We got our wedding photos a couple weeks ago and that sparked a blog idea! You all met our wedding photographer a month ago when I talked about her in A Big Thank You! and gave you a list of questions you should ask your photographer. This week I thought I would share with you some of my favorite photos as well as some wedding photography tips!
Create a Shot List
- One of the most helpful tips I can pass on is to ask the couple to think ahead about the shots that they would like and compile a list. There’s nothing worse then getting photos back and realizing that you wished that you didn’t get a photograph with grandma.
- Go over the list with the couple! Get together with the couple over coffee and go through the list making any notes on what the couple sounds excited about. This will also give you some time with the couple and get to know them before the big day.
Family Photo Coordinator
- As the photographer, you never know the family dynamic at play. So ask the couple to nominate a family member for each side of the family who can be the director of the shoot. They can round everyone up when it is time, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.
Scout the Location
- If possible, visit the locations of the venue that you will be shooting before the big day. I find it most helpful to know where we are going, and get an idea of positions for shots and know how the light might come into play.
- For my wedding, the location was an hour away from the photographer so I sent her pictures of different areas on the property at different times of the day.
- Don’t forget to turn off the sound on your camera. Beeps during speeches, the kiss or vows won’t add to the event.
- Remember to shoot the rings, dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus.
- I did a lot of the little details myself, so it meant a lot that the photographer got photographs of all of the little things.
Use Two Cameras
- This will make using multiple lenses much easier. Shooting with a wide angle lens (great for candids) and a long lens.
- If you can, hire a second photographer. For you, this will allow for less moving around during the ceremony and speeches. It takes a little pressure off of you being the one to have to get every shot.
- One of the challenges of weddings is that there people everywhere, including the backgrounds of your shots.
- Scope out an area where they’ll be taken ahead of time with good backgrounds. Uncluttered and shaded.
Change your Perspective
- Get creative with your shots. Mix things up by taking shots from up high, down low, and wide angles.
Continuous Shooting Mode
- Shooting a lot of images fast can be very handy. Sometimes it’s the shot you take a second after the posed shot is when everyone is relaxed. So switch your camera to continuous shooting mode.
- Weddings are about celebrating, they should be fun. The more fun you have as the photographer the more relaxed those you are photographing will be.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog, and if you have any tips for wedding photography I would love to hear them! Email, comment below or private message me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AudreyElisabethPhotography