Wedding Photography is a serious job, after all we only have one chance to get it right. Even the best laid plans are riddled with
mistakes lessons, making every wedding in my career a learning experience.
Here are some of my most recent lessons:
- Plan for nothing, Almost nothing but be prepared for everything. You will be amazed what can happen on a wedding day!
- Do the Grandparents portraits first, even if it messes up your portrait schedule, don’t make them wait around it’s rude.
- Don’t get so caught up with the bride that you alienate the groom’s family. Be sure they feel every bit as important it’s their day too!
- Always be sure you have a place for big enough for portraits, especially when you have 12 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen and 3 flower girls.
- Go with the flow. Don’t interrupt important parts of the day to compose your photo, suck it up and find a way to shoot it. ( I once worked with a photographer who re-positioned the flower girl mid- ceremony !!!! )
- It is not about location, it is about lighting and emotion.
- Always bring all of the bags inside…you DO need them weather you think so or not.
- Drink water, lots of water at weddings or you will pass out the next day during a client meeting and look like a total flake.
- It might not be the grandmother, she might be the stepmother….oops always ask about those special situations.
- Wear a big smile, be helpful and kind. Without fail people will tell you how awesome you are before they see a single photo.
- Always wear closed toe shoes or risk angering bees as you walk through the grass ( ouch !)
- Most equipment is un-needed and just in the way! Get good glass good light, take some classes and create!
- Make sure you don’t put the bride’s home address in your GPS by mistake on the way to the ceremony.
- Don’t tell brides when something small goes wrong cause they won’t notice and don’t need stress.
- Never let your assistant drive a motorcycle during wedding season or he might shatter his ankle, leaving you assistaint-less.
- Don’t make plans or appointments the day after a wedding if possible. Wedding “hangover” is real and it will take your legs.
- If you are in The South, like I am here in North Carolina- Be sure that your bride and wedding party know to drink plenty of water, or an ambulance will have to be called when heat stroke ensues.
- Every family has a crazy uncle who is the life of the party….it’s a fact.