Taking photographs at a wedding can be very stressful and quite difficult, especially if you are a first time or amateur wedding photographer. However, you must start somewhere, and to do that, you will have a first wedding. Taking “wedding photographs” is a science and an art all rolled into one. You will have only a moment to catch a special exchange, so you must always be prepared to shoot. The professionals at wedding photography Melbourne know that there are enough wedding photography tips out there to fill volumes. However, there are a few key tips that you must always keep in mind as the photographer.
1) Get a shot list.
The bride and groom will want certain shots, you must get a list and be sure to capture those moments. A list of shots will help an amateur keep up with what needs to be done instead of trying to remember it. You can go over a shot list that you already have or review the list provided to you by the bride and groom. You can also get other shots that may not be on the list.
2) Check your equipment.
A few days before the wedding, take the time to check out your equipment- especially if you are the only photographer. You don’t want your equipment to fail and miss an important shot. So, check your equipment a few days before and again the night before and again the morning of. Yes, it sounds like overkill- but it’s not. If possible, take a backup camera with you, just in case.
3) Check out the venue
Take some time a day or so before the wedding to check out and familiarize yourself with the venues. This will help you to know what to expect and to prepare for every possible scenario. If the bride and groom are available to do a walk through the day before, even better. You should also attend the rehearsal so that you can figure out the best locations in the ceremony venue for the best shots.
4) Make sure that you shoot the details of the wedding
In addition to the shot list, and the candid photos, you will want to cover the details of the wedding. Take photos of the place settings, the flowers, the shoes and jewelry of the bridesmaids, the hairstyles, champagne glasses, and more. Pay attention to the little things.
There are many more tips you will need to know as a wedding photographer. These are a few of the primary ones.