If you are about to shoot your first wedding, it can be an extremely daunting time, to say the least. I’ve now got around 10 years of experience of wedding photography, and still get a little nervous to be honest.
But I’ve built up a system and learnt a lot of lessons, sometimes the hard way, to make things run a lot more smoothly that when I first started. Here’s a list of some of the key wedding photography tips I swear by.
1. Be prepared. Have a list of all the important people to take with you on the day, so you know who’s who and to make sure you don’t miss out any of the wedding party. A list of group photographs, agreed with the bride and groom before the day, is also a must. The groups can be hard enough to organize at the best of times, but without some planning chaos will likely ensue.
2. Get your kit right. Have a least two camera bodies in case one breaks, and the same goes for your lenses and flashes. Spare batteries and memory cards are a must to. A good lens is probably even more important than the camera body, and as far as the best lens for wedding photography goes, my firm favorite is the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM. It’s part of Canon’s L series so isn’t cheap, but it’s build quality and the quality of the image is fantastic.
It has an image stabilizer to help you cope with low light conditions, and it’s long focal length will allow you to get some great shots of the couple without getting too close to them and destroying an intimate moment. So will also need a wide angle lens though, for the group shots and other photographs where you want to include more of the location.
3. Be as friendly, not over-friendly though, courteous and charming. Don’t be bossy, even if it means you miss one or two shots during the day. If you get the guests on your side, they’re much more likely to laugh and smile when you’re around, and that’s half the battle won right there.