Wedding photography is not that simple
Contrary to popular belief, wedding photography is not as simple and straightforward like you see in the movies. If you need facts about this, then all you need do is attend a wedding and be an observer of the sea of point and shoots featuring family members and friends eager to get the best shot as well as trying to coax family members into posing for the camera. The truth of the matter is that most people are ignorant of what a day in the life of a wedding photographer is really like.
The wedding photographer not only has to go about taking pictures but he or she also has to worry about including all key players in the wedding pictures. Remembering things like the bride’s parents being divorced and that the Mum cannot stand the Dad’s new wife or that the groom’s brother has an o going rivalry with the groom. But not all weddings are like this.
Keep track of timeline
There are a lot of other things such as keeping track of the timeline, being in the good books of the wedding coordinator while still maintaining an eye on that perfect shot without interfering with wedding proceedings. Also, taking care of the equipment and ensuring that they are fully functioning. If you are still curious, then take a look at what essex wedding photographer Joanne Tennant’s day is like:
8am – Clean camera lenses and equipment. Pack up all needed equipment from extra batteries, lenses to tripods. Verify the presence of contract, receipt books and phone numbers of key people at the wedding.
9am – Arrive at the home of the bride to document preparation for the wedding from makeup to dressing. Also send assistant to the groom to document progress.
11 am – Be at the location of the ceremony and scout out the locations that have the best lighting and backdrop. Also get a few test shots to see how they work, check in with wedding planner and debrief any assistants.
12 pm – Set up the shots of the bridal party including the parents of the couple. Have the assistant do the same for the groom.
1pm – Capture images of guests as they arrive at the wedding venue including those requesting for personal shoots. Identify key family members with the aid of the coordinator and review checklist of key shots.
2pm – 4pm – Set up at a suitable position to capture the ceremony from every angle including reactions to key moments. Follow the couple to the ceremony site and capture their exit.
4pm – 7pm – Arrive at the location for the reception and take shots before the guests arrive. Shoot the couple’s arrival and capture moments like first toasts, dance etc.
7pm -12am – Set up the photo booth for guests, capture shots of the cake cutting, entertainment and guests dancing.
12am – 2am – Get shots of the garter toss and bouquet catch if any. Gather supplies from the wedding coordinator and settle the payment. Arrive at home and backup the disk of the images to be edited.