Carrie Upshaw

Wedding Photo Tips For Beginners

It can be challenging for beginners to have their first weddings without a hitch. It’s important to prepare properly to ensure everything is captured in the photos. Here we will discuss wedding photo tips for beginners, to help photograph weddings more smoothly.

Wedding Photo Tips For Beginners - How to Communicate with Your Clients

Use a Contract

A contract is essential regardless of the person you are doing business with. Make it the first priority by either writing one yourself, or downloading a template over the internet. The contract will help you move at the same pace as your client while protecting your business interests. Your contract should include personal details, number of hours, expenses among other logistics.

Dress Properly

Remember to put on comfortable shoes when planning on what to wear for photographing. Ensure the shoes allows for space to make you at ease. Also, they should not produce unnecessary noise especially when moving during the ceremony. This can end up embarrassing you thus ruining the special day. Also, dress like any other guest at the wedding. You are likely to take photos and videos with the guests during the ceremony. To blend perfectly into their background, you should try black attires.

Pack Snacks

A wedding ceremony will take almost the whole day. For such reason, you need to stay hydrated all day. Carry along sports water to help you stay energized. Don’t forget to pack simple snacks such as protein bars to keep you energized for the better part of the day.

Bring Extras

The key to wedding photography is proper planning. This means taking into consideration of emergency factors which may end up spoiling your special day. Ensure you carry a pack up a gear to help fix when the unexpected happens. If you can’t afford one, consider renting or borrowing from a friend. In addition, ensure you know how to use the gear prior to the event. It's impossible to wind back the big day so get prepared with spare camera lenses, batteries, memory cards among other gears.

Know Your Equipment

Things can go wrong even for the most prepared weddings. For instance, you are expecting normal weather for your shooting but Mother Nature disrupts your intentions. Also, a wedding event can extend more than expected. This will ruin the background you expect to shoot and you are likely to do it at night. How can you manage such obstacles? All you need are lenses and a good understanding of how to use them.

Get a List

Getting a shortlist from your client will ensure you capture the most important occasions. You need to have the list and timeline before the wedding event. It's both in your clients’ interests to keep a record of all guests expected at the event as well as all valuable items. In addition to that, a timeline will provide you with the time intervals required to capture every event.

Bottom Line

It's normal to feel a little bit anxious before your first time photographing a wedding. However, it's important to remember you are offering the best of your knowledge to make the big day memorable. The above wedding photo tips for beginners are here to help you along the way.

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