Weddings are one of the most stressful… or I think it is the most stressful photography gig because it is unexpected and very dynamic. No matter how much planning you do or the bride do, things are meant to happen and you sometimes you can’t stop it and there’s nothing you can do but accept, let go and move on.
After many years of photographing weddings, you can try to follow as much of the agenda but other than that, letting things go and letting things happen is usually the best way to go. There are situations sometimes that are not planned would happen and the bride or anyone could easily make last minute changes. For example, there are moments that the bridal party photos has been cut short, which is a bit upsetting because it is my favourite part of the wedding day. Sometimes, the bride and the groom would decide last minute to not include any getting ready photos for the groom. Bottom line is, always expect the unexpected during a wedding day. However, still make sure to keep the agenda with you.
Here are my tips on how to prepare for a wedding photography day:
Make sure you have the correct equipment with you and all your gears are charged, and ready to go.
- Have all the correct lenses with you.
- Never forget extra batteries
- Always bring extra memory cards
- lastly, it is always best to have an extra camera body.
2. Have a Copy of the Itinerary and Shot Lists With You
It’s just a good way to keep you on track where you are going to be next. Also, it would be best if you are at the place, ceremony area or reception to take photos of the place before all the guests arrive. The bride and groom spent tons and tons of money and time to make the place look as pretty as possible, so taking detailed shots of the table, centre pieces and the decor, would be awesome and the bride and groom would greatly appreciate it.
3. Wear Comfortable Shoes But Classy
When you are photographing a wedding, you will be standing most of the time, running around and standing… and standing.
4. Get to Know Names
It would be more personal if you know the names of the bride, groom and the rest of the party. This will come in handy later on when you are photographing them.
5. Get a Good Sleep
Finally, my very last tip is to get a very good sleep the night prior. When you are ‘THE’ wedding photographer, to me, you are ‘The Energy’. Especially during bridal party photo shoots, you need to be entertaining, you need to be able to make them laugh genuinely and be able to show them that you really strive for great photos.