Okay, you have your first wedding coming up and you have no idea how to run a wedding in the first place. This post is definitely going to be for you.
This is without a doubt one of the toughest parts of our job. It is up to us, and maybe the wedding planner, to meet with the couple and schedule slots in the wedding day for photo time. Before your first wedding, you’re going to want to calculate how long you think it will take to photograph certain things. You need to allow more time for things like families and bridal parties. You can allow less time for things like solo shots with just the couple. Do your best to plan out what poses you want the couple to do before hand. That leads us right in to our next section.
Posing for wedding photography can be extremely stressful, especially when you have never done it before. You have a very limited amount of time and you can’t be pulling out your phone mid shoot to look at your saved Instagram poses. You have to be fully knowledgeable on the spot of what you are going to do with the couple. Keep in mind, you don’t have to do anything crazy. Just keep it simple and sweet. Maybe have them slow dance or just even a hug can make for the sweetest shots.
Capturing “The Shot”:
“The Shot” is that one photo that the bride specifically wants. Wether it is a flower girl or the kiss under the alter, you need to make sure that you get this shot, otherwise, you are going to have a very unhappy client. Talk with the couple before hand and see if they want a second shooter to ensure that the shot gets taken. You need to have max coverage of every special moment in their day because you can’t redo a wedding day. If in the event the bride or groom does not want a second shooter, it is up to you to be in the correct position at the exact right moment. This is why we get paid so much. Our job is STRESSFUL. That is and understatement.
Yes, wedding photography is insanely stressful. By doing some research and studying up on what other photographers are doing, you’ll be fully prepared to solo shoot your first wedding.