Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

November 4, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 15 Comments | |
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Make those magical moments last for your bride and groom - select a track of music, perhaps something of your choice, or use the first dance track the couple selected on their wedding day, as this is a really nice touch. As you are informally chatting and catching up on gossip and news, we would set up the projector screen and sales tools (prints etc) not forgetting the box of tissues!

Tears of joy often flow, for you and the client. With any music, always listen to the words first! Play through the images sit back, listen and watch and enjoy the moment yourself too.

Make note of what they are saying, and actively listen, as they will give you clues all the time, to the images of real significance.

Take the client through the image selection process with a goal to achieve the ultimate album.

We have worked with Queensbury for many, many years.  If you are not familiar, treat yourself and go and look at their website, very inspirational!

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

In the early stages of your career you can gain a great deal from looking at images, within albums, the flow of images, style and structure. Take time out often to do this as it can be so very rewarding.  For me it is all about the client and the process you take them through, keep it simple and focus on the client, they should select with you tapping into your expertise with regard to images selected and the range of images. Once you are all comfortable, talk through the design concept and which images are significant.

Be bold - take full credit card payment and make this a golden rule.  It will make all the difference for cash flow and enable the business to function effectively. Don’t be tempted to alter the rules as it is the cash flow rules that keep you business afloat. Having credit card payment options will make all the difference to you and the client!

And finally ensure you allocate the right level of design time as these are the best moments, where the fun starts, the joy of designing a album. Give yourself time, as it cannot be rushed and it the most visual statement you business will have.

It is what people will book you from in the future. It is such an important reference point of why the client booked you in the first place. Imagine how many people the bride is going to share the album with, from best friends, to girl friends, work and family. This is a brilliant advert for your ability. So the design time you give yourself is so very important.

Wedding Photography for Beginners - Part 4

To keep the momentum going take time to design a nice card, while the album is being produced as this might take up to eight weeks. Sending the client a nice card incorporating an image from their selection will naturally have pride of place. This will also reassure the client that their beautiful album is on its way.

As soon as you know the albums completion date, inform the client and arrange a delivery date and time. Wherever possible, deliver the album personally as I clients really value your presence and indeed it is your big moment - your moment to shine, listen and learn from the client’s feedback.

This is important for your own development and progress, as a photographer. It will make a real difference on many levels.


Catherine Connor is Annabel Williams' business partner, and MD of Contemporary Photographic Training. Catherine's meteoric rise in the often chaotic, always exciting photographic environment comes from an unusual springboard grounded in the world of international corporate management. Her infectious energy never fails to motivate those around her, and equips her with an organic understanding of market direction, fashion trends and lifestyle management.

Catherine is first and foremost a people person; her unique sense of fun, determination to succeed and boundless commitment to her industry make her a born mentor, allowing her to impart to all delegates a wealth of skills and knowledge pitched perfectly at achieving the vital balance of confident ability and self-worth.

It is Catherine's passion for her subject that makes learning from her a pleasure, which her students can then take forward, and are able to apply so effectively to enhance their skills.

All images in this article © Annabel Williams

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#1 Bill

I suppose that photo of the young bride putting on her earrings is supposed to be good?  Artistic?  Apparently, I’m no artist.  The bride just looks like she’s been shoved into the corner.  The photographer is far too intent on positioning her face in the 3rd’s crosshairs.  If these were my wedding photos, I’d be pissed.

Sorry, but 2/3rd’s of a frame of nothing isn’t appealing to me.

5:31 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#2 Tony Dimartes

Hi Bill - you’re an idiot.



6:26 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#3 Sean Fraser


I found this to be really interesting, especially the presentation.  I’m only a sole trader with very little presentational kit options.  I don’t even have a projector!

However, saying that I completely agree with the point about putting the customer first - I baked a cake from scratch for my last wedding couple; a special touch as they’d baked their own wedding cake too.

I appreciate that not everyone likes the same style but I really do like the bride at the top of the page; it’s also the kind of contemporary shot that brides are looking for.

9:07 pm - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#4 Bridal Betty

I would say that the most important thing would be to communicate with the couple who are getting married and make sure you know exactly what they want in their photographs and try to give it to them.

1:04 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#5 Richard

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1:06 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#6 miami wedding photographer

this is really funny!

1:22 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#7 Bill

“Tony Dimartes

Hi Bill - you’re an idiot.
Tony. “

Perhaps.  Thanks for the free medical opinion. 

It’s still a matter of knowing what I like, and I think that picture is weak.  Perhaps if the model were moved a little further left.  Maybe at the 40% mark instead of 33%.

I do see what the photographer was trying to do - model gazing off into the distance (empty area of the photo), perhaps contemplating her new life.  I just don’t really like the composition.  So if that makes me an idiot, then I’m an idiot.  I can live with that.

2:19 pm - Thursday, November 5, 2009

#8 r4 card

The photographer is far too intent on positioning her face in the 3rd’s crosshairs.  If these were my wedding photos, I’d be pissed.

6:25 am - Saturday, November 7, 2009

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8:44 am - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

#10 photos de mariage originales

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7:04 am - Thursday, July 8, 2010

#11 Jay Rowden - Photographer

Hi Tony
I really like what you’re doing here.
It’s really nice for someone to actually give something back for once, instead of the usual take/take/take.

Thank you so much for sharing.

I would like to give back more too!

And for what it’s worth, anything related to the arts is wholly arbitrary and extremely subjective. So when one person says, “I don’t like the composition”, there will be always be someone else who’ll stand up and say “I really the composition”. Okay so there’s the rule of thirds etc but in the end, the creative arts is a wholly subjective process and if you think it’s great, the client thinks its great, then who cares what anyone thinks. Does that make sense?

Keep up the good work. You’re a great guy for your altruism.

Jay Rowden

9:07 pm - Sunday, September 19, 2010

#12 Santa Barbara Wedding

Hi I really like your post..Nice pic..I am fond of photography and always search for the pics related to wedding..Can I see more of your pics?

8:49 am - Saturday, October 30, 2010

#13 Berkshire Wedding Photography

Bill is being a bit harsh here.  The photo is OK, but the issue is with the vignetting.  Such heavy vignetting on a plain background is a little off-putting to me.

Still a very good piece.  Keep up the good work


7:26 pm - Monday, January 3, 2011

#14 Greyeye Wedding Photography Yorkshire

Some good pointers here, wish I had things like this when I first started out.

4:54 pm - Friday, February 18, 2011

#15 Wedding Photographer in Kent

Made it all the way to the end!
Thanks - great article and some useful tips for a new wedding photographer

8:25 pm - Wednesday, April 6, 2011