toomuchroom PRO 1:41pm, 24 January 2008

A good friend of mine has asked me to be the "official" photographer at their wedding this summer. Whilst I am extremely honoured that they have asked me there is a small element of anxiety in me with regards to it.

Although we will do the archetypal "wedding shots" of group photos, family and friends, my friends have said that they are more interested in me capturing the "real" moments of the day.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone had done a wedding before and if so have you got any tips for me. What moments to look for, equipment to use, the settings of my camera etc etc

Anything would be greatly appreciated!

william c hutton jr 10 years ago
You should have a back up for each piece of equipment. Never go to a wedding without two cameras, two sets of lenses and strobes, etc. When something breaks at a wedding, or when you run out of batteries, storage cards (or film), it's a real bummer.

Make a list with your friends of the shots they must have. Even if this list is very short, there will be no chance for misunderstandings.

If the wedding is held where the light is low, you need to prepare for a tough time. Will you use a strobe? Will it be possible to bounce the light? Do you have experience with dragging the shutter? How does you camera handle high iso (>400)? Do you have any fast lenses (faster than f 2.8)? How well can you and/or your camera focus in low-light conditions? One tip for shooting indoors in existing light (no strobe) is to wait for your subject(s) to enter a well- lit area and shoot them there.If you are experienced in lowlight photography, or with using strobes indoors, then you'll know what to do. If you are not experienced, you need to figure out how to practice.

Ιf you shoot the reception/party, try and shoot the most important tables before people start eating. Don't forget the incidental shots (rings, flowers, cake, shoes/purse/veil, decorations).

If your friends are laid back and really won't be fussy about the results, then this could be a great experience for you. If they have high expectations (as if they had paid for someone with lots of wedding experience to do the shoot) then you are in a tough position and you are acting as a true friend.

I would also suggest a Google search for wedding photography tips/list/checklist.

Best wishes for a successful shoot.
Aaron Spicer Photography [deleted] 10 years ago
I always like to have a sit down with my clients before the event to talk about their stylistic preferences. I usually send them a brief survey if they can't meet in person.

One thing that I would suggest is asking the couple for an itinerary for the day. Keep the schedule with you on a small index card or the likes. Most weddings are pretty routine as far as the schedule goes, but it's still handy to know what order they will be doing things in...especially if it's a large wedding. You don't want to be working the crowd at a 500 person wedding and get caught on the other side of the room when the couple starts the cake cutting.

As far as camera settings go....make sure you bring a grey card with you so you can get the white balance just right. I see that you're shooting with the rebel xti...if possible pick up (buy or borrow) a speedlight. Your on camera flash won't refresh fast enough for some of the events you want to capture (bouquet toss, toasts, dancing, etc.)

Hope that helps. I know my first wedding came with a lot of anxiety...but once you get to work you will figure out your work flow.
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