it, you are only limited to the imagination and creativity that you are able to bring to the table and that is something that you should be able to check out one way or the other.
Tripods work great for when wedding photographers need to take close up shots.
When you are taking portrait shots or close up shots, you will need to make sure that the camera is absolutely stock still. You will need all of the framing and all of the rest of the composition right and just as you would like them to be positioned if you want to get any chance of having the pictures come out just as you would like or just as you have imagined them. The slightest sign of movement of change in the composition of a photo can end anytime soon.
Tripods can help wedding photographers get more creative.
There are times wherein you will need to take a step back and free up your hands so that you can get more creative with the shots that you take. A tripod can really unload the burden of having to carry the camera around with you all of the time. You can play around with the art factor of your shots and get better pictures all throughout in the process. A tripod really is your best bet in getting the best advantage for the trick shots you want to get done.
A wedding photographer should work on his strength and hire out his weaknesses.
You should know the things that you are great with as a wedding photographer because those are the things that you will have to bank on and capitalize on one way or the other. Those are the things that you will have to work on doing yourself when it all comes down to it. All of that is great but when you come to think of it, you will also need to seriously assess the things that you are bad with. Be honest with yourself and be pretty much ready to admit it when you cannot expertly pull something off. There are just some things that you cannot or are not good at and that’s alright. Nobody is perfect, after all. But if you want to make sure that you run a pretty tight ship, you will need to more or less be ready enough to admit this.
Hire out the areas that you are quite weak with and leave it to the professionals who pretty much know their stuff. If you’re not that good with accounting and with balancing the books, then hire out an accountant. If you are not that good with blogging or SEO, then hire out an SEO expert. If you are not that good with marketing, then hire out someone who is pretty good with the marketing side of things. Do not try to go ahead and do everything yourself because when it all comes down to it, you can’t. Accept it, deal with it, and move on to the next aspect of your wedding photography business that you will need to take care of.
A wedding photographer should work on his service package and pricing.
When it all comes down to it, pricing your services is a bit of a delicate thing to balance but with the right amount of analysis, foresight, and strategy; it is something that you can definitely pull off one way or the other. make sure that your pricing is not too high up that you will end up scaring future customers off but not too low that people will start to wonder if you are for real or they might take the bait but you will end up losing revenue instead of gaining anything which will totally defeat the purpose of running a business in the first place.
Take time in growing your skills as a wedding photographer.
You cannot be an expert wedding photographer over night. The sooner you are able to figure this out and accept it, the more you will be able to understand that this is something that you will really need to work on at some point or so. Be patient with yourself and do not try to pressure yourself too much if you do not get it all at first. All good things take time and so will your skills.
Brace yourself for failures at the start.
You will not be getting so much success in the beginning and that is quite alright. Just keep soldiering on and keep working on your skills because they should pull through in the long run.