How many times a day during a wedding do you wish you had prepared and known what is going to happen before? Everything happens fast in a wedding and many of them are unexpected. Neither you or your clients know what was going to happen and you were still expected to be able to take great shots. Of course, you wonder how many professionals managed to pull the tricks. Natural wedding photography is harder than it seems; how can everything just seem so perfect at the right time?
Preparation is key
We don’t predict the future. None of us can, not even the weather forecaster as they occasionally miss. But, we can prepare for it.
Bring extra props
Most couples and coordinators have all the props they need for the photo shoot session and the wedding. But, it’s always reassuring to bring your own props. In case something goes wrong, someone forgets, you know that you’re going to be the hero that saves the day.
Props: Hangers, ring box, photo frames with quotes, or some simple DIYs.
Bring extra memory cards
Well, it’s never enough. Depending on how you work, you will need more or fewer memory cards than other photographers. But, since that you will possibly be snapping as many pictures as you can when an important scene happens in front of you, you want to capture several pictures without having to worry about deleting some on the spot just to make space for later.
Discuss in detail
Talk about the things that they want to see in the wedding album. And we’re not talking about a long ass list of things to shoot. It’s the specific requests; like that unique post the bride wants to do with her best friend, the things that only the grooms do with his crazy friends and so on. You are a professional wedding photographer, so obviously, you don’t talk about whether or not to take do the obvious things like taking pictures of the bouquet.
Attending the rehearsal or visiting the venue
Whenever you are unsure, always make the extra trip. You will also be in luck if your clients invite you to their rehearsal dinner. Unless you are a pro, there is less likely anyone who will hire you to shoot somewhere far. Assuming the place is within a reasonable distance, go.
If you are not invited, Google, search and visit the place. Don’t make your first visit during the wedding day, as you will definitely have no idea of where the best spots are and how you should pose your clients.
Wedding ceremony manners
Talk to the officiant
Churches have different regulations regarding the prohibitions during the ceremony, so it’s best that you and your clients know what is and what isn’t allowed. Some prohibit the photographer from taking any pictures, so make sure that no one is going to be in your way once pictures are allowed.
The sound of the shutter clicking is going to be disturbing as everyone’s quietly observing when the two flesh becomes one. You’d want to set it into silent mode or lower the sound as much as possible. Although, some cameras do not have the mode to keep it quiet, and this should be your consideration whenever buying a camera (but shouldn’t top off the more important aspects like pictures quality, ISO, and useful modes).
Keep your eye open
Aside from the important session, such as cut the cake and bouquet throwing, keep your eyes peeled for those surprises. Friends are just interesting in that way. They’ll do things unexpected and it is up to you to capture the moments. This is one of the essences of natural wedding photography.