Use as much natural light as possible.
Natural light tends to make profiles come off as softer and much less contrived. If this is the kind of look that you are going for in your wedding photography project, then natural light is your best friend. Although that may be the case though, balance is still everything. If you are filming outdoors and there is an over abundance of natural light, try your best to shoot in the shade. If you are filming in enclosed spaces that tend to get dark and it is absolutely needed for you to use flash, bring a reflector along, just to balance out the light and dark elements. This takes a little bit of practice but definitely something that you will be able to easily wrap your head around after a few shots, if you pay attention.
2. Encourage your subjects to smile or to have a good time.
People who look light hearted and happy photograph considerably better compared to people who look bored or pissed or just downright not having the time of their lives. This is something that you cannot really force on people but something that you can encourage passively. Smile at them and exude that friendly vibe ahead of time. Our yorkshire wedding photographer always does this. You may not know this but people in general tend to catch on to other people’s expressions and moods pretty quickly. If they see that you are happy to see them and to be there to cover the wedding, you’ll get a higher chance of getting happier looking subjects in your photos.
3. Encourage groups to come together and to get rid of any physical gaps they may have in between.
Group pictures are not easy to take. For one, you need to have a special wide angle lens fitted on your camera for it. Then, there are other factors for you to think about such as the positioning and more importantly, the gap in between people. Gaps tend to make groups look divided and nonchalant to other people in the cluster. Have them close to each other and even encourage them to lightly touch the back or shoulders of the person next to them and that should do the trick.
4. Try to be unobtrusive and quiet during the event itself.
Wedding photography is all about being able to professionally spectate the event while having the photos to show for it. People tend to get a bit self conscious when photographers make their presence a little too obvious and pronounced. Try to work stealthily in the background; don’t use the flash if it’s not absolutely required. You will get a better chance of getting natural looking photos when people aren’t too daunted by your presence.
5. Talk to the people you photograph.
They may be your subjects in the photos but they’re still people and people in general appreciate interaction and conversation. Talk to them and make it flow naturally. You don’t have to be too stiff and serious in the job. Just make sure that you are polite and friendly enough to make people feel like being photographed is not a chore.