Wedding photography is different from other categories of photography.

The first challenge you will face is dealing with the bride and families of the couple, as it can be very stressful.

You need to be attentive while signing a wedding photography contract. Read and agree on the terms together to avoid any glitches after the shoot. You should also decide the number of total portraits with the bride and groom.

Another challenge is time. Most weddings are short, but Nigerian weddings aren’t. You have to capture every moment. Since there are no do-overs, you have to be extra diligent and attentive. And to top it all, the bride is always right.

Here are some of the best wedding photography tips to help you succeed in this endeavor.

Assist the Cameraman

Learning the basics from a veteran photographer will help you avoid common mistakes.

The first thing you should do before starting your own wedding photography business is to assist a professional wedding photographer.

Through experience, you will learn techniques that you can later apply to other shoots. Some of those tips may not be new for you as a photographer, but there will be a lot for you to learn.

Fix Your camera

Don’t forget, I repeat don’t forget to check your cameras before leaving.

If you can, borrow an extra camera, lens, and lights, so you are prepared for unforeseen circumstances. Being a photographer is a competitive line of business so always ensure that you stand out from the rest by making sure you are prepared for any kind of emergency. Always carry extra accessories such as batteries and memory cards. You don’t want the bride after you for ruining her big day, now do you?

Never Go Solo

You cannot carry all the accessories alone. A helping hand is necessary for wedding photography. You also need someone to assist in managing the light, taking the test shots, and capturing the scenes you are missing.

You can ask a wedding photographer to become your assistant and become their second shooter at their next event. It’s a smart way to work on a low budget and get help from an experienced wedding photographer.

Pre-plan the Shoot

You should make some extra time for this part of the photography. Take additional photos of the bride and groom in different attractive locations.

The couple will be following your instructions. We recommend you show them a manual during planning the shoot. Let them choose the poses they want for their wedding photography and add them to the contract.

You may have to provide extra instruction to capture the best shot, so it’s important to be patient with the newlyweds, advertising is essential for growing a photography business and a patient photographer is one they will recommend.

Capture the Firsts

Even though every photo is a memory forever, you should ask the couple about any special moments which they want to be captured for a lifetime.

These moments are the first kiss, first dance, first look, etc.

You have to be attentive during these moments because they happen very fast.

We recommend you to plan the time for these very first moments with the couple, so you can capture the best shots in the right order.

You should plan the entry of the couple at the venue. Photos for the entry of the couple should be taken from different angles.

You must put the camera on high shutter speed and take multiple photos, so you have a choice of selecting the best ones from numerous pictures. These firsts are the backbone of your wedding shoot.

Shoot the Reactions

Do you notice that other people are enjoying these first moments for the lovely couple? Of course, you do, you are a photographer. Those expressions of relatives, friends, and family deserve to be captured.

When you are busy shooting the firsts and poses of the couple, request your assistant to capture the “WOW!” expressions from the audience.

Tell your partner to take photos swiftly and cover as many faces as he can. It’s a joyful occasion, and these moments should be preserved for the couple to see later in their life.

Know the Guests

At a wedding, there is all kind of guests. They can be neighbors, colleagues, relatives, friends, and others. You should know that the guests didn’t hire you for this shoot.

Discuss the guest list with the couple to mark VIPs. Make good portraits of these people, and learn their names to make them comfortable for the shoot.

Friends Are Important

You should know that the friends of both the bride and groom are the life of their party. Make sure to plan on shooting some good portraits of them with the couple and solo.

You should take group portraits of the bride’s friends with her. Take time for this shoot and capture different girly poses to make this part fun.

Do the same with the groom and choose those manly shots to give a perfect match to the album.

Group Shots

Everyone wants to have a portrait of the couple. It’s better to shoot in groups. Otherwise, you will not have enough time for the most important shots.

You need to manage these groups efficiently. Use the help of your partner to align the groups and send them one by one for the shoot.

When shooting groups, it can be a big issue if someone blinks or becomes unfocused. That’s why it’s helpful to take lots of extra shots, so you can choose the best picture for every group.

Look for Smiles

There are those hidden pearls that can give your photo a good frame.

We are referring to a photogenic kid smiling, some children playing around, Yoruba women whispering about any special moment, laughter from a corner, and other lively events. You should add these strings to the wedding album.

You cannot create or plan these moments. They are rare and original. Look for these instants during your shoot and don’t hesitate to click. The couple will love to see these photos.


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