If you’re having a go at being a photographer for a wedding for the first time, it can be a daunting experience. The life-long memories of that couple will be in your hands. Here are some great tips for getting the best photos on your first wedding shoot.
- Establish expectations
Whether you are friends with the couple or are stepping in last minute because a professional has fallen ill, it’s essential that you clarify with the couple what you’re capable of and that it won’t be as high quality or of a breadth that a pro could offer. This can help iron out any issues ahead of time, avoid disappointment and might even let you exceed expectations and nicely surprise them.
- Visit the location
Receptions can be held in countless different venues and visiting it beforehand can help you get an idea on light levels and possible photo opportunities. Visit the website for the location and take a look at what other photographers have done with the venue and you’ll probably get some great inspiration. A photographer with a great deal experience in reading a venue is Luxury Wedding Photographer, Nick Rutter.
- Understand the schedule
You need to be in the right place at the right time to capture those special moments. Most couples like to do something unique and out of the ordinary on their big day, so make sure you know the schedule for the day, so you don’t miss a thing.
- Be weather-prepared
Rain doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If the forecast looks dodgy, then just be prepared. Take some umbrellas, to cover your camera and the couple and try to get some sweet ‘caught in the rain’ shots like a Luxury Wedding Photographer.
- Have a pre-prepared shot list
It’s easy to get distracted and bombarded with requests when the big day arrives, so it pays to have an intended shot list that you share with the couple ahead of the day. They can then make any requests of shots that they really want. Remember the important people – the couple, their immediate family, bridesmaids, best man/men, close friends etc. If time gets tight, you might need to politely decline the shots of distant cousins and dog walkers!
- Remember the little things
Some of the most treasured memories for the happy couple are the small details that made up the bigger picture. Don’t forget to take shots of things like place settings, the fine details on the dress, the flowers, table decorations, rings, the menu and the wedding cake.
- Group shots
It’s customary to get all the guests together after the ceremony for a light-hearted group shot in one single picture. So, how on earth do you fit them all in? The secret is to go high as that way you’ll get everyone’s faces if you’re angled downwards. It’s not unusual to see a photographer hanging out of a top floor window, climbing a tree or taking a step ladder with them. Just stay safe while you get high to capture that great shot.