To be part of such a special and momentous occasion, such as a wedding, is a very important role, and one which should take careful and precise planning to ensure the best service is given to the couple getting married.
It is vital that the Wedding Photographer meets with the couple prior to the Wedding to gain a clear insight into what is expected of him on the day, what the specifications are and how best these can be met and delivered.
There is room for advice and compromise from the Photographer who should use his expertise to guide the couple to achieve the best results given their criteria for the day.
It is essential to list all of the requirements and plans of when photos are appropriate and the subject matter, for example, after the couple are married, the formation of families and friends who also wish to be captured.
Wedding photography although it takes much planning and senstitivity to meet the needs of the couple, can also have a slight off the cuff feel to it, and is a perfect platform for capturing some of the more unposed for moments too, the real romance of the day captured in many ways.
It could be suggested that the Wedding Photographer meet the Bride to be on the morning of the Wedding to catch the whole preparation of both herself and any bridesmaids and perhaps the Mother to be, Wedding Photography although quite staged and pre empted has to also allow for flexibility and the Wedding Photographer has to respect the subjects personal space and perhaps their nerves and general emotion of the day, therefore Wedding Photography needs to be at times discreet and the Photographer needs to not be imposing.
To achieve the best images possible the Photographer should always visit the Venue way before the big day, or even more than once, depending on weather conditions, Wedding Photography can be dictated to of course by the weather and it is essential to pre plan lighting issues and the availability and accessibilty of indoor space should the weather turn for the worse.
Usually it is best to talk with the Vicar or Registrar to determine when it is best to take Photos, when they prefer flash photography not to be used, and also the route taken by the newly married couple so that the Photographer can be always one step ahead, to manage the occasion with ease and whilst appearing relaxed!!
There are the classic Wedding shots always captured, the exchanging of the rings, the first kiss, and the couple walking away, newly married, capturing images of the spectating guests is always a bonus.
Outside the venue be aware of the backdrop to your Wedding Photography, choose an appropriate clean place, with little distraction in the foreground, thus ensuring the main subject is the happy couple!
It needs to be determined, beforehand, whether Wedding photography is to be carried out for the whole day, or just part of it, this takes away any confusion or expectations not being met, some couples like the Photographer to be there til the end of the Evening Reception.. it is essential to establish this beforehand.
Above all, enjoy yourself, get caught up in the moment and feel blessed to part of such a treasured moment.