Powerful Wedding Photography Tips & Ideas:
The Complete Guide

Have you ever wanted to learn how to photograph a wedding like a pro? Or learn the best wedding photography tips & tricks from a professional photographer to capture those precious moments and memories for newlyweds?

Then, you need to check out this iPhotography™ guide. It’s packed with wedding photography tips and ideas on how to take stunning photos on the big day and avoid the common mistakes that every new photographer makes.

Over the years, the Tutors here at iPhotography have shot hundreds of weddings and engagement photo shoots. Now we want to share our best wedding photography tips and techniques to our faithful and dedicated students.

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Becoming a Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography is one of the most popular ways of turning your hobby into a career. It’s an ideal place to make money from your photography and a fantastic opportunity to get noticed in the local community.

But all too often amateurs and semi-pros overlook the essentials when either preparing their photography equipment, planning their poses or composing their shots, resulting in poor wedding photographs. 

Remember, you only get one chance for each special day!

So, we are here to help you overcome that pressure and turn every wedding photograph you take into a magical memory for the bride and groom to cherish forever.

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Now we understand that everyone has a different approach to photography, and weddings are no different. Whether you prefer formal wedding poses or the reportage side then this guide will help you.  We’ll look at the best techniques, ideal wedding photography lighting, along with hidden tricks and little-known tips that professional photographers use when directing the Bride, Groom and even the whole wedding party!

But before we get into that, let’s talk about how to prepare yourself for the big day.

Wedding Photography Checklist

This is essential.

Without a wedding photography checklist, you will inevitably miss something out of your shoot.  This could be fatal to the start of promising wedding photography career. A Bride and Groom won’t be pleased to know you forgot to take pictures of them cutting the cake or the Mother of the Bride’s decadent hat!

So, listen up….

Take time to meet up with the happy couple who have chosen you to capture the special memories of their happy day. Visit them a few weeks before and find out as much as you can about their wedding and their expectations of you.

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Put these questions on your checklist
  • Do they want lots of posed formal wedding photographs?
  • Or do they prefer a natural and candid approach?
  • What parts of the day do they want you to cover? Bridal preparation, Ceremony, Meal, Speeches, Cake cutting, Party/Disco etc.,
  • What’s the starting time for these parts? (expect there to be delays – you’ll find no wedding runs on time!)
  • Are there any special activities or surprises planned that guests don’t know about?
  • How many guests will be present?
  • Is there anyone who they don’t want photographed? (Sounds silly, but you’ll be surprised how often an unwanted Aunty or vaguely known Cousin is put to the back of the shots)
  • Do they want a big group shot of everyone together?
  • What time will the wedding finish?
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These are going to be important questions to ask as you build your Wedding Photography checklist and they will help you form the basis of your approach. If you’re being asked to photograph from start to finish, you’ll know you’ll need some lights (as the daylight fades) and some extra accessories for example. But if you’re only needed for the actual ceremony, you can travel lighter.

It’s vitally important to know what the couple want to do with the final photographs too. Some newlyweds just want digital copies on a CD/USB drive to share on social media, others may request you to make an album for them or a big canvas of their happy day.

Either way, it’ll help you decide whether you need to shoot the wedding in high-quality JPEGs or RAW files.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride If unsure, shoot RAW

The Happy Couple

One very important not to forget is to ask the couple is:

‘Do you have any ideas of your own?’

Ultimately, it’s their day and there’s nothing more professional than involving the Bride and Groom (to-be) in the creative process. There are brilliant websites such as Pinterest, Behance, Flickr and 500px which are ideal resources to gain inspiration for different styles of wedding photography. Ask your happy couple to have a look and send you some of their preferred wedding picture ideas.

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Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – It’s a good idea for you to make your own ‘inspirational mood board’ to show the Bride and Groom the type of photographs that you’d like to take and possible wedding photography poses, especially if this is your first wedding.

Wedding Photography Shot List

Write down all the possible combinations of portrait shots you could capture during the wedding day. Think about all the other people taking part in the ceremony such as Page Boys and Flower Girls, it’s a good idea to place them at the front of your group so they aren’t hidden by others.
 
  • Bride and Groom – obviously!
  • Bride and Maid of Honor
  • Bride and Bridesmaids
  • Page Boys and Flower Girls
  • Groom and Best Man
  • Groom and Groomsman
  • Bride, Groom and Parents
  • Bride, Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor
  • Bride, Groom, Page Boys and Flower Girls
  • Bride and Bridal Family
  • Groom and Family
  • Best Man & Maid of Honour
  • Mothers of the Bride and Groom
  • Fathers of the Bride and Groom
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Cross them off as you go, so don’t forget a pen! It makes it much easier to know you’ve captured all the shots your newlyweds asked for. You’ll start to look like a professional wedding photographer already.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – A clever trick we use is to write down all the combinations and put them on a sticker behind the camera’s flip out screen. Concealed and neat!

Don’t forget a shot of all the whole wedding congregation (you’ll definitely need a wide lens for this, anything between 15mm-25mm should be fine)

Now your shot list is ready, is your kit bag?

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Wedding Photography Camera Bag Tips

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What Do You Put In a Wedding Photography Camera Bag?  As little as possible, but enough to cover all eventualities!

Confused? We know.

But don’t worry, what we mean is travel as light as possible.

You’re going to be on your feet for hours, so you don’t want heavy bags.

It’s a good idea to check out the weather beforehand so you’ll know if you need to take provisions.

Try to borrow or rent a backup camera (something you’re familiar with) in case the worst should happen during the wedding – it’s rare, but not implausible.

Compact cameras are in truth, useless for weddings, they will not operate fast enough to capture all the fleeting moments of the day.

If you are a beginner in wedding photography (with a view to becoming) more serious then you need to consider investing in a reliable mirrorless or DSLR camera.

Fast shooting cameras are really important if you want to make the most of the day.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – This doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands on a new upgrade, these days an entry level DSLR which offers 16 Megapixels is more than suitable to photograph a wedding.

Here are a few other wedding photography essentials all photographers should have in their bag on the big day:

 
  • Extra camera batteries (make sure they’re fully charged the night before)
  • Neck or hand strap (we’ve known sweaty palms be the cause of many a broken camera)
  • A zoom lens (unless you have dedicated wide and telephoto lenses already)
  • Tripod
  • Reflector (a small fold up one will be ideal)
  • UV filter (protects the lens against champagne spray!)
  • Extra memory cards (the faster writing speed the better, you’ll be taking lots of shots so you won’t want to slow down)
  • Off Camera Flash (this depends on the location and the time of day. But if you do, take spare batteries and a wireless trigger)
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Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Use a camera bag that allows you to strap your tripod to it to keep your hands free. Go for a backpack style over a shoulder bag as it’ll help you keep balanced and won’t strain one side of your body. It’s not uncommon for professional wedding photographers to suffer from permanent bad backs and RSI’s from years of miscarrying their equipment.

Do I Need Props?

Again, it’s your call but if they’re small and easy to use, then why not? Little glass balls and balloons can make your shots quite unique and help you start to develop a certain style of wedding photographs.

An ornate photo frame can make for quirky shots as all the guests can have a play. The Bride and Groom may already have some cute props arranged so it’s best to check first.

Morning of the Wedding

Typically, but not exclusively, most wedding photographs begin with the Bridal party’s preparation. Expect to be graced by rooms strewn with clothes, champagne and makeup – therefore you’ll have to be clever to work in small spaces to make use of mirrors and Dutch tilts.

A make-up artist will be vying for your attention of the Bride during the preparations as they beautify the lady of the day. It’s a good opportunity to turn your attention to other party members like the Father of the Bride rehearsing his big speech or the Mother of the Bride wiping away her tears of happiness. 

These candid moments add to the story of the wedding.

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The lengthy nature of preparing the Bride should not be forgotten, you generally only wear a wedding dress once in your life so make sure you’re capturing all the small details of the day too like the amazing hairstyles, the delicately painted nails, the luscious wedding flowers, those killer heels and above all THE dress.

Wedding dresses are their own fashion, no two are the same and reminding the blushing Bride of her fabulous outfit through your photographs will never be forgotten.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the BrideDial back your exposure compensation function to stop a white dress being too white and losing all that fine silk and lace detail.

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The last-minute pep talks between Father and Daughter are special as they share a final moment before she steps into the waiting cars and heads to meet her one true love. If you don’t want to intrude, stand back and use a longer lens to capture the intimacy of the moment.

As she’s whisked away into the fancy wedding car grab those poignant shots of the Bride leaving her family home to start a new chapter in her life.

Knowing that you’re not Superman and you can’t be in two places at once, don’t put pressure on yourself to photograph the Groom’s preparations as well, unless they are only a few doors away. If we can speak from experience, the Groom’s preparations take a lot less time, so your opportunities may be fleeting. You’ll know where to divide your time if you speak to the couple in advance.

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Here Comes the Bride

With your camera poised you are going to be like the Bride’s shadow for the next few minutes as she leaves the car and walks down the aisle. But don’t forget there are other important figures to feature. Standing near the Groom and looking down the aisle will help you capture that iconic moment as the doors open and the ceremony begins.
Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Tears will be running amongst the congregation, but it’s the Groom’s reaction to seeing his Bride that will memorable and instant, to see natural emotions makes your images powerful.
Implement that zoom lens and track the Bride as she and her Father commence their glide towards the front.

Check beforehand with the ceremony officials that you are allowed to use a flash at this point as a lot of venues can be dark and dimly lit. You may have to compete with the flashes of excited guests, so you’ll have to be fast.

There’s no harm in shooting in burst mode to capture the famous entrance.

Ceremonies, depending upon the religion of the happy couple may last between 15-30 minutes.  It’s a quick event in the scheme of the whole day, so move around, trying not to distract anyone and take your opportunities to capture the presentation of the wedding rings, the crying parents, the fidgety flower girls and the sleepy uncles!

That zoom lens will help you capture all the truths of the day which the Bride and Groom will not otherwise see.

Get back down to the bottom of the aisle when their first kiss is in the bag and be ready for the walk out.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Ask the newlyweds just to pause as they reach the exit to take some memorable shots of them emerging as the new Mr & Mrs. They won’t be able to hide their emotions so let them be as cuddly and kissy as they want. Don’t forget to congratulate them as well!
There’ll be a lot of milling about after the ceremony for all the guests to congratulate the newlyweds as well, so look sharp and photograph all those important reactions and interactions.

These shots will be perfect in black and white if you decide to edit your images afterwards, the emotion of the wedding is ideally translated through simpler tones such as black and white, whereas colour adds the energy and a more general description of the location.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Keep an eye on your memory card space and battery level every now and again to make sure you’re not about to take vital shots on 1% battery power. Keep a spare quickly accessible to minimise gaps.
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Tips & Tricks for Posing Newlyweds

Once you get your beautiful newlyweds away from the crowds, like Hollywood starlets at a premiere, then you’ll have a bit of peace and quiet to take those all-important shots. Remember to take a moment to breathe and relax for a moment, this is the only calm moment of the day, so enjoy it.

There’s no harm in having your mood board and inspiring shots printed out in your back pocket to reference, and it helps the couple understand how you want to pose them.

They’ll still be quite giggly and intimate so make use of those natural reactions and ask them to gaze into each other’s eyes lovingly – it shouldn’t be too hard to do!

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Here’s a list of some wedding photography poses you could try out and what makes each of them different;
Front Facing
Front facing shots deliver intimacy and shows a unified pairing

Full Length
Full length compositions give a sense of scale and location to the frame, which can be useful if you want to incorporate the venue in to the background
Close Up
Close up portraits are extremely romantic and personal, cutting out everything around and only focusing on the loving emotions

Walking Away
Walking away shots allow a more voyeuristic perspective, creating the connotation of the newlyweds walking off into the sunset to start their new life together.

Silhouettes
Silhouetted portraits demonstrate the shape of the wedding dress as is a nice alternative twist

Stylized
Stylized shots are more creations from the photographer’s mind, they can look dramatic like a film poster, funny or totally off the wall – either way, it’s going to say something about the photographer when other people look at them, so make sure you’re happy with it.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Wide apertures and low f-numbers (i.e. f/4) are perfect for eliminating background distractions and keeping your newlyweds sharp amongst a delicious haze of bokeh.
Another great wedding photography trick is to not overlook those detail shots; get really close up to photograph the wedding rings in unison and the beautiful Bride’s floral bouquet.

Remember to talk to your clients, keep it light-hearted and fun, encourage the Groom to shower his new wife in kisses, suggest a cheeky grab of her bottom (make sure you capture her reaction!) or even sweep her off her feet in graceful gesture, all of these little tips will keep the smiles flowing and the laughter natural.

Once you’ve got the majority of the shots in the bag and you’ve still got time then consider using any props you’ve brought to add a unique touch to your pictures. Smoke bombs and fairy lights are cute little additions – don’t forget to rope in an extra pair of hands if you need help.

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Traditional Wedding Photography Tips

As soon as the Bride and Groom are dealt with, then it’s time to get the rest of the guests involved.

Again, use your list to make sure no-one is left out. Now as odd as this may sound, this part requires 10% photographic skill and 90% crowd control skills

You may be dealing with 5-10+ people in every following shot so you need to make sure your voice is heard clearly (without being rude) to get everyone in position.

Typically, the Bride and Groom always take center stage and the rest of the group filters in either side.

Try placing the Groom’s family to the right and the Bride’s to the left, and place the important people close to the middle. Don’t have a random work colleague stood next to the Bride while her Father is stuck on the end (unless that’s what the couple have requested – ouch!

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Grade the assembled line by height to make a clear composition or couple everyone up, Bride & Groom, Father & Mother of the Bride, Father & Mother of the Groom, Best Man and Bridesmaid etc.,

A good wedding photography tip would be to keep your lens on a wide perspective to fit everyone in, shoot at eye level or slightly elevated.  If you have to position people into rows you may need a little step or raised platform nearby.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – We’ve found that multi-tasking is essential here, talk from behind the camera based on what you see through the viewfinder, ask people to ‘shuffle in to the left, stand on tiptoes at the back, cuddle up tighter, cheer up, shout congratulations’ to get them to do what you need.

Make sure you speak loud and clear.

Modern Wedding Photography Tips

There’s still compositional rules to abide by to make your shot look aesthetically pleasing, but if your couple wants something contemporary then be prepared to push the boundaries.

Modern wedding photography expresses more drama, emotion and flair than a traditional picture. Be prepared to embrace the use of more props and more creative wedding photography techniques. Sparklers are a great way of igniting your wedding shots to look enchanting.

Slow down your shutter speed to about 5 seconds and as you start the exposure get sparkling assistants to draw letters to spell out ‘LOVE’ or draw a big heart around the group. This may take a few attempts to get right though.

 

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Anytime you slow down your shutter to slower than 1/60th then you’ll get camera shake from handheld shots so use your tripod for crystal clear shots.
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Play around with different angles and perspectives on the groupings, bring the Bride or Groom closer to the lens and push the Bridesmaids to the background and use a wide aperture to blur out their presence.

Get down low and make them look dramatic and powerful like a group of Superhero Groomsmen.  Even ask them to put on their best poses with folded arms and puffed out chests. Try moving in really close and get everyone to huddle around the camera like they’re talking a selfie but with a quality finish.

Feel free to cut out the faces altogether and look for funky perspectives like multi coloured socks, champagne, colorful shoes or coordinated bow ties. These are the quirks designed by the Bride and Groom, so it makes the photographs even more personal to their wedding day.

Push the boundaries as far as everyone is comfortable with, listen to their suggestions but don’t be afraid to say no, or change it slightly to make it a more photographable moment.

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Tips For Photographing The Wedding Breakfast

OK, this part of the day can happen at any time, but it’s always called the breakfast. Don’t ask us why!

Photographically speaking, hungry people eating food isn’t normally flattering or attractive to capture so it’s a great time for you to take a break from the festivities.

But, before the room fills with guests it’s a superb opportunity to photograph the wedding breakfast room in its pristine nature.

Wide shots and high angles will help demonstrate the size of the venue.

Don’t forget about the close detail shots of items like;

  • Centerpieces
  • Seating arrangements
  • Table decorations
  • Seat covers
  • Floral arrangements
  • Wedding Cake

At the end of the day, a cake is a cake, it will only look as good as its creator can make it, so don’t stress over its look.

Just try out a few different camera angles (without touching it).  Overhead shots are unusual as well as using a flash with a small aperture to make the background black, which emphasizes the cakes’ colors and fine detail.

Once the guests start to enter, it becomes more crowded and distracting so take your time to get good strong shots when you can.
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Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Where possible, have the rule of thirds compositional grid on your camera’s LCD to help you compose every frame quickly and correctly. It’s a fantastic guide to make sure every shot is balanced.
Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – A little bit of wedding photography advice is that indoor venues will always throw up a mix of lighting, so be prepared to create a custom white balance to remove those warm incandescent tints in your shots, or shoot on auto and tweak them on the computer afterwards.

Wedding Speech Photography Tips

For a moment everyone’s attention is not on the camera when the speeches commence which allows you more stealth to move around the wedding guests to photograph the heart-warming, emotionally charged speeches from the top table. Your camera will be like a tennis spectator, panning back and forth between the speaker and the guest’s reactions, so slide your shutter speed to 1/160th or quicker, without underexposing to make sure you don’t get motion blur.
Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Crank up the ISO setting to balance the exposure if you need, but remember grain and noise will creep in to your shot above 800 ISO. Though, this could add to the atmosphere of the shots, especially if you want it to look quite gritty and raw. You could possibly reduce some of that noise when editing afterwards.
See if there are any spare seats and take a perspective from the guest’s point of view, you may get a few heads in your way, but focus your camera on the speaker and the foreground will blur out the distractions nicely. It gives a nice natural perspective which only certain people at the wedding would see.
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Cutting the Wedding Cake

You won’t be able to spend too much time posing and delicately positioning people when the cakes about to be cut. Copious amounts of alcohol have been drunk by this point and the party is almost in full swing, so it’s more like photographing amongst a crowd of rowdy sports fans, where you may have to fight (gently) for the best shot.

The Bride and Groom will always be looking out for their photographer during these moments, but anyone can be easily distracted by Aunt Sally screaming ‘Look over here!’ (other screaming Aunties names are available).

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Keep at eye level to see the cake and their reactions as the knife plunges into the icing.
Ask your beautiful Bride and handsome Groom to pause during the cut to give you more time to move to different angles and get close up detail shots of the joint hands on the knife. Depending on how quirky (or drunk) the couple may be by this point, watch out for an ensuing food fight!
Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Open up the aperture and blur out your surroundings to emphasize the cake in all its glory.
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Tips For Photographing The First Dance

The last tradition of the day is usually the first dance of the newly married couple. It generally is the first dance of anyone that day, but watch out for some rogue Flower Girls and Page Boys strutting their stuff as they get into the party mood.

A Master of Ceremonies may announce this moment to everyone to give you forewarning to take up the best spot and you’ll need to prepare your flash for this moment as the room lights dim and the vivid disco lights take over.

Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – If you’ve got an off-camera flash with wireless triggers then now could be a good time to use them.  You could physically hold the flash in your left hand to get the angle you want while you click away with the right. It takes a bit of time and skill to master this technique but allows you to achieve the best lighting at any angle. Keep your flash high up to avoid unflattering shadows.
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The Bride and Groom’s heads may be locked closely together as they slowly glide across the dancefloor so remember to get in close to be able to see facial features and intimate expressions. Looking out for their hands is another great way to incorporate those dazzling wedding rings one more time.

If those distracting disco lights are still lighting up the dancefloor then make a feature of them by selecting a slow shutter speed. Once your flash has fired, then drag the camera around to make crazy light trails wrapping the newlyweds in a blaze of color! Or, you can even zoom out whilst the shutter is open to create a very abstract zoom burst.

Wedding Reception Tips

Once all the traditional formalities are over the party really gets going, evening guests may arrive, and the venue fills up more as it gets darker so your senses for opportunistic photographs will need to be heightened. This is where the best wedding photographers excel, and we’ll show you how.

As the dancefloor gets busier it’s going to be harder to pick out your intended subjects but look closely for the first dance of the Bride and her Father.  It’s a very personal moment so hang back and zoom in close to capture the loving embrace.  The same goes for the Groom and his Mother.

If you can find a safe point of elevation, then raise yourself higher to get wider shots of the whole dance floor as the party is in full swing.  You may not be able to see everyone’s faces clearly but it’s a great atmosphere shot to evoke memories.

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Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – With the disco music blaring out of the speakers it’s going to be very hard to direct anyone easily, so you’ll just have to dance to everyone else’s tune for a while to capture those candid moments.
By this time, your energy levels will be sapping, take time to have a drink and some food, the party will go on for a while so don’t fret about cramming all your party shots into the first 20 minutes. The more tired you are then the less interest and motivation you’ll have, and this will become obvious in your pictures.  So, make sure you’re energized and ready to go!

 

Tips For Editing Your Wedding Photographs

When the sun sets and the big day is officially over, your job won’t be completely over yet. There’s still the big task of editing the hundreds of wedding photographs you’ve taken. Only with time and experience will you learn that taking so many pictures can impact on your editing time, as you’ll spend a while deleting the weak ones and filtering out the elite. But don’t worry about your first foray’s into wedding photography, as long as you have the important shots on your checklist then you won’t have gone wrong.

Adobe Photoshop has long been the perceived standard of photo-editing.  However, over the past few years, Adobe’s spin-off program, Lightroom, has become a favorite for editing amongst wedding photographers because it allows the ability to select individual shots and batch edit them in the same way which provides consistency in your work.

Now depending on your preferred style, editing wedding photographs is a very personal experience and will only be perfected with time. But there are a couple of tips that we can offer based on simple wedding photography mistakes a lot of beginners make when it comes to editing:

Don't Lose the Highlights
Keep your bright and white areas away from being pure white. If you use Photoshop or Lightroom, use the curves tool or highlights slider to reduce the white areas to a dulled white preserving the details.
Don't Crush the Shadows
In the same way as preserving the highlights, the shadows shouldn’t be pushed to true black either. It allows for subtle details to be seen on closer inspection drawing more attention from the viewer. It would never be realistic to have true black shadows in real life anyway.
Don't Crop In Too Close
It’s easy to look at a shot and crop 50% it out to make a better composition, but you’ve then deleted half of your detail and pixels, which means the maximum size you can then print that photograph is dramatically reduced. You have two outcomes if this happens: 1. Learn to get in closer next time 2. You’ll have to delete the shot if it’s going to be small in print.
When To Use Black and White
We mentioned it earlier but let’s quickly repeat; monochrome evokes emotion and intimacy in a wedding photograph, whereas color adds energy, vibrancy and life to a scene – your photographs will dictate what type of color treatment they need based on these rules.
Don't Over Sharpen
In the early days it’s natural to over use the sharpening tool in Photoshop or Lightroom to cover up a bit of camera shake or blur, but don’t become reliant on it saving your shots. Sharpening should be reserved for well taken (sharp) shots to look even crisper against a soft background. If you find you’re using it a lot, it’s time to reassess your focusing method on your camera.
Be Selective in Your Editing
The Bride and Groom don’t want to see 30 photographs of them cutting the cake. It’s a cake – 4 or 5 is more than enough. You don’t want to overwhelm them, you should only be showing them wedding photographs that you are proud of and you’d be happy to put in your portfolio. If you don’t like it, delete it. Be your own critic first.
Don't Overlook The Silliness
You’ll meet a range of personalities at a wedding and it’s those silly and humorous moments that may not be flattering but are meaningful and personal to the newlyweds, so don’t throw them away. Think of them like out-takes from a movie.
Add a Watermark
If you are starting out then it’s a great way to get your name out in to the open. 70% of wedding photographer’s find their next clients while at a current wedding, so if you have a small watermark on your pictures when the other guests see them they’ll remember your name. Keep it small and neat and in the bottom right of every photograph.
Sssh! Don’t Tell the Bride – Having consistency in your editing is great, providing your images are shot consistently in the first place. Don’t rely on editing software to save your shots all the time, learn from your mistakes before deleting them.

Top 10 Wedding Photography Tips Summary

Now let’s try and boil down all that information into a summary of helpful weddding photography tips and hints to give you the best step forward:

 

 

  1. Visit the Bride and Groom before the wedding to find out what they want from their photographer. Make a list of important questions that you may want to ask them.
  2. Make a shot list of all the groupings you want to capture on the day. Keep it handy.
  3. Pack extra batteries and memory cards and keep them in a pocket for quick access.
  4. Research some different poses and compositions from wedding magazines and online to give you some inspiration.
  5. Pack lightly and don’t take equipment like extra lights if you are shooting outdoors during the height of summer.
  6. In small spaces look for quirky angles to make dramatic and interesting compositions. Dutch angles are quirky tilts that photographers use to remove distracting elements in an otherwise straight shot.
  7. Use burst mode in instances where you know you’ll only get one opportunity, like throwing the Bridal bouquet.
  8. Raise your ISO setting if you are shooting in dimly lit venues but try not to exceed 800 ISO.
  9. Edit only what you need – don’t spend time retouching all your photographs to then narrow them down to a handful of favorites. Pick your favorites first.
  10. Be loud and clear with your directions when shooting large groups of people. They’re there for the celebrations, so you need to work quickly and efficiently. If you speak with confidence, people will listen to you.
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We hope you’ve gained lots of professional advice and tips about how to get started or improve your wedding photography. Becoming a wedding photographer is a really exciting prospect, it can open the door to a budding career who knows?!

Either way, it’s important to remember to enjoy the day. It’s not just the Bride and Groom who are celebrating their love, but if you capture those perfect shots, you’ll be head over heels with your photography.

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