Lots of people think that if you hire a wedding photographer, you need to sit down and write out a full list of all the kinds of important shots that you’re looking for. You can kind of see where this comes from. It used to be that wedding photographers only had so many rolls of film to shoot. They had to make sure that they got all the important shots. Bridal magazines would give out very specific ideas on what kind of shots to get – like “Get a shot of the bride looking happily at the cake as the mother clasps her hands together standing behind”. These kinds of instructions aren’t really necessary these days when digital cameras can hold thousands of pictures. Check out this set of wedding photography tips on all the other myths and fake beliefs there are that come with the territory.
People really love the idea of beautiful wedding portraits these days – where there are formal pictures of all the important people in the wedding. Quick lists of wedding photography tips will often make it sound like wedding photographers who shoot in a journalistic style – wedding photojournalists – don’t do formal portraits.
This isn’t true at all. Just because they shoot in a reporter’s style, like they are capturing news as and when it happens, doesn’t mean they can’t do anything that is posed and prepared. Any wedding photographer – of the journalism persuasion or anything else – is supposed to be completely equipped for anything.
Often, people will think that if it’s a large wedding, that there’s more going on than what just one wedding photographer can handle. And so, they’ll divide their photography budget up in two and hire two mediocre photographers. They think that they’re getting more for their money.
Now nothing could be farther from the truth. You may have ten inexperienced photographers at your wedding, and they would still miss lots of important things if they don’t have experience covering a wedding. You want an experienced photographer. No matter what.
Outdoor weddings have become popular. But often, the weather can play spoilsport by literally raining on your parade. This does not mean though that an experienced photographer won’t be able to take many good pictures.
You’ll find wedding photography tips everywhere on how to make the most of a rainy day. Make sure your photographer is skilled enough at his craft that he knows how to work his camera for the best results in unpleasant weather.
And finally, to put to rest a particularly stubborn myth that never seems to leave us, you can’t hire an amateur for a wedding just because he seems to know more …