There are many things professional photographers had wished they knew before entering this line of photography. Compared to others, wedding photography poses a lot of challenges, from energy, creativity, to anger management (seriously).
If you are an aspiring wedding photographer Skye, don’t hesitate to bookmark this page and come back here every once in a while!
Prepare, Confirm, and Commit
Clients are occupied with a lot of things. Surely, you know that you are not the only wedding vendor they have to deal with. They need to give out invitations, survey locations and went through extensive research to get to you. But, this also means that everything has to be finalized before D-day. Such as the right time that you’ve promised on the wedding day to arrive, always crosscheck and confirm with your clients.
Explain the urgency of it. Let them know why you do things in a certain way and why do they have to happen at a certain time. Clients aren’t all photogenic or educated in photography, so be sure to explain them in a simple way! For example, to explain why you need to shoot during golden hours, this is a tip:
Golden hour is something that every other bride loved to have on their wedding album. The sunset falls perfectly on your skin and will create golden like moments!
Make it appealing, not some mandatory activities!
If you said that you will arrive at 6 am, then arrive at 6 am. Arriving earlier is also a great thing as both of you will get more time to discuss how you should proceed. Respect the appointment time.
Know what you have
Understand your camera
Of course, not all photographers understand 100% how the camera works; let’s leave that to the manufacturers. But, photographers need to know the limits and at least technical possibilities of their gears. For example, is using a certain mode will prohibit you from increasing shutter speed or the aperture?
Not only do you need big enough memory to make sure that you can capture everything and not miss a thing, you need to know the best memory cards that work for you. This includes how fast the writing speed is and if it is compatible. Write speed refers to the delay between full-press of the shutter to the picture showing on your screen.
Practice makes perfect
Perfection is not achieved by sheer luck and impromptu acts. Practice at home with friends or family members who are willing to pose for you. This is a way to get the picture at the right angle and the right exposure. It will also save the time of having to take multiple pictures and adjusting your position repeatedly.
With the clients
And it will even be better if you get to go to their rehearsal dinner and test shoot several pictures. These can also be included on their wedding album if you want!
Scout the location
And it will get even better for a Cheshire wedding photographer if you can practice together with your clients at the site and make sure that you get to take the best pictures during D-day and save some time from having to explore the whole location.