It is your first day today as a professional photographer and your first project is covering a wedding. Everybody is nervous, emotions are growing high and everyone is looking forward to a successful wedding. As a wedding photo taker, you wouldn’t want the bride and groom and their family and friends to get disappointed with the wedding pictures you took. This is a memorable event and they would want to later see amazing wedding photos and be able to store these for a long time.
Wedding occasion is not just an ordinary celebration. It is not like a birthday that you celebrate every year. It is a bigger and additional important occasion. This means that you ought to really be ready for your wedding job specially if it is your very first project.
Below are some important steps you should take when covering you first wedding project
The Wedding Preparation
Your first day of work doesn't start at the wedding day but instead it will usually start weeks or even months before that. As soon as the couple fixed their mind to employ you, make sure that you have a binding contract where all parties signed in.
Also, it would be ideal to have a chat with the couple to discuss to them their targets, ideas and most especially to know them. It is very crucial that the wedding couple feel relaxed when you are around taking shots.
Be sure to determine their personalities so you will know what they like and hate especially when it comes to the finished images.
The Wedding Site
Travelling to the wedding location is another critical thing that you should consider doing. It is like setting up for a battle wherein you need a map to know the directions as well as the local spots in the wedding venue. Exploring at the place could help you contemplate the wedding and know where to position your camera to shoot magnificent wedding snap shots.
In addition to that, it wouldn’t hurt if you would do some study on wedding photography since it is your 1st project. You need to get as many tips, ideas and information as you can. Searching the net would surely help you.
The Wedding Photography Gears
The most essential thing that you will need to do a week prior to the occasion is to test your equipment and ensure that you have a back up of everything from cameras, flash, batteries, lights, memory cards, etc.
The Actual Wedding
Congratulations! Now that you are at the venue always start your shots outdoor. Create a dramatic event and don’t forget to check your white balance. Most indoor areas have low light so you need to manipulate your camera settings when you transfer from outdoors to indoors.
If you are inside the church it would be best to find out the restricted location so you will know where you can position yourself. It is also helpful to have an helper to carry some of the equipment and of course take shots using the camera if he is skilled in using one.
Focus on your work and do try to get natural image of the guests’ emotions instead of creating scenes to make it look natural. Also try to take plenty of pictures prior to and throughout the wedding party. The family and friends will like to see their faces in the photographs once you have finished processing the captured shots.
Right after the Wedding
Examine and work on the photos as fast as possible since everyone would surely be expecting for the pictures to return and most especially if there is an predetermined time frame in the contract you signed.
Pay attention to everything that you have done and think on some advancements that you can do better on your next wedding project. All weddings are equally significant so as a photographer you ought to be ready always.