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Some Helpful Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers

Are you freaking out about shooting your first wedding? This post will give you some of the most important wedding photography tips that you need to know and implement before you start clicking pictures.

Also, there are a number of Surrey wedding photographers available to whom you can consult for some hacks if you like.

Prepare a short list


One of the most helpful tips about wedding photography is to get the couple to think ahead about the shots that they would like you to capture on the D day and compile a list so that you can check them off. This is especially quite helpful when it comes to clicking family pictures.


Family photo coordinator


Family photo part of the day can be quite stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re unaware of the various family dynamics at play, and people are in a ‘festive spirit’ to the point where it can be very chaotic. Get the couple to nominate two family members, one for each side of the family, who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the party.


Scout the location


Visit the locations of the different places that you will be shooting before the big day. While most of the professionals don’t do this, it is beneficial to have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play.


Preparation is the key


So much can go wrong on the day, so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan in case of bad weather, have batteries charged, keep memory cards blank, think about routes and the time to get to places, and get an itinerary of the full day so that you know what is happening next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you can gather a lot of information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony, etc.


Set expectations with the couple


Show them your work/style. Find out what they wish to achieve, how many shots they want, what key things they want to be recorded, how the shots will be used, etc. If you are charging them for the event, make sure you have the agreement of price in place up front.


Shoot the small details


Photograph rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus, etc. This help gives the wedding album an extra dimension. You can flick through a wedding magazine in the news stand for a little inspiration.


Be bold but not obtrusive


Timidly won’t get you ‘the shot’. Sometimes you need to be bold enough to capture a moment. However, timing is everything and thinking ahead to get in the right position for the major moments is important so as not to disrupt the event.


In a ceremony, try to move around at least four to five times and try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons or longer readings. During the formal shots, be bold, know what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. You are driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.


These were some easy and helpful hacks for a first-time wedding photographer. Hope you find this article interesting and helpful. All the Best!


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