Wedding Photography

Hi All, A few of my friends have asked me to do there wedding photos, I have regretfully turned down a few because of nerves etc (i don’t want to ruin the big day with bad photos). But there is one wedding coming up (in June) that I will be taking photos for. Photography has been a hobby of mine for a few years and I have been putting a few pictures on Flickr (URL below), which is where my friends saw my photos and got the idea to ask me. I am not a great photographer, I am self taught, as a result my confidence at the moment isn’t great. Alas the time that I will be meeting the couple before the wedding and discussing events etc is fast approaching. Does anyone have any advice for the big day? Or what kind of things I need to ask them, when I meet with them soon? I will be very grateful for any tips you have to share. Thanks Simon PS. My Flickr photos : Hi Eric, thanks for your reply, I do actually have wedding photography on Flickr, from a wedding a few years ago but they are set to private at present, I will alter that in a few minutes for the purpose of this thread. Simon. I was so glad to find this — wedding photography is THE most stressful aspect of photography. . You could make or ruin a couples special day by what you do and how you do it. . you have to make sure that you have everything you need: 2x camera bodies 3+x lenses 2x flashguns tripod 5+x 4Gb memory cards (more small ones are better than 1 large one – if the card become unreadable, you have others to work with) you need to plan where you are going to shoot from – scope out the venues. . Speak to the organisers at the venues for information about flashes, etc. . Make sure your camera can cope with low light (especially in churches) everything should be planned out weeks in advance. . Alternative photography options if the weather is too bad for outside shots. . if possible, work with someone else – then you can have one person shooting the bride on her way to the event and another shooting the groom. . look at the work of other wedding photographers – like Crash Taylor. . Get ideas. . Don’t try to be over creative. . That comes with experience. . use the internet to help you in everything to do with wedding photography. . Get books. . E-books. . Everything you can. .

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  1. My photography teacher said she photographs weddings sometimes and said it’s sort of nerve racking because you’ve to capture all the moments that only happen once, I’m sure you’ll do a great job

  2. To start with, your portfolio shows nothing that is even remotely related to weddings.
    You have no event photography, no portraits, no product shots, no low light . . .

    Weddings are demanding, you need a good technical understanding because the shots are then and there . . . you miss it and it;s gone for ever and then you’ve an angry bride and groom. The lighting conditions are also attrocious (on average) and if you don;t understand how to use a speed light carefully (when it’s allowed) or if you don;t have fast glass and a camera that is capable of producing quality images at ISO 3200 then you are in for a REALLY rough time.

    Gear wise, you should have the following:
    1 main camera
    1 backup camera
    24-70 f2. 8 (or similar but f2. 8 is key)
    70-200 f2. 8 (see above)
    50mm f1. 4 (or a cheap nifty fifty if you really have to)
    A junk lens as an emergency backup
    Two speed lights
    Spare camera batteries
    Tons of batteries for your speed lights
    plenty of SMALL memory card (I shoot on 2, 4 and 8 gig cards)

    This is a bare bones kit . . . if you don’t have this, then you need to buy or rent it.

    Learn how to do fill flash, learn how to bounce flash of walls and ceiling, grab any friends and go practice any portrait work.

    I honestly don’t think you should do this but that’s your decision.

  3. I have to wonder why they would see a portfolio with no people shots and think you’d be a good choice for their wedding photographer. Having people as a subject is very different from having airplanes or zoo animals. Shooting in low light ,as weddings often are, presents its own set of difficulties in capturing the moment.

    Start today by looking at some good wedding sites and seeing what sort of images are expected. Go to some pro photographer sites and pay real attention to the posing of the bride, couples and groups. Practice that a lot between now and the wedding. Memorize some shots you want to get and practice posing and putting people where and how you want them. Every bridal site has lists of “must-have” shots. Print one and go over it with the B&G.

    Here is a link I often leave for first time wedding shooters:

  4. I had a browse through your Flickr, and I think it’s obvious where you passion lies. Now I don’t shoot weddings, frankly it’s something that scares the pants off me, but if I had to I know what I’d do – homework, and make lists.

    Try to find books, magbooks, on-line tutorials, what ever you – and make your own notes as you go through stuff. Visit the church (attend the rehearsal if you can and even take some test shots), registry office, and the location of any associated festivities, keeping a notebook with you at all times. Have a look through the photos of other weddings you’ve attended – to get the idea of the sort of shots in the sort of numbers you’ll need to be taking.

    Do, your best! Hopefully this will work out okay, though it’s worth remembering that what I’ve suggested above is all rather formulaic, you’ll have to hunt out your own passion and apply it to this.

    *I’m trying to put a positive spin on this but to be honest I tend to agree with Eric and Ara. . .

  5. So long as your honest with the couple and explain your not a pro and this is your first time shooting a wedding and they still want you. . . . . . . . . relax! Make a list to hand to the best man or someone with what shots you want e. g
    1. bride and groom
    2. bride and parents
    3. groom and best man. . . . . . . . etc.

    I found it was much easier having someone who knows most people there to help you gather people up for their photos. As far as kit goes I shot my first wedding with a camera and a flash, you don’t need all this fancy gear. . . . . don’t get me wrong it does help but with a good eye its not the be all and end all.

    The most important thing is to relax, a stiff photographer is not a sight you want to see on your big day, have fun with it!

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