Wedding photos capture once-in-a-lifetime moments. When all the food has been consumed, the decorations have been removed, the wedding venues have been left, and gown and accessories have been kept, only these photos can provide more vivid memories of the event. No photographer would want to ruin his career with avoidable blunders. Here are top wedding photography tips to satisfy customers and keep having referrals:
- Be clear with expectations and coverage of the photo package
As in any business deal, expectations must be clear before execution. Nothing else makes an irate customer than the perception of getting less of what has been paid. On the other hand, no other factor can surely lead to an unprofitable business than spending more than budgeted production expenses.
To prevent frustration with the other party, it is best for these expectations to be formalized in a contract. A signed contract clearly sets limits and coverage of service, and protects both parties from unnecessary lawsuits.
- Finalize a list of shots before the wedding
Wedding day is surely a busy day – a perfect backdrop for forgetting something. A list of shots not only paves the way for the production of a complete set of the couple’s preferred shots and avoiding ire from guests whose shots have been missed. Make sure to get a shot of their wedding rings and any other shots you feel they may treasure. It is a crucial factor in making orderly and fast pictorials in the ceremonial venue and the reception area.
- Have extra batteries, memory cards and camera
There are no excuses for running out of power supply or memory; neither are there for an unforeseen breakdown of either memory card or camera. Going back to one’s office or house to retrieve spares is clearly not an option.
- Check the location/s before the wedding
Scouting the location enables one to see ways to exploit natural configurations at the venues and anticipate potential challenges in setting-up equipment, taking angles and adjusting lighting. Taking sample shots enables one to prepare for the shots to be taken on the day itself. Of course, the photographer should visit the location at the same time of the day as that of the wedding.
- Know the customs or religion of the couple
Different customs or religions have different sets of rules. Some cathedrals do not allow flash during ceremonies. Some religions may have ceremonial highlights that may seem ordinary to a non-practitioner. Clearly, one has to do background research or talk with the couple regarding rules during the ceremony or at the venue/s.