Covering a wedding is a huge deal. There are so many different variables at play. A wedding is an extremely emotionally charged event and what you need to understand is the fact that being appointed or hired as the official Seattle wedding photographer, be it professionally or just as a favor for friends and family, comes along with quite a lot of responsibilities and risks. You need to have more than just a few tricks up your sleeves but more than that, you need to be practical and set realistic goals both for yourself and for the couple you are covering the wedding for. Always keep in mind that they have entrusted you to document the most meaningful and binding event in their lives. It is something that they will eventually look back on even years after the said event has happened.
Always look out for architectural lines
Strong architectural lines look really awesome on wedding photos. This is particularly the reason why you need to be able to scout the location ahead of time so that you will be able to plan your shots ahead of time and so that you will have everything down pat once the wedding day is actually in full swing. Architectural lines look great because they look classic and bring in a really strong foundation for as far as framing the couple is concerned.
Play with the camera tilt
You don’t always have to be trapped with shooting the images in upgright positions such as portrait or landscape formats. Tilting brings in a fresh new perspective and an undertone of motion which is always exciting in wedding photography. Be creative and work with your guts. You will eventually get a pulse for this and the more you get to practice, the more this will feel like second nature to you.
Always pay attention to detail
You may not know this yet but your clients actually notice the littlest things that you put into the details. That is because it usually translates towards the images that you put out. Be keen in looking out for photo opportunities like these. The guests and even the couple may not feel it is an important shot right off the bat but once the event is offer and done with, they see this shot you took of a wedding detail so small, like the design of the name cards on the tables, for example; and everything will come flooding back to them – memories and whatnot. Talk about delayed gratification.
Make friends and always expand your network of connections
Believe it or now, the key to thriving in the business of wedding photography is to always tap into your connections. So make friends with everyone in charge of bringing the wedding event together. Chat with the florists. Make friends with the wedding event planner. Make small talk with the caterers. Strike up a funny conversation with the venue hosts or even the masters of ceremony. This will usually tip you off if there are any up and coming events which may eventually translate into you getting another client and another wedding gig for your wedding photography business.