This is my first attempt at putting pen to paper and writing my first blog – I hope it is OK as my creative juices tend to flow through my pictures, not through the pen.
Below are the 12 personal hints and tips when photographing a wedding:
- With a few months to go before the wedding date itself I like to meet the bride and groom and family members in person to form a friendly relationship with them to discuss their hopes and expectations and needs.
- Research all of the venues that will be used during the wedding day including the bride and grooms’ houses for the ‘getting ready’ phase of the day, the church and the reception venue. I research locations to find the best back grounds in each venue with the best natural casting light to work with.
- I also speak to the management a reception venue, with the religious leaders on relevant rules and regulations and with the videographer if there is one.
The Week Before
- I keep an eye on the weather a week before and the possible change in the days leading up to the big day to ensure I know where to take photographs if it is raining, snowing or icy.
- 2 days before the wedding day I check, test and make sure all the equipment I will be using is working with no problems. This gives me time to repair and replace any issues find.
On The Day
- On the wedding day I have breakfast and to head to the 1st venue with at least 2 hours to spare taking time for traffic and possible breakdown so you are relaxed and not flustered to start.
- If you are a single shooter start with the bride her family and the pre-preparation.
Then travel to continue the same with the groom.
- Save all your taken images and back them up immediately on at least 2 separate devises.
- Arrive at the church in good time to shoot the waiting guests and the groom socialising and the bridal party’s arrival.
- Capture everything that is physically possible laughter, tears, jokes and punchlines as well as the key moments during the ceremony removing the digital memory cards every hour to save and back up on the laptop or devise you have with you continuing to shoot while this is happening so you don’t miss a single moment if possible.
- Eat and drink when possible during the entire event whilst you are working.
- When the event has finished carefully travel home without falling asleep!! and yet again save and back up all memory cards on separate devises and then finally rest.
The next day I wake up with a large supply of coffee and a smile and make yourself comfortable for the next 3 days to edit.
I am a professional photographer based in Reigate in Surrey. Please feel free to check out my wedding gallery