Wedding Photography: the first-timer’s guide to getting it right

Reportage wedding photography tips

Shooting wedding photography for the first time is an exciting, but nerve-wracking experience. This guide is designed to help you avoid the pitfalls and produce images that the bride and groom will love.

Wedding photography for first timers: 01 Don’t underestimate the task

Wedding Photography: the first-timer's guide to getting it right

At some point every photographer gets asked if they will shoot a wedding and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.

It’s important to give serious consideration to whether you have the requisite skill and equipment.

Friends and family maybe convinced that you’re up to the job because you’ve got a much bigger camera than they have, but only you know if you’re actually good enough. If you’re uncertain, explain your misgivings and decline.

You could always offer to take extra shots to back-up what the pro that they  eventually hire takes and use it as an opportunity to hone your skills.

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Wedding photography for first timers: 02 Meet the bride and groom

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It’s essential to meet the bride and groom in advance of the wedding to discuss the type of images that they are looking for.

This is not the time to go out of your comfort zone, so if they suggest a style or look that you are not completely confident in delivering, suggest that they find someone who is.

It can be helpful to browse through wedding photographs to help the couple decide what they want and agree your approach.

Make sure that you get a list of all the key guests that they want to be photographed and agree groupings.

Also ask them to suggest one or two people who will help you with finding people and organising the groups and make sure that you have their contact details so you can discuss everything before the big day.

Wedding photography for first timers: Don’t underestimate the task; Meet the bride & groom
Wedding photography for first timers: Agree your service and price; List the shots
Wedding photography for first timers: Recce the venue; Double-up on kit
Wedding photography for first timers: Clean, charge, format; Enlist an usher
Wedding photography for first timers: Expose with care; Shoot raw; Don’t forget details

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