Have a thorough conversation with the couple and find out what they intend to achieve at the end of the shoot, the number of shots they need, the major things that should be captured and how they expect to receive the photos at the end, whether is a digital format or printed. You show them your working style and let them determine if it’ll work for them. Also, they can tell you their preferred style to help you prepare well in advance. If you’ll be charging them, ensure that you agree on the price upfront.
Turn Off The Sound In Your Camera
There is nothing that can distract more in a wedding than the sound of your camera as it tries to focus. So, make sure to turn off the camera’s sound and leave it off all through the event. Having a client camera will also make it easy for you to shoot solid photos without alerting the subject, letting you capture a more natural photo. Ensure that you turn the sound off at the start of the day.
Shoot Even The Smallest Details
Wedding photography is all about capturing even those small details, don’t let anything slip by. Capture wedding rings, shoes, table settings, flowers, backs of dresses to give the end photos an added dimension. You can browse the internet for sample wedding photos for inspiration. Some of the wedding photography books also have pictures you can go through to get ideas.
Use Two Cameras
Borrow or hire another camera to help you with the shoot. And, don’t set up both cameras with the same lens, set them up with different lenses. You can set one with a wider lens and the other with a longer lens. No single lens is appropriate for all kinds of situations. Also, having different cameras with different lenses can make the work a whole lot faster and easier for you. When you see that one camera doesn’t work out for a certain situation, you don’t have to get into the tedious work of changing the lens. You just need to pick the other camera and see if it works for that situation.
Consider a Second Photographer
As mentioned earlier, a wedding can be very busy. There are a lot of things happening at the same time. Having a backup photographer can be a useful idea. This will ensure that you don’t move around a lot during the ceremony and speeches. One may be capturing the formal shots while the other captures candid shots. Also, it will take some pressure off your back; the pressure of being the one to capture every shot.