Wedding Photography Tips
By Dom at Eversure,
27 March 2020
When it comes to taking wedding photos, you tend to tread a fine line of getting those incredible natural and unique moments throughout the day, and just getting in people’s way. With a little prep beforehand and some help during, you’ll be sure to make the most out of the day and all the photos you want.
Get to Know your Clients
Odds are you’ll meet the happy couple before that day, if not, make sure you do! If you spend just a bit of time with them, even if it’s just over Zoom, you’ll be much better prepared for what they want from you and how you can best achieve it. Take your time with this bit, you may have your own style and way of working but really understanding what they want out of their photos will make your job so much easier.
Have a Plan
This may sound obvious, but you’ll be amazed at how unprepared people can be. The great thing about being a wedding photographer is you’ll have quite a bit of time to prepare for each booking before it actually arrives. Use this time wisely. Make sure you ask for the schedule of the day so you know the timings as best you can, and be sure you’re given the exact prepared photos they want you to take for example if there's a specific area that they want a photo in, make sure you have the time and resources to fulfill their request.
Know the Venue
Generally, you’ll get you know the venues better the longer you’re a wedding photographer for. After all, there are only so many places for them to happen. But if you are unfamiliar with one you’ve got coming up, then I would heartily recommend checking it out first, and in good time. If will save you so many headaches down the line. There’s always a quirk or two, or an issue with lighting or space that you may have been able to foresee had you gone to look around before the event.
Don’t think about doing it all on your own. If you can take a friend or an assistant to help you with the logistics. You’re likely to have at least two cameras and lenses – plus some lighting/props. It will be a massive help to have someone to be around with you, and help keeping you on schedule as well as the carrying!
Take the Right Kit
The last thing you’ll want to be at a wedding is without a key piece of kit. Similarly, you don’t want to be dragging around everything you own. Hopefully after meeting with the couple, and seeing the venue you’ll have a good sense of exactly what you’ll need for the day.
Two of the most important things for wedding photographers to have are Public Liability and Professional Indemnity cover. If you’re not quite sure what these are, our public liability page is a great place to start. For more general information our camera insurance page will have everything you need to know about the policies we offer.