If you’re a photographer and it’s your first time to shoot a wedding, there’s a good 9 out of 10 chances that you’re probably freaking out by now. The fear of the unknown is the worst. Even more so, you have no idea what actually transpires during that said event from the perspective of the photographer since it is your first time to do it. However, as with all things, we try to supply you with the basics to help you through the situation a bit. A good foundation and a few tips from the pros never hurt anyone, particularly those who are just starting.
So read on and try to keep mental notes of the things listed here and you should be just fine when you prep up for your very first wedding photography client. It always helps to have someone sort of walk you through and hold your hand all throughout the first few steps of your wedding photography challenge, after all.
The thing with weddings and shooting them is that you are being tasked to document one of the most important days of their lives. Paid or not, that alone should be reason enough for you be bring you’re a game on and put your best food forward.
Come armed and prepare
Prepping your gear, knowing how all the elements work, and basically upgrading to the most competitive gear out there is one of the best first steps you can ever take as you delve into wedding photography. Make sure you are aware of and know how to use all the settings and work out all of the options readily available to you. This is the only way for you to be able to manipulate the gear to work to your advantage.
Familiarize yourself with the venue
Knowing the location like the back of your hand and familiarizing yourself well in advance gives you the advantage of knowing where the good photo op spots are. You also tend to know about where the light goes in and you get to play with it to make your photos look amazing. This is particularly helpful if you need to choreograph the photos and actually provide directions for the poses.
Come up with a task list
This sounds arcane and traditional but only because it works and has been followed by so many people under different industries and fields, not just photography. This will give you laser like focus and a bit of a guide on what to do first, then next. It will also make sure that you don’t leave anything out. Eventually, you’ll be able to commit this to memory and it will feel as if muscle memory can save the day for you but if you’re just starting out, an actual physical list is your savior.
Consider an on-the-job training
This is something you don’t have to do for a long time but before you start taking in clients of your own, try to pair up with a more established wedding photographer and offer to assist. This will get your feet wet for when you are shooting your own client. Experience is the best teacher, after all. So get out there and bask in the experience.
Practice makes perfect
This may sound odd but a fake wedding isn’t actually such a bad idea. Suggest a group project with your friends. Bring your friends together for a fake wedding photo shoot. This will give you ideas on how to stage the photos, how to visualize it, and how to actually capture it in such a way that it transfers just so on the images.