Wedding Photography for Amateurs – Part 3

stockxchng-just-married-stock-photo-by-haloocynThe wedding day is long – it helps to be relaxed yet alert during the day because just when you think you have enough excitement, something else will come up!  Remember that if you need more energy, do snack and do keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.

Photographing the couple

After the formal ceremony, you need to think about photographing the bride and groom alone.  It’s very important to take photographs f just the couple even if it’s just for a little while because they will want to looks at these photographs in the future even if they seem to be annoyed to be pulled away at the time.
Wait until after the formal ceremony and before they eat. Take them outdoors by the church or somewhere with stunning views.  It is up to you to work with whatever you have – if it’s raining and cold you can still get some dramatic effects but you must find shelter for them – no bride wants to be sopping wet.   Don’t forget to vary the shots – some wide angle, some full length, some close up. Give them some variety to choose from.  Look out for details like catch lights in the bride and grooms eye and always make sure she looks beautiful (don’t let her stand in angles that give her a double chin for example!).

Group Shots

Every bride and groom needs group shots including all the family members and guests.  It’s a great idea to get the groom with the best men and bride with her brides maids.  Use a wide angle lens to get everyone into the shot and find somewhere to stand if possible so you can fit everyone in from above.

The Reception

The reception is the time people sit down and eat so remember to take photographs of the first dance and speeches but not of people chewing their food.  Use a long lens so to not interfere with the surroundings and to get natural expressions.  Use a telephoto lens with an ISO of at least 800 – if necessary use your flash gun and bounce off the ceiling to add some light.

The first dance is important so use a wide angle lens to get the whole scene in (the dancing, the stage) – use creative flash to get a sense of movement if necessary.

Other objects to shoot if you have time include:

1.    The Flowers
2.    The Jewellery
3.    The Champagne (drinks)
4.    The Cake
5.    The Food
6.    The Dress
7.    The Brides shoes
8.    The Table Settings
9.    The invitations
Remember that every single kind of wedding is different so some may just be at a restaurant, some may be a registry office, and some may be on a beach – each scenario if different so you need to be adaptable.  Just remember to keep you head and that the smaller details count.  Also remember that there are some shots that you simply need to get (of the couple, a group shot for example) as these are the ones that a couple always want to have for the future.

Good Luck!

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