last saturday, i was given the opportunity to play wedding photographer along with a photographer friend of mine. this is the first wedding that i was actually asked formally, versus just taking photos of my own will (and i WILL take photos at your wedding whether i’m asked to or not!). it ended up being a memorable experience and although it was a lot of work, i enjoyed the process, and the resulting photos.
thank you to r+n for inviting me to be a part of your special day and creating moments that were worth hundreds of photos! congratulations to you both!
some things i’ve learned:
• have some composition ideas ready before the event – at an event such as a wedding, you can’t just wait for a moment to strike to take a photo; you’re going to have to create them yourself
• be up front and center – if you want to get the shot, don’t be afraid to get up there (but be careful not to be distracting ofcourse; photographers should still be invisible)
• have a list of people that the couple want photos of or with – very handy! and equally handy is having a point person to help gather people around for the session
• take photos of the setting – a sense of place is important to complete the wedding album
• bring extra memory cards – cannot be said enough!
• put yourself in the couple’s place – this thought helped me in remembering what else to shoot while there. what would i like to see when i look at MY wedding album?
this being my first shoot, there were a lot of “should have’s” and “could have’s”, but oh well. it can only get better from here.