Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, no matter what the budget might be for the actual event. And every wedding photographer has horror stories of photo shoots gone horribly wrong. Thanks to them, these seven must-remember wedding photography tips will help you be the photographer who adds to the occasion and makes it memorable.
Wedding Photography Preparation Tips Blog
You don’t need an expensive DSLR to make beautiful images, but there are some basic considerations that entry level DSLRs do require.
By Gary Fong
Working as a professional wedding photographer for over 20 years kept me busy shooting over 1,000 weddings for many satisfied clients. It goes without saying that technological advancements in the industry saw me through a tremendous amount of equipment changes. To give you an idea, I began my career shooting with huge, bulky medium format cameras which lacked metering and called for manual focus and flash setting. Aperture and shutter speeds, for those that recall, were mere estimates set from memory of different lighting situations. Over time, my collection of various lenses and bodies grew so much that I needed an assistant to help me wheel around my gear. I simply could not work a wedding without multiple cameras (one for color and one for black-and-white). My kit also regularly included 8-10 lenses to ensure I had the right mix for fisheye, wide angle, telephoto, zoom and prime needs. On top of all of that, my lighting kit often included multiple units and a whole series of diffusion tools to match various situations…
The professional wedding photographer is much more than the person behind the camera! With the digital revolution in full swing, anyone can take a picture. The professional is there to record the usual and customary, the spontaneous, and create the artful photographs that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Every time I am hired to shoot a wedding, I will create a timeline for the big day. As the photographer I have learned through trial and error how difficult it can be to think and change gears when things go wrong if I never had a plan A to begin with!
You might think having a timeline hinders spontaneity, however I would argue that having a clear plan frees my mind up so that I am able to focus on creativity instead of, “when are we going to get the family group shots that the bride vaguely mentioned she might want?” Knowing the full picture of what I will be doing at each stage of the wedding day helps me in making sure I have a well rounded photographic representation of the wedding day. So where do you begin to create a timeline?