Beginning in anything is a big hassle and especially when there is no one to teach or guide you. You don’t have to worry very much about it because Time, experience, and experiment will give you technique.
Read through it and you will definitely get something that will help, here are some suggestions for you:
1. Prepare a ‘shot list’
When we are going out on a long trip, we make a list of things that will need on the trip and check them off as we pack your stuff up. Do the same kind of thing here.
Prepare a list of shots that the couple wants you to take and you can also make a list of people they want to get clicked with, especially for family pictures because they don’t want to miss any of the family members.
2. Visit the location, firsthand
Visiting the location where the wedding or the ceremonies will take place will be the best thing you can do for own yourself. Knowing how does the location looks, taking a few shots to know how much light or what kind of accessories will you need is the best.
You can go and visit the location with the couple, click a few pictures of them and you will know much about the kind of photography that you need to do for the couple.
3. Get yourself a coordinator
Okay, we all pretty much have an idea what a hassle wedding is and it isn’t just a wedding for the family members, it is a festival that they want to enjoy the fullest.
And there is always confusion about which relative belongs to whom, the best you can do is get yourself a coordinator from both the families that makes it easier for you to click pictures from both sides.
4. Preparation is the key to your lock
Get your cameras charged, memory clear & everything arranged so you don’t have to face any trouble on the shoot day. Ask the schedule of the ceremonies before you make a list of how will you manage everything.
Also, make an itinerary of the day or days, according to the days of the ceremonies. So, you will not get confused and you will have a clear idea of what to do next.
5. Know the couple’s expectations and set them
Meet the couple twice or thrice before the wedding and show them your work from the past. Know what are they expecting from you and what kind of shots do they want.
Make an agreement where you put up the price that the couple has to pay you and also tell them how you will their pictures in future, if for advertisements or to show another couple your work.
All of it should be in the mind of the couple and signed too so that they do not claim you for any such event.
6. Turn the camera sound off
In between a ceremony, vows, or kissing and you have to capture these key moments, so do not keep the sound of your camera because it can create disturbance for the couple and can spoil your random and perfect to click shots.
7. Get another camera for the day
Do anything, anything possible or impossible to get another camera for the day. Get yourself a camera with a short lens which is good candids or other moments. Another camera with a long lens for other kinds of photoshoots.
8. Book a second photographer
You need to have a backup photographer for the day because problems come uncalled for. If you will have another photographer that will be the most beneficial to you.
Don’t create a “nowhere to go” kind of situation on your special day.
9. Be Bold but not obtrusive
Timidity won’t get you ‘the shot’ – sometimes you need to be bold to capture a moment. However, timing is everything, and thinking ahead to get in the right position for key moments is important so as not to disrupt the event. In a ceremony, I try to move around at least 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons, or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you want, and ask for it from the couple and their party. You’re driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.
10. Display all your shots at the reception
The best part about digital technology is you can show your work before making it into a hardcopy. You can make a presentation or video or something to show all the best images that you have captured from the day for the day.
Weddings are a great place to meet new people and talk to. You are a photographer, and people expect good behavior from you. Just smile and be kind to anyone who comes for a photograph. Smiling has been and will be the best strategy, no matter where you go.
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Hope this helps!