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Hey Photographer! Martina here.

Weddings are once in a lifetime experience that couples will remember forever and wedding photos play a big part in that. Of course, that puts a lot of pressure on the photographer. Missing a shot it really isn’t an option.

If you’ve been asked to photograph a friend’s wedding or if you’re interested in one day building a career in wedding photography, the next few blog post are for you!

This week, we’ll start tips on preparing for the wedding.

Next week we’ll follow up with our recommendations on shooting!

The photos in this post were all taken by our Lead Teacher – Lydia Billings.

  1. Be prepared

A wedding day is very busy and hectic. Make sure you have everything ready at least a day or two before the wedding.

Get the itinerary for the day so know when and where you need to be.

Make a list of all the photographs you need to take. Talk to the couple in advance and write down the names of all the important people. Make sure you get at least one shot of the couple with those people.

Visit the venue in advance so you know with what kind of light you will be working with. Also, that will give you time to think of cool and fun shots you can take and identify places at the venue where you’d like to photograph.

Bring a snack. Most likely you won’t have time to sit and eat. Enjoy a big breakfast on the morning of the wedding and bring a small nutritious snack with you. (nuts, dry fruit, etc.)

If you are driving to the venue have extra gas in your car and leave early! You don’t want to get stuck in traffic and risk being late.

  1. Equipment

Make sure you bring extra camera batteries and they are fully charged. Bring extra memory cards as well.

I recommend renting or borrowing a backup camera. Technology always fails on us at the worst possible time and you really don’t want to disappoint your clients during the most important day of their life!

Bring a wide range of lenses (wide angle lens, prime lens: 35mm or 50mm, telephoto, lenses that work well in low light, etc.)

Bring a Flash and extra batteries for it.


Keep an eye out for our next post on this subject!

Happy Shooting!

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