Knowing how to photograph your first wedding can be a nerve-wracking experience as well as a steep learning curve. The reality is, every photographer gets asked to shoot a wedding at some point and if you’re competent and confident in controlling your camera, it can be a rewarding experience – in more ways than one.
However, the stakes are very high, and you don’t want to mess-up on the bride and groom’s big day. To help out, our friends at the photo management blog Photoventure have put together a few tips to set you on the right path.
1. Talk it through
The bride and groom have usually been planning their wedding for months and have a clear idea about how they want it to look as well as the photographs that they want.
Have a meeting with them to discuss their expectations and the style of photography that they’d like.
Show them some examples of your work, or styles you could adopt, to help them decide.
Make sure you’re clear about whether they want colour or monochrome images or a mixture of the two with a few duotones thrown in for good measure.
Before you leave make sure that they are clear about what you are going to shoot and what they will receive.
Be specific about print numbers, sizes and cost etc and make sure that everything is in writing.
Also, ask the bride and groom to nominate one or two people to help you organise the group shots on the big day. Ideally this should be someone who knows the family.
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