More in the Wedding Photography Tip series produced by Essex based wedding photography specialists
Wedding Photography Tip No. 13 Talk to the bride
The tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other on the wedding day until the ceremony still goes on today. This is fine except you as the wedding photographer needs to build up a pretty decent collection of the photographs of them on the big day. The best way to get your collection of bride & groom photographs is to talk to the couple together BEFORE the wedding and plan the time you will need to get the required photographs. Waiting until the day will lead to confusion and rushed photographs. The old saying is very true: Fail to plan and you will plan to fail.
Wedding Photography Tip No. 14. Know your contacts
When you start taking the formal photographs you need to be able to gather all the aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters etc. Some will be at the bar, other talking and YOU have to arrange all these people. The thing to do is to ask the couple for a couple of helpers who know EVERYONE. Task them with finding and fetching the people you need. You’re the photographer and can’t spare the time to flit around looking for uncle Bob chatting at the bar.
Wedding Photography Tip No. 15. Natural light is best
If conditions allow always try to use natural light. Light is a funny thing, we all love a nice sunny day but a sunny day is worst thing a wedding photographer could want. The sun causes shadows across the face and no amount of post-production editing will remove. If you have a slightly overcast day then try to use natural light, this will produce a nice even light across your photographs which is far superior to using a flash. You may find a hand held light reflector useful to direct a little light to shaded areas.
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