Talk to the bride about the things that she would like to get out of your wedding photography service.
The first thing that you would need to make sure that you are always able to do would be to have a good and long talk with your clients to make sure that you know exactly what they are looking for in a wedding photographer, to know what they have envisioned for the event, and to discuss whether or not these are things that you will be able to deliver or make good on when it all comes down to it. You need to make sure that before you get any kind of agreements signed, that everything has been laid out to the clients out in the open and that there should be no unpleasant surprises from there on out. Be completely transparent to the clients. They need to know exactly what they are getting from the service, how much they should be paying, when they are getting the final products, and so on and so forth.
Ask the couple to kiss slowly for wedding photography.
More often than not, the kiss only lasts for a split second or so. That’s not something that the camera will be able to document well enough especially since moments like that breeze by with hardly anyone being able to properly document it. Talk to the couple and ask them if they can prolong the kiss a little longer than usual. There is a pretty good chance that you won’t get a lot of complaints out of this. This is something that will be fairly easy for them to do and most couples are game when it comes to requests like these anyway. Brief them ahead of time. This may seem like a really small thing at first but something like these can really make a whole world of difference for you and for the photos that you are trying to pull off.
Bring a few props along to embellish the wedding photography shoot.
Props can really bring out the fun factor in a wedding photo shoot. You should seriously consider using them if you want something interesting and different in your photos. Check out the theme of the wedding and try to make sure that whatever props you decide on will really get to work well with what you are bringing with you to the shoot. Most of these wedding props are stuff that you will actually be able to more or less make yourself out of everyday items so it shouldn’t be too hard to get some props together for your wedding photo shoot when it all comes down to it.
Figure out what you camera can to and work out the technicalities.
You want have enough time to figure things out during the wedding photography shoot. The last thing you would want to do is stop mid step right in the middle of the bridal march because you had to fumble with the camera settings because you don’t know them by heart. Spare yourself from all of that embarrassment and know your camera like the back of your hand. Attend some classes teaching you the technical fundamentals if you have to. Practice with your camera any chance you get and be as well equipped as you possibly can.
Have different lenses with you during your wedding photo shoot.
As a wedding photographer, you need to make sure that you are able to really get different kinds of perspectives in the photos that you are taking just to help make things interesting. As a wedding photographer who is just starting out in the industry, you need a couple or so of basic lenses. You will need a telephoto lens for all of those times wherein you can’t be right next to the things or people that you need to take photos of such as during the solemn wedding ceremony and most churches won’t really allow you as the wedding photographer to be right next to the altar. You will also need a wide angle lens for all the entire group photos that you need to take as well. Weddings have a lot of guests attending and that is something that you need to prepare for. You need to make sure that you don’t really crop anyone out in the process. If money is an issue and you can’t really afford both lenses all at the same time, then a medium zoom lens is a pretty good temporary option for you and will give you a pretty good start.
Get the names of the key players of the wedding.
It can help you become a wedding photographer who can really see things through without a hitch for the coverage. The thing is that there are a lot of instances wherein the bride will not be all that available during the wedding day. You have to remind yourself time and time again that you need another contact person to work with just in case the bride will not be all that available to answer any questions that you might have so it would be nice to have someone to consult with during the event. Get to know the key players such as the maid of honor, the best man, the parents of the bride and the groom, the best friend, the wedding planner, and so on and so forth. It is quite important for you to make sure that you get in touch with these people and that you really get to know them so that you can work well with them during the wedding photo shoot.
As a wedding photographer, you have to tackle the issue about the wedding dress having a lot of white in it.
The camera tends to identify the wedding dress as some kind of brightness that needs to be dealt with one way or the other and that is not the kind of thing that you would want for your photos. It will make the white wedding dress a little dull and that is not something that the bride will be happy about. Put in some positive exposure compensation for you to be able to fix this issue.
If you want to be a practical wedding photographer, you need to make sure that you are able to really get a second camera during the wedding photo shoot. Borrow one or rent one out if you have to, just make sure that you have one no matter what happens.
Take the time to get the vendor list together for your blog.
As a wedding photographer, this is your chance to network out to the other people in the wedding service industry. The vendor list is basically just a list of the names of all of the wedding service providers that you have worked with in the wedding event. You should put in the live links that lead right up to their blogs as well on the side. This is a little bit of effort that a lot of people will really be able to appreciate. Surprisingly enough for you, people will be quite excited to return the favor for you and feature you as well in their blogs. Go around during the wedding. Just walk up to people and introduce yourself briefly. Exchange contact info or business cards and catalog all of the info that you have managed to collect. This will make things so much easier for you to get all of their info together. If the couple hired a wedding planner for the event, it will save you so much more time if you just talk to the wedding planner instead because they most likely have all of the wedding service providers’ info. Send them an email once you have posted your blog up telling them that they are part of the feature. They will most likely promote you in their pages as well. You are basically putting in the first piece of the domino and things will just start to roll from there.
Announce your new blog post on your social media accounts.
It will help improve your online presence as a wedding photographer. Social media continues to be a bit of an underrated marketing platform that people tend to more or less are taking for granted and you should not be making this kind of mistake. Work on your social media presence and take things a day at a time. Your hard work will get to pay off in the long run and this is something that will really help give you the boost that you need.
Work on your image layout.
Every wedding photographer should know how to lay out his images correctly. Learn the mechanics of a professional looking image layout. There are a lot of online courses as well as wedding photography magazines and blogs that might teach you a thing or two about the right way for you to lay your images out. There are some images that deserve to be posted in full size while there are some that don’t. Take note of the little things because they will eventually pay off for you.
Tag your images included in your blog as a wedding photographer.
Put in the extra amount of effort to really tag the images that you post so that Google will be able to find a way to index your images so that people looking up searches that are more or less similar to your tags will be able to find your blog at the end of the day.
Make sure that you also shine a light on the older members of the family for your wedding photography project.
The older members of the family are usually highly valued and respected. The bride and groom will really be able to appreciate the fact that you took the time to feature them in the images that you are able to take during the wedding photography project. Figure out who the important older members of the family are and try to see how they are related to the couple who are being wed. try to find out as much as you can about them and try to make sure that you are able to place them well especially if you are trying to take group photos in the process. This is something that is usually being taken for granted a lot and is something that you should definitely not make the mistake of forgetting.
Learn about natural light and how to make it work for your wedding photography shoot.
Natural light interacts differently with a lot of things. It can vary greatly depending on the time of the day, depending on the dust elements, the angle, the skin color of the people that you are taking photos of, and so on and so forth. The more that you know about it, the better it will work out for you in the process. Try to observe natural light in your everyday life and try to learn as much as you can about it. Practice every day and bring your camera with you every day, even during the days wherein you “just don’t feel like it”. Natural light, as the name suggests, occurs naturally and for as long as you have all of the technical aspects down pat, you should be in a pretty good place to start off with it.
Try to know how you should dress up for the wedding photography event.
Weddings are formal events and if you are covering them, you will need to be able to blend in without attracting too much attention to yourself. After all, you are but a keen observer equipped with high quality photography gear. Go for neutral colors and go for a look that is sleek and clean. You need to look decent and business-like. The perfect kind of outfit to go for would be business casual. Neutral colors, blacks, whites, grays, and dark blues should work just fine for you and for the look that you are going for at the end of the day. Business casual outfits are also pretty easy to bring together. All it really takes is for you to go for basic pieces that you most likely already have in your closet to begin with. Look for comfortable slacks, formal looking shirts, maybe a blazer or so, and a comfortable pair of shoes, if you can throw that in the mix.
Aim to get some kind of elevation for your camera perspective.
Bring a ladder or a step tool along with you so that you can get a higher angle for your camera view.
Keep a full time or a part time job on the side while you are still growing your wedding photography business. one of the biggest challenges that you will ever come to face while you are still in the process of starting and building up your wedding photography business is the concern of being able to keep things afloat while you are still waiting for clients to book you. This can be a very trying and nerve wracking time and more often than not, at least for the first two years of you opening up shop, you will not be getting a lot of bookings because you still have not spent enough time for you to be able to build up a dependable pipeline for events booked and repeat or referral customers.
Having another steady source of income on the side will help you take the edge off things knowing that your basic needs are all covered and taken care of at some point or so. A job that will get to keep you busy is also something that will help you take your mind off of things while you are waiting for that first big break to help you springboard your wedding photography career until you gain some kind of success out of it. There are a lot of people out there who have maintained full time or part time jobs as well as a wedding photography business on the side. This is something that you should work on achieving one way or the other if you really want to make it in this business.
You will be surprised where your big wedding photography breaks will come from. The best breaks come from the most surprising of sources and at the end of the day, it is something that you should watch out for at some point or so. Always be ready to talk to anyone and everyone. Make sure that you have a nice and clean stash of business cards stacked up and always pretty much ready to go. Be ready to hand out your business cards during wedding events, during symposiums and soirees, and even during regular days when you are not expecting to run across people you might book one way or the other. The point of the matter is that you can never really be too prepared for anything so make sure that you are always prepared every time you walk out of the door.
Seek constant feedback for the quality of your work. One of the best ways for you to continuously improve on your wedding photography skills is for you to seek constant feedback and constructive criticism from your fellow photography professionals. Join forums online and community groups so that you can learn about the things you did right and the things that you might have done better in some of your finished projects. Keep an open mind and do not take offense so easily. Instead, use the things you hear as fuel for a better and for a more improved you.