The thing about wedding photography is that it can turn out to be quite tough for you as a wedding photographer to keep up with the hustle and bustle of plans and schedules. One thing that tears brides and their wedding photographers apart is the issue of the missed important shots during the wedding. Once a wedding photographer misses out on an important shot that the bride was looking forward to, there are times wherein both parties won’t be able to know about it until the actual time that the photos are being exchanged or reviewed. By then, it can be already a little too late to go back and get things done the right way.
You will have no means whatsoever to rectify the situation.
This is an uncomfortable situation to be in and you need to make sure that you get to avoid it at all costs. You certainly don’t want a falling out with the bride just because of the issue of missed shots. One thing that you can do to help get this issue taken care of is to create a shot list with your clients. Ask them for a list of the most important moments that they would like you to document and get it down on paper. This way, you don’t end up missing out on anything important.
It’s quite important for you to make sure that you know how to check the temperature of how people are receiving you and the aspect of you getting them photographed all throughout the wedding. Chances are, people will start to get awkward or a little bit uncomfortable when you are shooting their pictures over prolonged periods of time. Average people are not really all that used to this kind of exposure to cameras and you need to be a little bit sensitive about things like these all of the time. It would be best if you try to go ahead and keep your distance and switch to a longer lens every once in a while, just to make people forget that you are there or at least to keep them off of the fact that you are getting their pictures taken. Out of sight, out of mind. Switching to a longer lens will allow you to keep up with the closeup shots that you are required to produce even when you are shooting your pictures from a distance. Closeups are the bread and butter of every photographer in the wedding photography industry, which is why getting a trick like this checked out can turn out to be far more useful than you would actually think.
Inner wedding circle
Get to know and keep the close company of the inner wedding circle from the entourage to the maid of honor, best man, and close friends and relatives who are active participants in the wedding preparation process. This will allow you access to the couple especially during instances wherein they might turn out to be a little too preoccupied to get back to you about last minute decisions and the like during the wedding photo shoot.
When you are out and about covering weddings, you need to make sure that you don’t become all that “visible” as a professional wedding photographer. This means that you should go out of your way to really go under the radar as much as possible. Don’t let people notice you or your presence all that much because this can really get in the way of things especially when you are trying to get some shots done in at some point or so. When people don’t notice you all that much, you can move around as frequently and as fast as you would like to without ever feeling awkward or without feeling ill at ease during the process. This is something that you should always try to aim for, if you can attain it.
No heads up
One thing that can really help you out as a wedding photographer is by not giving people a heads up that you are prepping up to take that shot. This means that you should go out of your way to make your shots can did as much as possible. When things are staged and posed for all of the time, it can take away the authenticity of the moment as well as fail to capture the rawness of the emotions that you are trying to capture when it all comes down to it. It can really help you out a lot when people aren’t posing for you all of the time. You have to understand that some people aren’t that comfortable around a camera. Some people might attempt to cringe or run away when they notice a camera aimed at them and this is never something that produces great looking shots. You should always go for something more spontaneous and something that people won’t really be able to refuse at the end of the day. Some people might look up and get startled, giving them that classic Bambi deer in the headlights look. That look is never flattering for anyone so try to avoid it as much as possible.
Minimize your gear
Another great way for you to minimize the attention that you might end up attracting as a wedding photographer is for you to aim for a minimized gear when you are carrying it around with you all of the time. Carry only the things that you absolutely need during that particular moment. If you need it in the shots that you are taking, then by all means, go ahead and carry it. However, if you think that there is something that you can do away with in the meantime, then perhaps you should try to see if you could set it down for a bit. You don’t have to bring everything around with you when you are covering the wedding. Clunky photography equipment can call attention to yourself and this is something that you should try go avoid at all times. Make sure that you use a camera strap as well so that you don’t have to hold everything by hand all of the time.
It can be quite tough for busy wedding photographers to always be on top of things especially when it comes to social media. It is something that requires daily posting and constant attention as well especially when you are trying to look into improving your follower engagement. It can turn out to at times be a bit exhausting to keep up with the daily social media posts but this is a requirement that you need to satisfy if you would like to keep your head in the game.
Get ahead of the game
The competition can be tough and there are a lot of other wedding photographers who are more advanced in terms of skill, experience, as well as social media presence. You will be wasting time if you don’t try to keep up or even at times get ahead of the game. Although this may be true and although this is something that people can more or less understand, the fact remains that it is not the easiest thing to accomplish. You will need to make sure that you are able to continuously pump your social media feed with high quality content on a daily basis, even during the times wherein you have weddings booked back to back. This can be a bit hard especially if you happen to be out of town or you happen to be stranded off to some remote location with no cell service for the weekend.
Schedule using a software program
This is something that you can easily remedy through a software program that will enable you to schedule your social media posts well ahead of time. This means that you can set everything up in just one sitting. You can schedules your posts for the entire week, the entire month, or the entire year. Whatever works for you is quite possible with these software programs that allow wedding photographers a more holistic approach to the way that they get to manage their social media profiles at the end of the day. It may not seem like much but it is certainly something that you will be able to appreciate a lot the moment that your tasks start piling on and the moment you start booking weddings back to back. As a professional wedding photographer, you should understand that most wedding photographers don’t operate alone. They always get some help one way or the other. This is the perfect way for you to take a load off of the tasks that you need to do with your social media profiles so that you will be able to grow it and so that you will eventually get a fairly strong following that can turn out to really extend your brand and make more potential clients in the long run.
Check messages manually
This is a kind of approach that will get to ensure activity in your social media profiles without stressing you out too much in the process. You need to manually check your messages as well as any other updates though. But at least, you get to take care of the daily posts right then and there.