The wedding is an expensive affair in the United States.
As per a survey conducted by The Knot in 2015, the national average cost of a wedding was a staggering $32,641.
There’s, however, an interesting takeaway for the wedding photographers – the survey found the wedding couples allocated $2,618 towards hiring a wedding photographer.
Moreover, the budget for wedding photography was higher than that for the wedding dress, videographer, event planner, reception DJ, florist, and – wait for it – rehearsal dinner.
When the average American family spends so much on photography, it’s only imperative for every wedding photographer to deliver their best.
However, owing to their unique approach to treating a wedding, photographers can vary and so can their results.
Regardless of their personal take on wedding and years of experience, every photographer can benefit from the following tips.
Shooting Outdoors: Stay Flexible
Shooting outdoors, especially during pre-wedding photo shoot schedule, is a common practice today. The photographer needs to find a beautiful location where he/she can take pretty pictures of the wedding couple.
However, the weather can play a spoilsport. As a photographer, you need to have a backup plan just in case something didn’t go according to your initial plans.
If your client is counting on you, make sure you don’t let them down. There’s nothing you can do about the weather while shooting outdoors. Therefore, having an alternative plan can bail you out of an otherwise impending disaster.
Greeting the Bride: Make Her Comfortable
Wedding photography is different from other jobs in many ways. You’re documenting an event which involves myriad emotions and is very special for the bride and groom.
As a professional photographer, therefore, you should remember to connect with the bride/groom before the shoot.
Greeting the bride or speaking to her, for example, may take only a couple of minutes but it can really set the tone for the entire day. When the wedding couple is at ease, they can emote well, which can reflect well on their photographs.
In fact, many wedding photographers consider this as an extremely crucial part of their job. So, before you pull out your camera and other equipment, just get along with your client for a while. It can make the stressful job a tad easier.
Focussing on Details
Attention to detail is key to getting the best results for your photo shoot. Since every wedding is unique and brings new challenges, you should wear your creative hat.
The details such as the dressing, backdrop, and emotions of the wedding couple should mingle well in order for you to get the best results.
As a photographer, you should experiment with different backgrounds that go well with the wedding mood.
Depending on the background and mood of the couple, you need to decide whether it is a landscape or portrait.
Utilizing Your Assistant
Smart wedding photographers know how to collaborate with their assistant.
Screen Grab of How To Shoot A Wedding Ceremony by Christine Chang
An assistant photographer can help you come up with more creative shoot ideas and click the wedding couple from different angles, making your job easy and fun.
If you’re shooting for family formals sessions, you can ask your assistant to get them ready while you’re busy adjusting the lights and camera lenses.
By using your assistant creatively, you can not only get the job done easily but offer him/her an opportunity to learn as well.
Shooting a wedding event can be extremely stressful for photographers. They need to walk around the venue a lot and, the job is even more challenging when it’s an outdoor shoot.
To make sure you have happy feet throughout your shoot, carry a separate pair of shoes and wear them whenever you want to give your feet a break.
When the pressure of the event keeps on mounting, an extra pair of shoes can be a stress-reliever and life-saver at times.
Wedding photography is a very responsible job and it involves many potential challenges that you should be ready to face.
Did you ever face any particular challenges during a wedding shoot? What did you learn from it? Please, share your comments.