Wedding photography is basically all about making sure that you are able to document the most important day in the life of the bride and the groom who hired you. That means, technically speaking, capturing the pictures and being able to touch them up and deliver them is your main point of concern one way or the other. You do not have to make your presence as the official photographer Berkshire known to the rest of the other guests out there just about every other minute. As a matter of fact, the less intrusive your presence is, the better. This is the main reason why investing in a really high quality telephoto lens is one of the best investments that any newcomer in the wedding photography can ever make for his career.
A telephoto lens will technically allow you to take close up shots or photos without having the camera shoved in the faces of people all of the time. You can just scoot to the back of the room and keep a respectable amount of distance without missing out on any important shots at all. It is the perfect tool in being invisible and still making good on your promised products or shots.
Clearly spell out the things that are to be included in your wedding photography service.
The first thing that you should make sure and pretty much get out of the way is the aspect of having to manage the expectations of the bride and of the groom before you even go ahead and agree to cover the wedding photography coverage and pretty much make everything official at some point or so. You should itemize all of the things that your clients should be getting and really map things out for them. Make sure that there is no room for confusion left in between. List all of the items in black and white and make sure that the bride and the groom understand pretty much anything and everything in between.
You cannot afford any kind of confusions that may eventually lead to the clients becoming dissatisfied with your service. If you can (and it is highly advised that you do), get everything down on paper. This will give both you and your clients something tangible to hold onto and something to check out as you go along. This will help you better align you with your goals and with all of the tasks that you will need to do in order for you to be able to successfully deliver your wedding photography service in all of its entirety.
Take your time when you are taking your shots.
There is no need to overshoot. Overshooting will actually bring you more harm than good. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to a maximum of three clicks per scene and that is it. Anything more than that and it will already more or less end up becoming excessive and will make things a little too confusing for you for when you are about to go through the post shoot processing phase of the images that you were able to capture.
Get a second shooter to accompany you in the wedding photography gig, regardless of how the odds may add up. Believe it or not, hiring a second shooter will really be worth every penny that you put into it. It will cover the issue of needing to have a second camera on standby that will serve as your insurance in the event that something happens to your main one. It will also make things so much easier for you during the wedding event because you can focus more on the important moments of the wedding events and follow through on your list of must have shots more efficiently than you ever could compared to when you are running all over the place and at your wit’s ends about where to begin and where to finish off at the end of the day.
It is quite understandable if you approach this issue with a little bit more caution than usual because of the fact that cash can be a bit on the down low especially if you are still starting out in the wedding photography industry but what you need to be rest assured of is the fact that there are cheaper solutions to getting a second shooter to assist you in the wedding photography gigs that you cover. Talk to the other new wedding photographers in your area and ask around if they are looking for second shooters in their wedding gigs as well. Offer to be the second shooter in their wedding events and in exchange, they could be the second shooter in your events. An exchange of service will equally benefit both parties and at no added cost. It solves the problem right then and there.
Back everything up twice
Preparation is everything when it comes to wedding photography. Work on everything twice. Invest or go ahead and buy twice the number of memory cards you need. Pack twice the amount of camera batteries that you will ever use. As the official Berkshire wedding photographer, Back up your image files twice and in two different places. Go through your editing process during the post shooting part twice as well just to make sure that there are no images whatsoever that you might have missed out on. When it comes to wedding photography, there is no such thing as being over prepared. Keep this in mind before you roll your eyes and scoff at the thought.
Keep a good enough stash of business cards.
Be ready to give them out during the wedding day event. One of the most common mistakes that wedding photographers commit is that they forget the intrinsic value of a well designed neat set of business cards. Give out your business cards to people you may come across during the wedding. As a matter of fact, even if you are not attending any particular event, it will still be best if you go ahead and have a few stashed in your planner; something that you can easily whip out in a moment’s notice. You’ll never really know when your next big client is going to show up so you might as well come prepared all of the time.