There are many things to look out for if we want everything going well at a wedding. Each event is unrepeatable in Wedding Photography; hence the importance of being prepared and being aware of every detail that will arise spontaneously.

If you are a professional photographer and the photos you will take have a price, be sure to reach an agreement with the couple; in addition to set up the style of photos they want; if they want them natural, formal, spontaneous, or a combination of both. Meeting with the bride and groom is essential to reach to these agreements, to know them better and to feel comfortable during the photo reportage.

In this article, you will find a series of tips that will guide you when you go to photograph a wedding. Whether you are the professional family photographer or the known friend by the happy pair having the best camera; this guide will always serve you.

The Importance Of Capturing The Moment In Wedding Photography

The most important thing about a wedding is all the feelings stand out; both, in the bride and the groom, as in each of the attendees to the event. After all, that is what we want to transmit, and that will last in our images.

Don’t let the emotional moments pass away. Even in the simplest situations, you can find a strong emotion dose.

Creativity is a key element. You can inspire yourself by Seeing Works By Other Photographers, By Touring A Visual Gallery On Tumblr Or Pinterest Dashboards. However, don’t limit you only to see them. Analyze each photograph and try knowing what technique was used to achieve it or if there is any other that could improve it.

Knowing about the different photography techniques will help you a lot, as well as giving you the capability of moving through different styles: portrait, documentary, photojournalism, social photography, etc. They will provide you tools to capture different perspectives and the each image essence.

The Steps Of The Wedding Photography Ceremony

Sometimes the couple will invite the photographer to their house so that the images begin to tell the story from the very moment they are preparing for. To capture those nerves and the excitement of the wedding preparations, more intimate photographs, in which you must try to reflect that essence in your images.

Don’t forget that all looks will be centered on bride and groom at all times. Avoid distractions such as decorations or pictures inside the house. Instead, you can take advantage of mirrors or windows. In each new space, you will have many elements to unleash the imagination and use them as scenery.

Every Detail Counts When We Talk About Wedding Photography

Also, consider that the ceremony begins outside the church with the expectation of the bride. Then there will be the entrance, the blessing, the kiss, every ceremony step. Be sure to place yourself in strategic positions so you can take each moment in a perfect way. Go to the church first to see the place. Consider that you will have the lighting obstacle since within church it is usually limited. Open the diaphragm, choose a subtly high ISO sensitivity and use the external flash for better lighting in your photographs.

Already in the party room and especially in the tabletop shots, it is best to use the external flash by bouncing it on the ceiling, so it won’t stick directly to the guests. And above all, don’t forget the little details, the bride and groom have spent a lot of time planning each tiny detail; the rings, the main table, the centerpieces, the signatures book, the invitations, the bouquet, the cake, the souvenirs, the first dance, the toast, the room atmosphere. The bride and groom will be happy to have a memory of every detail.

Lighting In Wedding Photography

A single word: planning. Get organized and tidy up what you want to do. What kind of photos are you going to make, sets the scenarios you want to use. Come to the venue at the party time and make tests. Pay attention to the lighting you will have. Make a list of all the equipment you are going to use, as well as the main shots and space where you would like to capture them.

Take Charge Of Your Equipment:
  • Be sure your camera is loaded.
  • Carry extra batteries.
  • Enough memory: from 2 to 4 SD cards of several GB.
  • If you have two cameras, carry them with a different lens on each body.
  • Always carry the external flash with your TTL cable.
  • Set the camera before going out, use a single focus point.
  • Synchronize date and time on your cameras.
  • Be sure the photos are in the RAW format, this will make editing easier.

If the wedding takes place in the afternoon or at evening, use lens with a wide opening diaphragm. This will balance the lack of light. Use the manual or semiautomatic mode and raise the sensitivity between ISO100/ISO400 without exceeding those limits to prevent photos from coming out with noise.

On the other hand, when the lighting conditions are not those excellent, use your external flash; will give realism and emboss to your photos. Also, be sure your white balance is in automatic mode, so you don’t have to configure it every time you want to change the scenario.

If the wedding day is sunny, you should look for the angle where the sun causes oblique backlighting. The outdoor fill flash will be used when the sun is high, thus eliminating clutter shadows. When it comes to outdoor lighting, there is nothing where the flash light can bounce. It will be better to put the flash diffuser pointing forward, which will help to soften its intensity.

The So Famous “Trash The Dress” Of Wedding Photography

To conclude, it is worth mentioning the famous pre-wedding and post-wedding sections where you can perform the “trash the dress” so popular. In the post-wedding, the atmosphere is more relaxed and peaceful. It’s a fun session where there are no objections to playing and messing up the bride gown or groom’s suit. Be creative and consider this unconventional but very funny option.

Give a personal stamp to your photographs. Get your first wedding experiences from friends and relatives.

You can also start as an assistant to a first rank professional photographer. And don’t hesitate to invest time in creating a gallery with all your works; albums and portfolios with which you can delight your future clients.

Finally, if you really liked this post on how to make wedding photography, you can also visit our categories on “Digital Photography” And “Effects” where you will learn much more about photography in general and this will help you always to sharpen your senses and your glance.


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