Now that you’ve gotten to your location, done some pre-scouting, it’s now time to begin shooting! After you’ve connected with the bride, groom and wedding coordinator you want to make sure you’re where you need to be at all times. The pre-ceremony shots are a great time to not only capture the staged/planned photos, but also the perfect opportunity to capture candid shots as well.
Best practice is to know where you need to be and when, then fill in the gaps with captuing candid moments of the bridal party getting ready, guests arriving, as well as getting shots of the ceremony room and any setup shots. Remember that details are just as important as everything else! Below are some shots to get you inspired.
Arugeably the most important part of the wedding, you want to make sure you’re on your top game during the ceremony. This means spending some time before service starts to plan out where you need to be for the best shots, along with testing any crazy lighting conditions you might run into.
There are many moments you won’t want to miss during the ceremony, such as the bride and father walking down the aisle, first kiss and anything extra the couple might specifically want captured.
During the ceremony “talking times” we encourage you to move around and take advantage of creative angles that you might be able to capture.
Now comes the time of the night where things begin to die down a bit. If you are the main shooter, you are in charge of family photos. More often than not, you will have a family shot list given to you before hand, so as to make everything run a little quicker.
Once the reception begins, you need to determine as quick as possible if flashes are needed. If not, then you are good to go. If they are, then you will want to get them setup and tested as quick as possible. We like to setup a corner corner main technique, where you have two flashes facing each other on the corners of an invisible square, and then a main flash on your camera. This allows for you from most any angle to light the front of your subject with your main flash, and backlight them with one of the corner flashes.
As with the pre-ceremony, you want to make sure you stay on top of the schedule, and always be prepare for what is to come next. This will ensure no one is waiting on your to setup lighting or getting your shot right. When in doubt, and lighting situations are tough, throw on a flash!