Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Basic Tips for Beginner Wedding Photographers

By Samuel Jackson

If you're just getting started as a wedding photographer, there are several things you should keep in mind. These tips will help guide you through your first wedding gigs, and will allow you to have a platform from which to grow. These are guidelines that every wedding photographer should be familiar with.

As you meet with couples who are looking for that someone to photograph their big day, you want to be as prepared as possible with your pitch. You should be ready to show them an album of the photos you've taken - pictures that you are most proud of. Make sure you vary the types of photos, because you don't want your client to think you are only one-sided. People like artistic, creative, and original photographers. They are looking for a person who will make their wedding day something to remember for years to come. Having a website dedicated to your photography can also significantly help your business.

Once you know the locations of where the photos will be taken, you might want to take time to visit these places. It's always nice to get a better idea of the lighting, the background, and the general atmosphere of the location. This will allow you to put more thought into the photos you'll take, which will in turn give your clients the photos they want and more.

When at the wedding and reception, freely take photos while the families are talking, walking around, and enjoying themselves. Don't be afraid to be close to the action, but try not to come off to demanding. You want the guests to enjoy themselves without feeling like you're in their faces constantly. Photograph the happy bride and groom, as well as their friends and family. Take group photos of the family, the children, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. Try various poses - serious and silly. Photograph the couple on the dance floor. And make sure to get several photos of individual objects, like table decorations, invitations, and the cake.

As you're heading out the door to the wedding, be familiar with the location, the estimated travel time, etc. Double check that you have all your belongings that you'll be needing for both the wedding and reception. It would be horrible to show up at the wedding with dead batteries in your camera and no spare set. Wedding photography can be a lot of fun, as long as you're willing to put a little extra effort into it. The more satisfied clients you produce, the better your wedding photography business will be. - 16651

About the Author: