As professional wedding photographers is the Essex area we like to share our experience. This is a new series in wedding photography about the mistakes we all make when we first start in this business and how not to make them.
Mistakes No. 1 Inexperience
If you are “into” photography is a pretty good bet that your family and friends will know this. Owning a nice DSLR with a couple of good lenses will only highlight this. Thus there is a high degree of probability that you will be asked to photograph a family or friend’s wedding. This could boost your ego, or indeed fill you with dread. This most important thing is to be honest and realistic. Do you have the experience to carry the wedding photography out? Do you have the equipment to carry the job out? Remember, you can’t ask the bride and groom to return because you have a fault with your camera. i.e. you MUST have a back-up of everything. So before you accept the wedding assignment, make SURE you can do the job, especially if you’re going to be paid for the job.
This is the time to be very honest with the couple and yourself, don’t be talked into anything. Wedding photography is expensive and couples will always try to save money so being pressurised into shooting their wedding could ruin a nice friendship if thing go wrong.
If you do accept the wedding photography assignment, it would be a considerable help to :-
- Make sure you know what your equipment can and cannot do. You friend’s wedding is not the time to try new things etc.
- Try to act as an assistant wedding photographer BEFORE the wedding day.
- Comb the internet for articles on wedding photography. There is lots of information on the net about angles, backgrounds etc.
More wedding photography mistakes in our future blogs.