As a wedding photographer, I am often asked for advice. “It’s my first time, is there anything you can help me with? Give me some tips? I’m afraid not to be up “this message, I received dozens of times. When one covers his first marriage, and it is the pressure that is normal. This is a unique moment, which will not be repeated. We have no right to make mistakes.
Here are some simple tips for those who will spend their baptism of fire. No tricks, just some useful and important tips. I focus on the essentials, like that, on D-Day, you will be prepared for the big event.
With these recommendations, you will be able to emerge unscathed from your marriage, without forgetting what is important. Follow the guide :
1 – Equip yourself with a good quality camera
If not already done, it must be equipped with a flash type cobra (turret head … very important detail). Being a wedding photographer this means to face limits of light situations, such as the town hall or the church for example. My style does not agree so much with the flash, I prefer to use natural light … but sometimes you have no choice. For those who are not familiar with the use of a flash, put it first in “Auto” mode and play with the + or – to adjust the flash output if necessary.
My advice is to direct the flash towards the ceiling or to a neutral wall color if possible (depending on model) out the small white tab.
2 – Train yourself !!!
In addition to the previous tip, if you miss practice, practice. This is not a joke. Enjoy an evening with friends to try your hand with the flash, for example. This type of equipment requires practice to fully understand everything. And the worst thing to do is use the flash for the first time …. during your first marriage.
Another example of exercise: photos of the couple. If you’ve never done, how do you want to get out. My advice is to practice on a couple of friends, who will be delighted to have beautiful images. Try different poses, chat with them to put them at ease, try different angles, etc …
Wedding photography is a demanding discipline. So to be successful, you have to practice. Would you have the idea to present in an athletics competition without working out … obviously not.
3 – Discuss with the bride and groom
It is absolutely essential to know the couple that you’ll shoot … at least a minimum. Discuss with them their expectations. There is nothing worse for married (and therefore you) that end up with photos that do not look like them.
If this is your first marriage, this exchange can be a good opportunity to explain that precisely this is your first marriage. They will be more lenient about the final result.
Some will think, “But never in my life! It is absolutely necessary to hide the fact that we started. ” To those, I asked a simple question: “How could you hide it! When they ask you to show them photos of your previous marriages … they will see that this is the first.