Wedding photography can be a tough job especially if as a photographer you fail to take note of the little details. The little details are what can unmake or make a photographer on the day of a wedding. So, what are these details?
Failure to Create a Schedule of Events
So, the bride tells you what she wants, but a few days later, she calls saying she wants a few other things added and asks if you can eliminate certain parts already agreed upon (change the shade of the pictures to monochrome, let us shoot in the afternoon etc.). This may go on for quite some time and you find yourself with probably a week to the wedding and 3 changed schedules. What you should do at this point in time is to reach out to the bride, possibly have a sit down and finally agree on what should happen on the day of the wedding so as to prevent confusion and disappointment.
Failure to adhere to the schedule
On the day of the wedding, the wedding couple believes that you will be following the schedule already agreed upon. Normally, this schedule contains details of shots to be taken, the time for the shots and the likes. As a photographer, you are allowed to want to express your creativity but do not do that at the detriment of the couple. If the couple says they want a certain shot taken then ensure you do so before satisfying your own creative whim. This way you get to satisfy the needs of the client first and perhaps have more to offer for them creating a win-win situation.
Focusing on taking pictures and not about the moments
In Jade Doherty Photography, one thing we strive to do is capture the moments that take place in a wedding and not just click pictures. A wedding is made up of people and moments and for a good photographer, their pictures should be about telling the story of the moments that make the wedding what it is – a joyous occasion. So, during the wedding, do not pay attention to only the angle of your camera or how the light distorts a shot, although they matter, it should not come first before the memories.
Posing is one thing most photographers have their clients do on their wedding day. However, in the age we live in, this should not be the only thing making up the album. Not every picture in the wedding album should be staged afterall, the wedding will comprise of various moments that are not staged. You can decide to have preliminary shots of the couple on a staged platform, but strive to mix in a little originality and pictures of things as they occurred naturally.
Remember, the wedding day of a couple comes just once and the memories made on that day are not ones you can create just any day. As the wedding photographer, your responsibility is to ensure that they have perfect memories of that day in the pictures you shoot. Therefore, you should try as much as possible to avoid making mistakes such as those mentioned above.