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Top 5 Photos Every Wedding Photographer Should Take

Dancing at a wedding reception, River Run Centre, Guelph.If you are new to wedding photography or are interested in becoming a wedding photographer in the future, you need to know the most important moments to capture.

Although there are way more than five important moments you should capture at the wedding, these are the ones you should focus on the most.  To get some great examples of shots you should take, see Trina’s wedding portfolio.


Top Five Photos to Take At A Wedding

  1. Formal Portraits of the Bride, Groom, and Family/Important Guests
    These are a must for the wedding day, as it gives you tons of great photos to give to your friends and family that they can keep long after the wedding is over. Find at least three different areas around the wedding venue to take individual or group portraits so that the family can have options when selecting their favourite wedding shots of the day.
  2. Detail shots of the day:
    These photos might take a backseat to the formal and ceremonial shots of the wedding, but details still add an interesting perspective to the storytelling of the celebration. Whether it’s cutting the wedding cake, the type of shoes the bride or groom are wearing, or a shot of the bride’s bouquet with the wedding bands overlapping, these detailed moments will add more diversity and will complement the formal wedding photos taken throughout the day.
  3. Ceremony shots:
    These are the most important shots of the wedding.  You’ll need to make sure you position yourself for the best angle to capture these special moments, as you only get one chance.  It can be very useful to have a secondary photographer to ensure you get every detail and angle of this time on camera. The bride walking down the aisle is a moment where the secondary photographer could take shots of them from the side or from behind while you take shots from the front.
  4. First Kiss:
    Nothing warms the heart up more when you see newlyweds share a kiss for the first time in the presence of their friends and family! For wedding photography, these important moments are the ones that will remembered and cherished the most, especially if these photographs are going to be in a wedding album. The moment of ‘I Do’ is a photo wedding photographers have one shot at, only one time to capture this precious moment – make it count!
  5. After Ceremony Celebration:
    This is where all the celebration begins, and a lot of different events are taking place! Make sure to capture important moments like the newlyweds’ first entrance, first dances, cutting the cake and speeches! This is the time when everyone will be having fun and letting loose, allowing you to capture tons of great candid photos and happy faces.

These tips just scratch the surface of what you need to know to be a successful wedding photographer.  If you live in Guelph or South Western Ontario, contact Trina Koster for a wedding photographer you can count on.

Professional Headshot Tips – Part 1

A woman getting a professional headshot done in Kitchener Waterloo.Headshots are a tough thing to get right.  There are many factors that come into play when taking the perfect headshot and it is important that you know what you are doing before deciding to become a professional headshot photographer.

How your headshot looks can have a huge impact on your chance of finding a job, so getting the right photographer for the job is crucial.

For examples of what professional headshots should look like, see Trina’s Guelph headshots gallery page. To get some tips on becoming a better headshot photographer, read on.


Tips for a Professional Headshot

  • Get the right equipment for professional headshots

Being a professional headshot photographer isn’t cheap.  The equipment required to take crisp and high-quality indoor studio headshots requires thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. A camera capable of capturing every detail for a headshot could cost you between $1000 – $7000 depending on the level of quality you’re going for. You’ll also need a proper lighting kit and a backdrop to pull off the perfect headshot.

  • Know what look you are going for

Depending on how you want to portray yourself, different lighting, props, and outfits can be used.  If you are an actor or model, indoor headshots and outdoor headshots can be equally effective in their own way. Studio lighting can make your good features stand out more, and provides even lighting across your whole face.  This is typical for business professionals who want a formal look. Natural light from outdoor headshots gives you a more creative look and can come across as more casual.

  • Find the client’s best side

Nobody really has a perfectly symmetrical face and hairline. When taking a headshot of your client be sure to get them to turn their heads slightly to different angles so you can get an idea of which side of their face should get more exposure to the camera.  Understanding each person’s most attractive angles will allow you to get the most flattering headshot.  You will also have to adjust the lighting according to which parts of the face you want to accentuate the most, and which features you want to conceal.

  • Make the client feel comfortable

If the client isn’t feeling comfortable during your professional headshot session, it is going to show in the photos.  Some people are naturally skilled at getting their photo taken and enjoy the shoot. Many others will feel nervous or uncomfortable with the process of getting a photoshoot done and you must learn how to put these clients at ease.  Asking them about their lives and making jokes can calm clients down, but it’s a skill that you develop over time when doing professional headshot sessions.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to becoming a professional headshot photographer in no time!  If you live near Guelph, Ontario and need your headshot done or want private lessons on becoming a headshot photographer, contact Trina Koster.

Part 2 of professional headshot tips coming soon!