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									Five Wedding Photography Tips You Must Know
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One of the easiest ways to learn anything is to just do it. When you make mistakes you learn
from them. When it comes to wedding photography you really don't want to make many
mistakes. Hopefully by the end of this article I will have provided you enough quality
information for you to take better photos at your next wedding.

Wedding photography is unlike most types of photography in that you only have one chance to
capture a shot, there's no retakes once a shot is gone you will never be able to recapture that
moment. So if you want a happy bride and groom, less stress and more money in your bank
account then keep on reading because these handy tips will save your butt when it comes to
shooting weddings.

1. Create a shot list

If you're just starting out then a shot list is vital. Having a shot list will allow you to make sure
that no shots have been missed. If you start shooting weddings on a regular basis then chances
are that you won't need a shot list after a while but I believe it's always handy to have one as
backup. Some of the shots I recommend taking include:

       The wedding dress hanging up/leaning over a chair
       The brides dress getting done up
       Brides garter
       Bride getting hair done/looking in the mirror
       Bride/bridesmaids having makeup put on
       Groom tying his tie
       Groom hugging parents
       Parents/best man straitening grooms tie
       Bride and father arriving at ceremony
       Family members being seated
       Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
       Groom waiting/checking his watch
       Groom seeing bride for the first time
       Bride before making her entrance
       Father and bride walking down the aisle
       The back of the father and bride walking down the aisle (if you have a second
        photographer)
       Close up of bride and groom exchanging vows
       Close up of the rings going onto hands
       The first kiss as married couple
      Walking up the aisle as a married couple
      Bride and groom outside the location
      Family throwing confetti at bride and groom

After the ceremony you will usually get a chance to get the bride and groom along with the
bridesmaids and groomsmen to pose for some photos. I said usually because I have shot wedding
where couples didn't want these types of shots. You will find the majority of couples expect
these photos however and personally these types of photos I enjoy taking. Here is a shot list of
some of the posed photos you should take.

      Full length bride shot
      Bride and maid of honour (3/4 and full length shots)
      The bride with all of the bridesmaids
      The bride and her parents
      Groom with parents
      Bride and groom
      Bride and groom with each set of parents
      Groom with his best man
      Groom with bridesmaids
      Bride with groomsmen
      Bride and groom with bridesmaids
      Bride and groom with groomsmen
      Bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen

One tip I would give you when shooting big groups is that you have to take control. One of the
first weddings I ever shot I had people not paying any attention to me and looking in different
directions. When I realised this I quickly took control and specifically asked everyone behind me
with their digital cameras to stop taking photographs until I had taken mine and then I would
hold the group together for a few seconds so everyone with their digital cameras could come in
and take their photos. It worked and I had no problem with people looking in the wrong
direction.

Another tip I would give you is to ask everyone to first look at your camera and then close their
eyes. Then ask them to open their eyes on the count of 3. When they open their eyes ask them to
find your camera lens with their eyes as quickly as possible. I would then recommend taking a
burst of shots. This will help minimise the chance of anyone having their eyes closed.

One final tip when dealing with group shots is to say "can everyone see the camera", then follow
that line with "if you can't see the camera it can't see you". This will make sure no one's head is
being covered by another guests.

Once you have moved past taking the group shots you will want to start taking photos at the
wedding reception. The following is a shot list I would recommend capturing:

      The outside of the reception site
      Candid photos of guests outside the reception
      The bride and groom arriving at the reception
      The bride and groom laughing and joking with guests
      Inside of the reception before guests arrive
      Little details on the table such as patterns or decorations
      Guests names on cards at table
      The wedding cake (multiple shots and angles)
      The first dance
      Parents dancing
      Cutting of the cake
      Toasts/speeches
      The throwing of the bouquet
      Bride and groom leaving


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