As a wedding photographer, you are under an intense amount of pressure. If you happen to be the sole photographer – and you don’t have a second shooter – you have a lot of work to do.
It is why some schools of thought do advocate that a wedding photographer has a checklist at all times. Another school of thought believe that the more intuitively you let the day flow, the easier you snap creative pictures.
But having a checklist will save you a lot of stress, especially if you are a rookie on the job. And if you are experienced too, it never gets old does it? Melbourne wedding photography can be particularly stressful, and I am sure it is like that in many other places too.
By the way, I am discussing a checklist, not a shot list. With a checklist, you have a “set of rules” and “must-dos” for yourself, as the wedding photographer. A shot list – which is a list of pictures that must be taken – is important, especially if the couple provides one.
1. Gadget and Equipment
“As a writer is with his pen (or these days, his computer), so is the photographer with his gear”. Someone said that. That should be me.
You should check and re-check your gear. Make sure you both cameras are working well under different lighting conditions. Ensure that the lenses are clean. Check your memory cards (you should have lots of them). It is an embarrassment telling the couple you don’t have pictures because of memory card failure or because you simply exhausted all you have.
It is advised you have a complete set of backup gear too. Another set of cameras, batteries, lenses, flash, memory cards and whatnot.
Anything can happen so, be prepared to control the situation as a professional.
2. Dressing and Appearance
As professional as your job is, you should not go to your wedding event with a 3-piece suit or a tight formal dress. It is not a job interview or a business meeting. You should not be the focus of the wedding, but blend in, dressing in inconspicuous, dark colours.
As a Melbourne wedding photography venture at http://blackavenueproductions.com.au/, we make it our priority to be professional, both physically and service-wise.
You should appear professional, modest and smart. Note that I didn’t say formal or casual. You should be able to sit on the grass, bend, twist and do all the necessary movements to take the perfect shot. You will probably exhibit more poses than the bride herself.
Anyway, the checklist is simple. Get your tailored pants, tie, button-up shirt, and/or jacket ready, long skirt or fine dress ironed and washed the day before.
Wear simple shoes or sneakers too. Just make sure it is professional and ready.
Whether you know the venue beforehand or it is your first time, arrive early. Very early in fact. “Punctuality is the ‘soul of business’ and the ‘politeness of kings’”. A good way to show that you value your clients is to arrive early.
Remember that melbourne wedding photography can be exhausting. You want to get to the venue well before time and get yourself physically and mentally prepared.
The moment you get to the venue too, make sure the couple is aware so that they are not unnecessarily worried about you.
Getting to the venue, you can re-check to make sure you are ready for the day. It also gives you opportunities to snap pictures of the venue, tables, flowers and so on, before guests start to flow in.