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OUR TEN WEDDING TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS

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WEDDING by KRISS on 20 february 2016

OUR TEN WEDDING TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS I don’t know how you will end up shooting your first ever wedding, perhaps as an assistant to another photographer or on your own for a friend or a family member.
In the first case you know you can rely on your tutor to guide you through every step of the day, in the latter you’re on your own ! It is then important that you are well prepared and organized to follow a simple set of tips that will help you go smoothly and get the beautiful pictures the couple who put their trust in you deserve.

This is our top 10 list of things that we think any first time photographer should read before shooting their first wedding.

1 - Get some rest before the wedding, don’t go out and trash yourself on the night before.
It may be obvious but a wedding day is not a walk in the park and you will need all the energy you can get.

2 - Don’t stress and over emphasize the event, I have shot 2 weddings with kidney stones and drugged up consequently : both went fine.

3 - Prepare for the unexpected.
Take at least 2 camera bodies with you and 2 to 3 sets of batteries for each camera.
The same applies to camera lenses and storage cards.

4 - Never shoot a camera with a single card system.
The Nikon Df for instance seems a cheaper, trendier version of the nikon D4 but it is not.
It only writes and reads one card and if the one slot or card fails you’re in deep trouble ! Always set the system to backup (card 2 backs up card 1) and not overflow.

5 - Just keep shooting and don’t waste time reviewing your photos and sorting them out.
You’ll have the time to do that at home.
Meanwhile, always check your first shots when you change light environments, maybe your ISO was set to a fixed value by mistake.
If you don’t double check, you’ll be sorry when you realize all your church photos are pitch dark or all your outdoor photos plain white.

6 - Wear comfortable yet elegant clothes especially shoes.
You are going to walk and stand a lot, you’ll bless me for that advice.

7 - Pack some lunch and drinks, you don’t know when you’re going to eat or drink next unless you have what you need with you.

8 - Have a few business cards handy in an accessible pocket.
You are representing yourself while working and if the day is not about handing them over to every guest, some may ask you for one.

9 - Have a comfortable compact photo backpack on your back with everything you need, extra batteries, battery chargers, cards, lenses etc… It shouldn’t be heavy, you’ll be carrying that on your back all the time, but it should save you from running to whichever place your car is.
Anyways you can’t do that during a weeding, you’d be missing on something important for sure.

10 - Invest in a practical system that allows you to carry 1 or 2 cameras comfortably.
What works for you might not be what works for me so try beforehand.
Think that you’ll have a backpack and that your system shouldn’t interact.

I could surely write a more extensive list of things but I guess that if these are the 10 things that came to mind first, they must have been important for me.
For all the rest, I’ll leave it to your photography talent !

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