Some people may argue but I think I’m really coming from something real when I say that wedding photography is probably one of the most stressful types of photography out there. There’s just so many things to do and even more to analyze and strategize ahead of time for a photographer to be able to really pull things off and satisfy the clients at the same time. For one, you only get one chance. If, by the off chance that you make a boo-boo and mess something up, you can’t just go back and re-shoot it. Chances are, that moment is already gone forever so it’s absolutely crucial that you are able to do everything right. People are relying on you when they entrusted the incredibly challenging yet honorable task of shooting their wedding. As a matter of fact, it’s not just them. Even their families and friends are relying on you.
Here are a few old school wedding photography tips to help get you started. They may be old but they’re also tried and tested to really work.
Manage expectations accordingly
Make sure that you are thorough in terms of discussing the terms with your clients. You know that old saying about “under-promising and over-delivering”? It works every time. Of course, just because you under promised doesn’t mean you can slack off; you have to pull off the over-delivering part to. This is to ensure that your reputation will be protected accordingly and you will also get to minimize any disappointments on the clients’ side when all’s said and done.
Make it legal
It means that you should go through the troubles of actually getting your liabilities covered. Draft up a letter of agreement and keep it as simple and concise as much as possible. Put up a waiver of sorts in fine print. This is particularly important if you’re just beginning to delve into wedding photography. You have to understand that weddings are emotional events and some people may have the tendency to run with their emotions or be dramatic in case something goes wrong. Making sure you don’t get sued is crucial to surviving in the industry.
You need to be extremely skilled in exposure and lighting
You need to scout the locations ahead of time and take sample pictures. This may, you are well aware of the settings that you need to get to in order for you to be able to take the perfect pictures. Bad exposure pictures have no place for wedding photography; it’s just not right to use that ill excuse to a bride and groom who obviously trusted you enough to cover their event.
Always prepare for contingencies
Make sure you have a backup plan for everything. Luckily, for you, we’re already in the digital age and unless you’re shooting in film; for as long as you have a good stash of memory cards, you should have your storage options down pat. Also make sure that you have extra batteries and flashes for when things run out, your shooting progress comes to a grinding halt so it’s absolutely crucial that you prepare for the worst.