I think for most of us, a wedding is the most important event in someone’s life, for both the bride and the groom. As a San Diego wedding photographer capturing that moment is crucial, because the event is special and the memories will last a lifetime. Plus the fact that you really can’t have a do over.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to capture my best friend parents wedding. Now, normally this is a lengthy process and there are engagement pictures, wedding pictures, reception, and pictures at the dance. You get the point. For this particular wedding, we decided to throw cosh into the wind and just shoot the actual ceremony. Normally, I am anal about planning, but in this situation there really wasn’t enough time; especially two weeks before the wedding. Here are some tips that may help you:
Meet with the client ahead of time, preferably a few months ahead of the Big Day to discuss venue and shot list. (**Note: Some people plan a year in advance. **)
One of my favorites phrases, “Be Prepared”. Clean and inventory your equipment the day before. You don’t want to arrive on location, just to find out that your lenses have seen better days or that you forgot to bring extra batteries.
Also, send a little reminder to the client the day before of the shoot day and time, as sometimes people can be forgetful or there is total chaos.
Visit the site prior, during the actual ceremony to get a feel for the location and lighting. Be sure to bring your camera to get some practice shots in.
Arrive to the wedding location 20 to 30 minutes early, in case you need to do any last minute paperwork and setup.
Meet with the Wedding Coordinator, he or she is your best friend and will make the impossible, possible. Stick with them like glue.
Make sure that client looks his or her best, with both hair and make-up. Allow the client a few extra minutes time, for composure.
I know I lecture you on my favorite motto, about being prepared, but half-way through the shoot. My main camera starting acting up. I did some quick troubleshooting, but couldn’t rectify the issue, so I jumped on my backup camera and finished the shoot. Luckily, I had dialed in all the settings prior to mimic my main camera and I didn’t miss too many shots. To make a long story short, the bride and group were happy, as well as the client.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.