The wedding day can be a stressful day for anyone, even the photographer. However, there are ways to combat this feeling by being as prepared as possible. Below you will find a checklist that we have found to help us best prepare for the day, specifically in the area of gear. Check and re-check this list before the day of your shoot. This ensures you don’t show up to the wedding with dead batteries, full memory cards or worse, no bow tie. For any and all extra details, refer to your T-Sheets Notes for more details on day of.
- Lenses (wide and zoom)
- Formatted memory cards (at least two to ensure security)
- Charged batteries (atleast three if possible)
- Computer (if dumbing cards is necessary)
- Batteries for flashes
- Flash stands
- Flash diffusors (if necessary)
- Proper attire (all black unless otherwise requested)
- Bow Tie
- Wedding info (location, time, etc.)
Knowing your location can be the biggest benefit to you on the wedding day. With that being said, it’s highly encouraged to become familiar with your locations before the day. You can do this many ways. Visiting Google Maps and using the arial or streetview to get an idea of the surroundings, using Google Images to see of past images that have been taken at the venue, or visiting the venu’s website if they have one.
With that being said, even those options may not help you everytime, so we encourage you to arrive as early as possible to the venue to take a walk around youself and gain inspiration.
Shot planning can be one of the most difficult tasks, but when done ahead of time saves tons of effort in the long run. You can never plan too much when it comes to shots and knowing where to be and when. With that said, after pre-scouting, begin thinking of shot ideas as well as coordinating the optimal times to be where and when.
For example, if you need to capture the bride putting on her dress at 5:00p, but then capture the groom getting ready at 5:30p it’s going to be a lot easier if you already have your shots planned ahead of time. This isn’t to stifle creativity, as there is always time for that. This is however to make sure we at least get what we need, just in case something crazy happens.
There are many avenues for shot inspiration, such as Pinterest, Google Images as well as your own past images to draw from.