Common Mistakes For New Wedding Photographers
It’s true there are some things that you will just have to learn through trial and error as a photographer, but the time for making mistakes and learning from them is not on the most memorable day of your client’s life! Here are a few steps you can take to avoid some of the most common wedding photography pitfalls.
Mistake 1: Not being honest about your experience!
If you have never photographed a wedding before or worked as an apprentice to a skilled wedding photographer, you need to be honest. Be prepared to offer your first few weddings at cost and don’t plan on making any profit. Be honest with your client about your need to build your portfolio and desire to photograph their wedding and let them know what they can expect from you – you also should find out if they have any special requests that you may be unable to fulfill.
Mistake 2: Choosing bad backgrounds!
As a new photographer it is really important that you scope out the wedding or reception venue before you go in to photograph. Nothing detracts from beautiful photos like messy backgrounds or poor lighting. You need to make sure you are fully aware of whatever elements you might be up against that are outside of your control.
Mistake 3: Messy shots!
There is a big difference between a candid shot and a messy shot. Every wedding party will want a few planned group shots. You need to carefully plan out poses and familiarize yourself with the respective heights of members in the wedding party and then be careful to pose everyone accordingly, in front of a simple or well-lit natural background.
Mistake 4: Equipment Failure!
Countless wedding photographers have found themselves in the unfortunate position of being at a wedding and not having enough storage space, lenses or even battery power! You can forego many of these issues by packing a handful of empty, cheap cf cards before the wedding day and include a quick charge battery charger. Another great tip is to always pack a spare backup camera in case your main camera just decides to give out on you in spite of your cheap flash cards and adequately charged equipment!
Mistake 5: Forgetting Shots!
This is another common issue for wedding newbies! Even if you are a seasoned wedding photographer you need to make sure you have a comprehensive list that has been approved by the bride or wedding planner and then go down the list to take each shot to ensure you don’t forget any memorable moment!