Wedding photography can certainly be one of the most challenging aspects of the field and there is a lot of work which goes into creating the perfect images both for you and the client. Capturing each magical moment at the highest quality is what is desired, and although it has become far more achievable over the decades with the rise and development of digital cameras, a lot of time and effort has to go into the work before you even arrive at the wedding. If you have a basic set of equipment and knowledge of how to use your camera to a professional standard it is possible to get into the business of wedding photography, and you will build up your kit and experience as you go along. However there are some tips you should follow in order to produce the best set of images you can from the day and we’ve teamed up with Francesca Hill to bring you these.
Firstly, planning is crucial and probably the most important aspect of the day. If you don’t plan what you are going to do before hand then it is likely you will miss key moments of the day and forget to capture important friends and relatives. This can easily be avoided through good communication between you and the couple. Make a list of any ideas you have and get the couple to do the same – they will know exactly what they want and who they want in the images so stick to this as a basic guide. Any ideas and extra images you capture will be a bonus to them! Not only is it important to capture the right people, but each couple will have their own personality and a good wedding photographer will communicate this well. Meeting the couple before the wedding enables you to get to know them and what they are like giving you extra time to tailor their images to them.
Having the best equipment available to you at your budget is important, however editing software can make a huge difference and is sometimes equally important in wedding photography. There is a specific desired look throughout wedding photography which has a soft romanticised feel, and this does require top editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Using the editing software requires another level of skills which need to be perfected. Over-editing and under-editing can both create an unprofessional feel, therefore finding a balance is crucial in order to keep detail and quality in the images.
Finally, remember to think outside the box. Classic wedding photographers get the images they need and people expect to see, however having an imagination and a contemporary vision can create stunning results which get great reactions. It is more common nowadays for modern wedding photographers to shoot the smaller details such as the rings, flowers and table settings, but finding your own unique style can really make you stand out from others and you will soon be noticed for this.
If you follow these easy steps along with doing research beforehand and ensuring you have all your equipment, the day should flow perfectly and you will get the images you deserve. Again planning is key, so putting the work in before the big day will help you feel prepared for a stress free and fun day of capturing the perfect moments and the more experience you have the easier it becomes. Capturing people’s special days is a rewarding job, and although it may seem daunting at first you will love it in time and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.