Wedding photography/what do you do if a friend asks you to shoot their wedding?

December 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding Photography

What do you do if a friend asks you to shoot their Wedding?

Chances are, if you know any little bit about photography and are seen as being a keen enthusiast, sooner or later, you are going to get asked to do somebody’s wedding. So, what should you do?(after your knees have finished knocking that is!!!!).If you have doubts about your ability to do a good job, then the best thing to do is to politely decline. There is so much more to Wedding photography than turning up on the day and shouting “Cheese!!!” at the top of your voice!!

You only have ONE chance at getting it right!! If you make any  mistakes , you could be responsible for ruining the happiest day of someone’s life. It is especially bad if they are close friends!!!

If, however ,you are confident in your ability as a photographer ,and feel ready to take on the responsibility of taking photos for somebody’s big day ,then here are a few tips to get you started.

Firstly, Preparation is crucial .Spend time with the Bride and Groom, and gauge exactly what it is that they expect from you. Familiarize them with your style of photography ,even if it is just to clarify the type of shots they would like (colour or black and white? For example).Get a short list of the types of shot that they would most like for their big day.

Maybe even visit the church and the reception venue with them…..it will give a much clearer picture of what both of you can expect .This will also give you a clearer picture of what equipment you will need to bring.

Bring spare equipment .If your camera should fail on you…have a spare at the ready .Anything can happen at a wedding!!!

Prepare for any eventuality .Plan your shoot and always have a plan “B” that you can utilise in the event of bad weather or any other unforeseen circumstance.

Get some help….assistance takes a mighty load off you, and is crucial for any Wedding photographer.

Look the part!!!If the Bride’s mother doesn’t compliment you on how smart you look, you’re not smart enough!!

Be punctual.(preferably very early)..No use waltzing in half way through the ceremony, disrupting everything and missing half the shots.

Lastly, be professional and always polite…it could lead to you being asked to do another Wedding in the future. Who knows? If you do a good enough job, you could end up doing it for a living!!Happy snapping!!!!!


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