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Wedding Photography Tips
For the seasoned pro, wedding photography is a breeze; [At this juncture I would remind you that there is a reason it is called a profession, so if you’re a bride reading this, if you can get a real professional it is the best option, save else where, see our saving money articles.]

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however, for someone who has just been requested (or even badgered, as is usually the case with close friends and family kind of ‘volunteering’ you do the job, “or else”…and you want to avoid the waterworks that are sure to follow the near-panic of pre-wedding couples) to help out with taking some pictures, here are some useful tips to keep in mind so you too can get better results from your efforts!

1.      Rule # 1 is not to add to the panic by saying you don’t know a sausage about wedding photography and reading up, consulting and watching how the pro at this (and if you can manage to attend other weddings before, all the better) wedding is doing the job. If you can, choose a point-and-shoot camera and great pictures with auto-focus taken care of for you will ensure better results.

Rule # 2 for wedding photography is related to doing more intensive preparations for the big day: ask questions about how many shots the wedding couple wants for each category (casual, formal, candid, group, individual, close-ups and event specific etc.) so you know how much to stock up on supplies on, including batteries, back-up and other details. 


Visit the wedding venue before as well as the other sites for wedding related photography to get an idea of the background and settings, so you are comfortable moving about with your photography equipment at the right time, when needed. For example, a pro would visit the church to check out the décor, lighting and general ambience besides permission given by the officiant at various stages for using the camera (most priests do not allow the use of flashes inside the church, so get a fast lens instead for times like this).


Be sure to get a digital camera for easy, fast and affordable wedding photography and also get an analog camera (just as back-up). Include adequate memory cards (minimum 2 GB cards) to make allowances for shaky or missed shots, in case you are unsure of the entire wedding proceedings and also keep a portable external drive handy (just in case you run short of space on any memory card).


Invest in a tripod, if necessary for taking group, formal shots; this is a handy piece of wedding photography equipment that ensures confident shots especially for indoor settings with low lighting.


Do remember to include photographs before the ceremony for a natural ‘lead-up’ to the celebrations e.g. at the bride’s house and at the groom’s house, whichever side you are from. You can include moments from dressing up to the house decorations, wedding support team and other family members rallying around to help and ‘mock shots’ of the group leaving the house for the wedding, which lessens the stress of not getting it right when they actually do. 




Arrive in time at the wedding venue to get some good scenic shots of the site: remember to watch for moments like the groom and the brides arrival respectively, the best man, maid of honor and bridesmaid processional, besides some candid shots of the groom laughing with pals or the bride being escorted by the father etc.


If your camera has a wide lens range, make the maximum use of this along with the tripod to get some slow speed shots (works well indoors) when inside the venue. In a church, synagogue, temple or other place of worship, try to get an aisle seat so you don’t cause a commotion and can move about freely, taking both wide-angle shots of all the guests as well as the venue highlights.


For best formal group shots, remember to enlist the help of a family member or friend to help arrange the guests in groups (whether table shots or standing before the wedding décor’s best points) and also take some candid shots of guests, ‘just hanging out.’

Important events during wedding photography to cover apart from the above include blessings, vows, the kiss/equivalent rituals, shots of the cake and cutting, dancing, speeches and farewell.





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