Wedding Photography: Core33 Studios’ Tips for Aspiring Wedding Photographers

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

The Core33 Studios team began as camera enthusiasts, web and graphics designers and hobbyists. Our first gig as a professional team started out with corporate events. Weddings came in a lot later after that. The transition to corporate documentation to wedding photography wasn’t easy. It was fun, but really, really energy-draining. So, if you’re just starting out in the field of wedding photography, here is something that might help you along the way.

  1. Plan ahead and make a shot list!
    Weddings are one of the most beautiful events a photographer (amateur or pro) can take pictures of. There’s always something worth recording. Beautifully designed floral themes and bouquets, rings, rustic churches, garden wedding landscapes, cakes and wedding gowns. Key wedding moments like the couple’s kiss, their first dance, traditional rituals or their preparations. There are tons and tons of subjects to shoot, and, believe me; you’ll be reading a “Card Full” notice on your DSLR very soon after your first click. Be sure to plan and list what shots you’ll make.
  2. Prepare and list down your equipment.
    Make sure that you list down your equipment the night before you head out, even if you think you have a good memory. No harm in keeping a list of your gear especially when you have a lot. This way, you keep track of everything you bring out. This is the time where you charge batteries, clean lenses, check film/memory cards, and the like.
  3. Get enough sleep.
    Having enough rest before a job is a must. Reschedule your parties or late-night movies if you have an event to cover the following day. A wedding can be very, very tiring. If you didn’t have enough sleep the night before, your body can still probably do motor skills, but your brain would be pretty much be floating, and every creative idea you had planned before would disappear.
  4. Know who you’re working with!
    You’ll probably be introduced to the couple before their wedding day, but be sure to know (and introduce yourself) who the other key people are — their parents, best friends, brothers, sisters, children if any, special guests. The couple would very much want these people in the photos as well. Introduce yourself and your team to the wedding coordinator/planner as well. The coordinators and planners have a lot of important info on the couple and the event. If you missed getting specific instructions from the couple, the planner can probably help you out.
  5. Have fun, but be wary of your manners.
    It is vital that you know how to make the couple smile. Be cheerful! What you may lack in directing skills can be compensated with your cheerfulness and smiling face. But don’t forget your place. Be mindful of the jokes you say. It might make the bride laugh, but the groom might not get it, or their parents. And if you do make them smile, or laugh, don’t forget to squeeze that button!
  6. Call for reinforcements!
    We don’t know any wedding photographer who works alone. Even if you can handle shooting all the shots, who would hold up the lights, keep an eye on your stuff, or take pictures of the teary-eyed mom while you’re focused on the kiss? If you don’t have a crew or staff yet, invite friends to help out. But be sure to let the couple know how many members your team has.
  7. Secure your food and bring water!
    Didn’t think this was in the list huh? Yes, the hotel and the reception would probably serve lots of food and water, but would you really risk missing an important shot because you were out buying bottled water or busy looking for the waiter? Make sure that you discuss this with the couple. The couple most probably will, but this is why you should discuss. All that running around will surely drain your energy. Bring snacks, too!

We hope that this list will help both amateur and professional photographers alike. Of course this is just our take. There are still a lot of things need to be done. Each photographer has his own style and work ethic. Each situation requires different technique and action. Others might recommend you differently. The key is honesty, hard work and to never stop learning and acquiring new knowledge. Half of the learning comes from experience. Good luck!

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