Let me start off by saying, my first wedding photography was a bit scary. It was nerve wracking. It is the idea of everyone, especially the couple are counting on you to document the most important day of their lives. No pressure, right? Think about it.
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After the first wedding, here are some advice I would give to young photographers out there who are thinking of going into wedding photography.
Practice...Practice...Practice!The wedding day could be the most stressful day of the bride and groom and you, as the photographer. Weddings are very fast paced, stressful and everything is meant to be on schedule. Notice I said the word, 'meant.' No matter how organize the day is, some things are just meant to go wrong. Hence, I recommend practice will allow you to strive for perfection. The reason why you would like to do a lot off practice in taking portrait pictures before hand is because, there's not enough time for you to think and figure out your camera settings on the day of the event. Your lighting could change in a hot minute, or you are taking pictures indoor, and next thing you know, you are taking pictures outdoor. With that said, you should be able to change your camera exposure settings instantly!
Do Some Research Before The WeddingDuring the the couple and wedding party photoshoot, it is nice and your clients will appreciate it if you have a lot of creative and fun posing for the group. It is better to keep them moving and entertained with all the fun posing than keeping them wait for your next direction. So my advice is before the wedding, it would be best to go on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and etc. and screen shot some images that you would like to recreate.
Ask The Couple For a Shot ListAs mentioned above, weddings could be very stressful. To help you organize during the family group photos, it is best to ask the couple for a shot list of all the family members they would like to take photos with. This way, you can have a guide will help to keep you on track with the family group photos.
Have a Second Shooter (optional)This will save you time, energy and this will make your day less stressful. It is always a great idea to have a second shooter with you. Two head are better than one! Also, during the getting ready part of the day, couples will most likely get ready in two different places. If you have a second shooter, you can assign him/her to the bride/groom, that way you don't have to travel constantly. What I normally do is I go with the bride, and I always assign my second shooter to photograph the groom.
Bring Your LaptopWedding is a full day photography service. Most likely you will be taking 1000+ photos. To avoid the struggle of, "Memory Full," I recommend bringing your laptop so you can transfer and backup most of the images on the day of. Also because I always get paranoid about deleted images.
Backup Camera EquipmentBring extra of everything if you can. Extra camera, extra lens, batter, memory card... etc!
SMILE AND HAVE FUN!Lastly, it is best to always smile and have fun! :)