How To Prepare For A Wedding
How To Prepare For A Wedding
Here at Weddit, we've spoken about preparation when it comes to photographing a wedding before and most recently in our previous post where we discussed Tips For The Amateur Wedding Photographer. No matter if you have years of experience with photography or you're just starting out in the field, wedding preparation is key and that didn't become a saying for no reason now did it? Shooting a wedding is a lot of pressure. But with thorough preparation, your nerves will go away, at least a little. More importantly, you’ll be set up for a successful shoot, so you can relax and do what you do best...which is to take beautiful photographs. In this post you'll learn how to prepare the wedding which you've been hired to photograph. This will ensure that the day flows smoothly and will majorly decrease the chances of nasty surprises or mistakes being made. Sounds good right? Carry on reading to hear our tips!
Tip #1: The Couple’s Style – This is undoubtedly one of the first things that you should do as a photographer. Your job involves more than just capturing the events of the wedding day. You must have the ability to do so in the style that signifies the bridal couple. Are they traditionalists? Are they contemporary? Do they want coloured images, monochrome or sepia? If they aren’t sure what route they'd like their images to go down, take the time to go through a wedding magazine with them to find inspiration that matches their personal style. Once you know what they are expecting stylistically, you can begin to capture just that!
Tip #2: Do Your Research – Visit local book stores, go online or even ask for the guidance of a fellow but well experienced photographer for information to walk you through the wedding preparation experience. Knowing what to expect is half of the battle, especially if this is your first time capturing a wedding on screen. You'll have your work cut out for you, so don't go into the job blindfolded.
Tip #3: Create A Schedule With The Bride - It might not be a bad idea to arrange a pre-wedding meeting with the Bride to plan out a 15-minute schedule of the wedding shoot. This should include wedding preparations, Bridal portraits, Bride and Bridesmaid portraits, as well as the Groom and his Groomsmen being included. The full wedding party e.g. the family portraits, and the Bride and Groom should be considered. If you aren’t experienced at photographing weddings, it would be ideal to plan for extra time so that you won’t be rushed or distracted by the time pressures on the day. Pressure is avoidable and it's a disaster if you end up forgetting to shoot something/ abandoning an idea because you've run out of time within your schedule for the event.
Tip #4: Triple Check Your Equipment - Be sure to test the equipment in your camera bag before the big day, the last thing that you should do is leave anything to chance where gadgets are concerned. As a photographer trying to make it in their profession, you should have a fair amount of knowledge in your area and know your personal equipment inside out. Just in case, you should always have spares and backups ready. For example, carry extra batteries and bring different lens adjustments for the variable settings at the wedding venue. It might also be beneficial for you to
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recruit an assistant to help you carry your equipment if there is a lot of it and for something as substantial as shooting a wedding, there usually is a fair amount of equipment to consider when it's done professionally.
Tip #5: Finalize At The Last Minute – Now be careful with this one, because the last thing you want to do is stress the Bride out the day before her wedding. When you either call or ask to meet up with the Bride or Bride and Groom, make sure that it doesn't come across as though you have no idea what you're doing and you are asking for further instruction. It may not even be necessary to ask if the plan has changed or if there are any updates. Just get in touch and check in, reassure whoever you are speaking to that you're all ready to go and if any information needs to be passed on to you as a result of a last-minute change or preference, that would prompt conversation without raising doubts on their end of your capabilities as their photographer. If there are no changes to speak of, just wish them well and let them know that you'll see them on the big day. A dilemma taken care of! It's recommended to do this the day before the wedding. Not any time before or after. Too early on still leaves room for changes and too late gives you next to little or no time to make amends to your schedule or plans. If you time this well, your wedding preparations will flow smoothly.
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