Questions and Answers
Wedding photography is not really "expensive" at all. Consider that you pay more for those throw away frills than you do for something that you will hopefully keep for a lifetime: a memory!
Wedding photographers, true bona fide photographers and not those that pick up a camera and learn the rudimentary mechanics and call themselves "professional" and "photographer" in the same breath… But a REAL wedding photographer is lending you more than his/her camera gear but the know-how to get maximum detail, and that comes from years of experience, training and being up-to-date with today's technology and modern methods and techniques, and having the equipment (which ain't cheap) to perform the required work.
What is the difference? Suppose a member of the wedding party has a rather long nose that she's conscious of, the true-blue photographer will pose everyone in such a way as to minimize physical faults (double chin, lazy eye, take emphasis away from the rather tall girl and the very short and fat man…) by using posing and lighting techniques and will know how to control the guests that the bride and groom want photographed, will avoid excessive glare from someone's eye-glasses, etc.
Not only that, you will also get someone who is professional enough to CARE about his/her craft and you will be sure to get the BEST possible images. Consider this, once the moment is gone, it is GONE forever… Who would you entrust to that memory as important as your wedding, an amateur or someone who makes a living doing this?
There is a reason why a professional is called a professional. Yes, some amateurs are talented and can capture an occasional good photo… But the professional has the experience to know when to press the shutter button, as opposed to just machine-gunning the shutter button in hopes of catching a few good photos… And then, there's the importance of cropping and setting the image in the frame of the camera… Do you REALLY think that person who has spent so many years honing his skills and talents shouldn't be paid what he feels he/she is worth? If you don't think so, just buy a point and shoot camera and give it to one of your friends and tell that friend to do your wedding…
You don't skimp on the caterer or the florist or the decorations but you want to skimp on something that will last a lot longer… The memory of your most important day of your life? You don't haggle with the caterer, the florist or the reception site management or the limo driver… But you would question a person who is going to provide you with images that will be in the family for decades to come…? Think about that one…
I've been asked to photograph a wedding TODAY, and it will be my first! I've been looking at many different wedding pictures and photo shoots online, to get an idea of what to do, but all the weddings I see are very elegant or formal. This wedding is halfway in between of formal and country/ redneck. The bride wears a formal, beaded gown, and groom and all the groomsmen wear blue jeans and a yellow polo shirt. If i could change it, I would in a heartbeat. But I can't, and I really need some ideas of how to capture this day for all that it's worth, and then some. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
It was a last minute thing, absolutely NOONE else that the bride knew would commit to being there.. Apparently I am the 5th photographer that she has asked…. I felt bad for her (NONE of her friends being there for her big day?!?) so I said I would do the pictures.. Then I learned all the details.. And realized why she went through 4 others with no luck.. At first, she wasn't even going to wear shoes to her wedding. Smh.
Alright, well I only have one camera body, and 3 lenses.. I'll have them all cleaned 🙂 As for the battery, my camera uses a rechargeable battery and I only have one, so I'll be sure to bring the charger, also.. And I'm 17. I don't drink 😛
I'm at my dad's house for summer vacation, and I only brought two church dresses…. And I won't wear blue jeans to a wedding. So, pants are out of the question.
How are your regular photography skills? Here is a link for first time shooters, not sure at this point you will even have time to read it:
I realize you are venting here, but do not display any hint of attitude that the bride's wedding is anything less than wonderful and amazing. For today, she is the most beautiful bride ever who has planned a unique and wonderful wedding event where she will shine and everyone will have a great time. If she senses any judgement from you about the quality of her wedding choices, you will find it hard to make the personal connection you need. Not saying you would be anything other than gracious, but do have a care and certainly do not hint that you would change things in a heartbeat.
Do try to get a backup camera of some sort, even if it's a P&S. Do take lots of memory and batteries and shoot a lot. You will not deliver all you take to the B&G, but better to have more to choose the best. Do not be afraid to take charge when needed, for instance in the group portraits, the "formals". You need to pose the people and command their attention so everyone will be looking at your lens and not Aunt Edna across the room. Remember to pose bodies at an angle to the camera, B&G front and center, get some closeup and some full length. Do not chop off feet in the full length poses. Do not tilt the camera for artsy angles. Do not fill the frame from edge to edge, always leave a little room to allow for different print sizes and ratios. Easier to crop a little than to add what ain't there. If you are not 100% comfortable shooting on manual mode, then use Program. At least you'll be in the ballpark most of the time in exposure. Keep things simple, check your histogram and use compensation if needed.
In the wedding itself you probably won't be allowed to use flash for the ceremony. If it's inside, plan on using a high ISO and shooting during the still parts. Talk to the officiant before hand to find where you may be and when flash is allowed. Don't forget to get some detail shots of the flowers, rings, cake etc Try to take at least some portraits outside in good lighting.
Wear clothing you can move in and comfortable shoes. Stay hydrated and eat beforehand. Keep your eyes open for moments. Find out who is important and be sure to feature them in your coverage. Do not delete photos in the field, wait until you download them. Make a backup copy first thing before your first edit. Good luck, hope it all goes well and everyone is happy.
BTW, one of my favorite weddings I ever shot was a "redneck" wedding, attendants in jeans, country decor, the bride was barefoot., and the venue was a rodeo grounds.
Alight, first off…I have to start sometime or somewhere, so why not now.
1) I'm 17, and I am starting up a little side business for my photography.
2) I have had tons of experience with the aspects of photography: Http://www.flickr.com/photos/vangorkumph… and people tell me that I need to start charging for photos, which I want to do.
3) I think I have "decent" gear: Nikon D200, 18-55mm, 50mm f/1.4, 70-300mm, speed-light, 24" softbox, reflector disks/diffuser disks.
4) My question is, what to shoot for the portraits? I think I've got the "event" type for the reception, but I really need some help for posing, or "rules" for the portraits (engagement photos for example). I clearly understand that it's a creative art and you shoot what you want, but is there kind of a guide line? Maybe a book…?
5) Can someone point me in the right direction to get some understanding of what to shoot for a wedding?
From my understanding, wedding photography is HIGHLY stressful and is an 95% chance you take a terrible photo due to the amount of people at the event. If you're asking about the rules of posing etc then i think you should go and talk to a local wedding photographer in your area. Many photographers will be happy to let you join them on work experience to get a taste of what its like, and while you're at it take photos of the wedding yourself to get a better understanding of what the bride and groom are after.
A wedding couple are arguabley the worse clients a photographer could possibly have as their demands are so high. If you are hired and get it wrong, you can't retake the images. So i strongly suggest working under a mentor until you feel confident enough to do it alone
Hope this helps.