I’ve freaked myself out over wedding photography. After honing my Instagram feed to inspirational photographers (who obviously use many assistants and lighting apparatus) I am geared up to add Briony-Molly Photography to the inspiring list. Alas – I do not have a plethora of assistants or a comprehensive flash, let alone an ample lighting set. Good start.
However, what I do have is a Canon 6d with an f/1.8 50mm lens and a 7dii with an f/4.0 17-40mm or 25-105mm lens. The 7dii needs a flash regardless of the lighting indoors which is not great, but the 6d can work without flash in very low lighting. Bit of an odd pairing but it works!
As I’ve only ever been to 3 weddings one being family and the others being a plus one to the other half, so I had no idea about weddings from a photographer’s angle. I think I read way too many posts on how to make the special day magical, how to work the lighting, and how to organize the day and it just disorganized me more. If anything it’s furthered my ambition to work with horses more, as a wave of a cap gets their full attention.
Here’s my ideal run of doing wedding photography
I prefer to meet people before I have a shoot with them. Albeit an hour before with a cuppa and a biscuit, getting to know the subjects and what they want to achieve out of my presence is somewhat imperative.
Say a couple wants to have a documentary style or a more alternative style; you need to know this. Some couples may want more black and white. Some may just want the staged family shots. One thing is right out all the things you can do and get them to say what they prefer and want. People love choice. It’s worked so far for me…
Like any photography situation, you need to be prepared. But in this case, have spare batteries in your pockets and at least two cameras ready to take the candid f/1.8 shots and the more wide-angle group shots. With the venue, do the research- visit it if possible to scope out the good natural light and the pretty spots. Maybe even google the venue and weddings to see what others have done – proof of my initial cluelessness.
Lighting changes constantly, so do people so be agile!
Confidence is key. Relatives and alcohol is not a great mix so stand your ground be firm but nice and get people in the shots. Tell people to move and take multiple shots until you are happy. They will thank you later.
Don’t do a Briony and worry yourself over nothing. Getting stressed shows in your work. The more relaxed and fun you are having will reflect in your work when you are in post-production.
We all have a unique style so don’t try and be someone else. People hire you for you not someone else so if they want a certain twist then that’s acceptable but if you physically can not do someone else’s style, don’t do it and be clear to them about that.
Don’t worry, smile, get a coffee on the go and have a chill day!