Write down a list of all of the shots that you need to make for the wedding event. In the world of wedding photography, the list is basically a to-do list of all of the shots that you need to have. The items in the list more oftentimes come from the clients so it is always great to start off with what they would like to have in the list. It would also be great if you can put in a few of your own items. Discuss it with them thoroughly and really get down to the basics but flurry it in with a few add ons at some point. This list is something that you should have on you all throughout the event. Cross things out as you go along. This is the best way for you to make sure that you do not really forget anything.
Find a photo coordinator
Get someone from the family who can act as your photo coordinator to make group pictures easier to manage for you. Group photos are one of the hardest things to manage in the world of wedding photography. You want to find someone who knows the family and someone whom people won’t mind if he starts giving out instructions for people to get on the stage or for people to get out or clear out. This is something that is hard to do if you, being the stranger photographer who does not really know anyone, will start barking orders out in the air and you don’t know who’s who exactly.
Scout the venue
Scout the wedding venue well ahead of time. Visiting the location ahead of time and well before the wedding date will give you the upper hand of checking the place out and envisioning how it will look like during the day of the event. You will want to pay attention to how the light changes and how they fall. You might want to visit at the same time of the day that the wedding event is being held in. If you get to have the chance, try to bring the couple with you so you can do a few practice shots. You can consider it as the engagement shoot. You will certainly benefit a lot from having the chance to check out both the couple and the place as well at the same time.
Always come prepared for the big day and make sure all possible loopholes are covered. Prepare your gear ahead of time. Pack up more than enough batteries and memory cards and try to plan as well for inclement weather in case the setting is outdoors.
Turn off camera sounds
Turn off the sound of your cameras as well as the flash, if you can help it. Try to be as unobtrusive as you possibly can. Turn off the shutter sounds in your camera settings when you are taking photos and if the amount of natural light will allow it, try to avoid using your flash altogether so as not to disrupt meaningful conversations or distract people.
Shoot in RAW
Shoot your images in RAW and not in JPEG format. RAW maintains all of the information in the photo and makes things really easy to touch up because nothing is auto edited or omitted by the camera settings. Sure, it takes up more space and takes more time than usual when editing post shoot but it’s definitely worth it.