Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 2

August 25, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 8 Comments |
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Preparation, the morning of the wedding and the bride's arrival

Preparing for a wedding shoots starts many months before the event. Make sure your equipment is ready for action and functioning correctly, look after your kit and it will look after you!

If possible have a second camera and make sure that it is ready to be used if required. Service and look after your equipment frequently as it is fundamental to the success of capturing beautiful images. If your equipment is working well, you will work well and be able to focus your complete attention on the bride and groom, and capturing their big day.

Annabel's routine hasn't changed in over 20 years. The day before every single shoot she does she empties her whole camera bag, checking everything and places each piece of equipment back in her bag carefully thinking about the next day and what she might need, what spare equipment to pack, just in case, hoping the 'just in case' never actually happens.

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 2

Information

From the moment that you book a wedding, start to create a pack, as we do, which contains details of every conversation you have ever had with the couple. Re-read the information in the run up to the big day, start to look at the wedding through the clients eyes, think about the location, think about the type of wedding images they have asked for contemplating the wedding ahead.

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 2

Location

If the wedding is over an hour away always travel to the location the night before, as you never know and the last thing you ever want on a wedding day is to be late or stressed. Annabel never goes out the night before, nothing is on her mind other than the wedding ahead. If a wedding is based in two locations, travel to both the night before so you are familiar with the route. Plan where you might park the car at the church as you need a quick get-away to the reception in order to capture the images of the bride and groom arriving. Your goal is to be right behind the wedding car, to greet the happy couple as they arrive at the venue.

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#1 Joe Smokie

Very good info. While I am more of a videographer the advice still applies. Especially emptying out your bags and checking to see if you have everything. One of the worse feelings in the world is realizing that you left your extra set of batteries or your charger 20 miles away. Or your memory card reads FULL in the middle of the wedding.

12:42 pm - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

#2 Shaun Boyte

Great information - I am not sure I would spend the night for an hours drive, but I understand the concept and completely agree to make sure you leave a half hour or so before Google Maps tells you too, incase anything along the way happens.  It incredible what a half an hour will do if you arrive early in regards to being able to take a peek around before you need to ‘be on’.

12:32 am - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

#3 Wedding Photographer Perth

Great article, I’m sure a lot of aspiring wedding photographers will appreciate the information in the series. I would recommend that before they shoot their first wedding they go to a wedding as a professional wedding photographers assistant to get some experience and a feel for what it really takes.

4:09 am - Friday, August 28, 2009

#4 aga

It’s informative article, for wedding we can get alotof bautiful picture…from the activity, decoration or food.

8:33 am - Friday, August 28, 2009

#5 ottawa wedding photographer

Another way to learn is to observe photographers in action at a friends wedding.  And you also try to shoot your own creative shots at a wedding.  Finally, you can ask friends to recreate a mock wedding and practice your poses before the big day.  This will help things go much smoother.  But in the end, nothing beats experience, so don’t give up!

3:46 pm - Sunday, August 30, 2009

#6 Carin van den Bergh

Thanx for the info, it is very much needed for I am about to enter the Wedding Photographers’ world with no experience what so ever.

6:19 pm - Friday, September 4, 2009

#7 DC Photographic

Great Article!
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11:29 pm - Thursday, September 17, 2009

#8 Ottawa wedding photographer

Wonderful post. A picture is worth than thousands words. Photography is indeed the best way to express your feelings and depicts the era. Ottawa wedding photographer

6:18 pm - Saturday, March 8, 2014