Simply put, wedding photography is the photography of wedding activities. It includes the coverage of photography taken before, during, and after wedding ceremony, the reception and even post-nuptial pictorials. There are a lot of styles and approaches in wedding photography. But the two primary styles are the traditional and photojournalistic styles. With traditional style the couple does a classic pose and is mostly controlled by the photographer. On the other hand, photojournalistic style focuses on candid and unposed photos with lesser photographer interaction.
Like any other kind of photography it is an art. It requires not only technical knowledge and skills in photography, pictorial plans, wedding details and procedures but it should also to capture the “specialness” of that memorable day.
If you want a big-bang in wedding photography you have to be prepared right before the event. Starting from the prenuptial preparation down to the post nuptial, a lot of things could happen. It is important not to miss these fleeting moments because as they say this happens only once in a life time. For photographers, it is best to attend the rehearsals because this’ll give you plenty of ideas for possible locations, lighting and amazing angles come the real wedding.
Scout the whole location. Familiarize yourself with the itinerary of that day’s affairs so you won’t miss the special coverage. Expect the unexpected so prepare and condition all your equipments and have a back-up plan. Preparation also comes with a good strategy so consider having an assistant wedding photographer to divide the task.
For a wedding celebration to succeed it takes a lot of effort and cooperation from everyone involved especially the couple. This is their big day so discuss with them, know what they want to achieve and also inform them of your plan. Negotiate and agree on the price of your over-all service for the event. It is also better if you lay them the details of the work you’ll be doing.
Capture even minor the details. Flowers, dress, the rings, shoes, table setting, etc are little witnesses to this special day. These shots will also add a heartwarming touch to the wedding album. Timing is everything so be bold but don’t be obtrusive. As for the formal shoot and the reception direct the couple and the other party of what you want them to do. Handle the show. Every wedding is unique as the couple so it’s always best to personalize the unforgettable day of their lives.