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Hey Photographer! Martina here.

This week we’re continuing our thoughts on wedding photography for beginners. If you missed Part 1 last week, check it out!


(Make sure to check back for Part 3 next week)

All photos in this post were taken by our Lead Teacher, Lydia Billings.

Now that you’ve prepped yourself and your gear, let’s get to shooting!

  1. Before the Ceremony

It’s important for people to feel comfortable around you as you’re shooting, so make sure you greet everyone with a smile. It might be a stressful day for the bride, but remember, you’re there to document a celebration! Be cheerful and helpful at all times.

As the couple prepares for the ceremony, take some shots of the two of them separately.

Start first by taking pictures of the groom and the groomsmen. 

Take shots of little details – rings, cufflinks, etc.

Take shots of the Groom and the groomsmen getting ready

Take portraits of the Groom and the groomsmen together

Take photos of everyone together having fun, saying cheers with beer or scotch or whatever they have nearby drinking.

Let them be themselves – capture the natural energy of the group, and let them be silly!

After you’re done with the Groom you can move to the Bride and her party. 

You can follow the same plan that you did with the Groom.

First take pictures of the details – dresses, shoes, flowers, rings, earrings, etc.

Take shots of the bride getting ready.

Take portraits of the bride and the bridesmaids.

Take shots of everyone together having fun, smiling, laughing!

Take shots of them drinking champagne.

Think of some creative, fun shots of your own – utilize the environment you’re in.

2. The Ceremony

This could be a very stressful part of the day especially if you have to travel somewhere else, like a church or a different venue. Churches usually are very dark. Make sure you have the right equipment and you adjust your white balance accordingly. Get there before everyone else so you have enough time to set up your equipment.

Important shots you must capture:

-picture of the venue (wide angle shot, preferably)

-pictures of the bride walking toward the g

room and his first reaction upon seeing her

-close up shots of them saying their vows

-The Kiss

-shot of the rings being exchanged

-picture of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen

-look for dramatic moments – like someone shedding a tear, or laughter from the guests

-take shots of the couple as they are leaving the venue – just married!!

Next week we’ll finish this Wedding Photography series with tips on photographing the reception and post-ceremony details.

Happy Shooting!

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