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5 Common Wedding Photography Mistakes

wedding photography mistakesIf you’re a wedding photographer just starting out there are some common mistakes that you should avoid making so that your clients’ wedding pictures come out beautiful and meet their expectations.

We’ve come up with five common mistakes that wedding photographers make when they first start out.

Five common wedding photography mistakes:

1) Not having the right equipment or being unfamiliar with your equipment

A good wedding photographer should have high-end professional equipment so that the wedding photos come out clear, crisp, and full of color. If you’re using an old camera or one with low resolution then the clients may be disappointed with the outcome.

You should try to have at least a couple of different lenses, flashes, and memory cards as well as a backup camera to make sure you can capture a moment no matter the shooting environment. A second camera is important to have just in case something happens to the first camera, like it running out of batteries or even breaking during the wedding.

Make sure you know your camera inside and out and know all the features on it so that you can ensure the best shot every time.

2) Too much or too little exposure in your photos

You want to make sure that your photos are not overexposed or underexposed when shooting any sort of event. Overexposure when photographing the bride and her white dress is a big mistake because it’ll just look like a big white blob with no detail.

If you don’t have enough exposure then the wedding dress isn’t going to look a nice bright white, but instead will look gray-ish and dull.

To play it safe you can always use your camera’s auto exposure to take a series of images with varying exposures in a quick succession so that you get the right shot that is not under or over exposed.

3) Not deciding on wedding photography poses beforehand

Forgetting to create a shot list for the wedding can end up with you getting a whole lot of photos, but not so many memorable ones. Remember to communicate with the couple beforehand about what poses you want them to do, as well as what poses they want to do. You should remember to come up with some poses for group shots and decide on locations around the venue that have a nice backdrop where you can photograph. Your goal should be to get every photo that they were expecting from the wedding so that there are no disagreements afterwards.

4) Not knowing the important guests

To get the best photos for the wedding and make sure everyone’s happy you should take the time to find out who are the families of the couple and who their best friends are.

You’ll want to make sure that you get the right group photos with the right people and ensure everyone important has gotten their picture taken.

5) Forgetting to do detail shots of the wedding

You may get so caught up in photographing everything going on at the wedding that you don’t capture the small details of the wedding that were closely planned out. This can include the wedding cake decorations, the table, the menus being used, flowers, the glasses, and cutlery.

If there’s one detail shot you shouldn’t forget, its the wedding ring and wedding band. We suggest putting the wedding ring and/or wedding band on a nice background like a flower in order to make it look more special.

 

Use these tips to become a better wedding photographer as you grow to be successful in your wedding photography business.

For more tips on becoming a better wedding photographer, check out our article The Top 5 Photos Every Wedding Photographer Should Take.

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5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Wedding Photography

Wedding photography of a couple kissing with a double rainbow in the background.

Wedding planning can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. Lots of details should be considered, from the colour of napkins to the music being played and the food that is being served.

The photos from your wedding will be your best memories of a very special day in your life, so its important that they’re done right.

To ensure that you get the best photos on your wedding day, we came up with a list of the top 5 things you should consider when planning your wedding photography.

5 Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms

1) Consider the weather for each season

Bride and groom walking down stone pathway in the Langdon Hall garden.When deciding on what season to get married in, here are some considerations you should take for the weather (in Ontario):

Spring
Cons: Can be very rainy and possibly rain all day. Can be damp and cool. Usually the leaves have not come out on the trees until the end of May causing there to be less “open shade”.

The lack of leaves can cause the light to be very stark and the backgrounds may have a lot of branches coming out of people’s heads.

Pros:  Pretty blooms of Red bud trees and Magnolia- unique to spring time.

Summer
Cons: July can be extremely humid sometimes!  Not a great month for people who are really sensitive to extreme heat.  It’s especially important to pick a photo location with a lot of shade.

Pros: By far, June- September is usually Ontario’s most pleasant weather.

Fall
Cons: The daylight hours get short quickly! Usually around October 20th onwards the weather can be rainy, cold and damp- but of course not always! Things just get more unpredictable.

Pros: The extraordinary colours of fall in Ontario peak around Thanksgiving.

Winter
Cons: Not every day has a pretty dusting of fresh snow. Usually a bride and groom can get outside for a 20 minute portrait session, but it’s necessary to have a good indoor location to complete all the family photos.

Pros:  You can sometimes get a “Winter Wonderland” day that is magical looking.

2) Have a backup plan for bad weather and light conditions

Rain, hail, high winds or snowstorms may cause unexpected problems on your wedding day.

The bottom line is it’s critical to have a Plan B option for photos to account for difficult weather and light conditions.

Have an indoor and outdoor location. If being married outside have a tent as a backdrop.

You can plan everything but you can’t plan the weather.

3) Come up with a photo ‘Shot List’

Bride and guests party at a Guelph wedding venue.Think about what photos will be the most valuable to you and your spouse both now and for your future. Write up a “shot list”.

Your wedding day is the joining of families together, and your photos will be the legacy of this unique family celebration that you are creating.

Consider the importance of a mix of posed and candid moments to be captured.  Making portraits on your wedding day can be a meaningful part of your day where you are spending time with some of the most important family members and your closest friends. If you get a good photographer they’re gonna make this an enjoyable time for everyone.

Consider using a wedding checklist so you can keep track of all of the shots you want to take along with all of the other important details of the wedding.

4) Make a plan for the day with your wedding photographer

The men of the family posing for a black and white photo on the steps to the Orchard Room near Langdon Hall.Consult with your wedding photographer before your wedding date to plan out the timing of your day and what location your wedding portraits will be made.

It’s important to choose a location that has “open shade” options where groups of people can be posed together without patches of shadows or bright light on their faces.

Also, locations with architectural features such as staircases, pillars, arches, ivy, stone and a variety of textures will make for more interesting photo backdrops.

5) Find the a professional wedding photographer that you can connect with

Find an experienced, professional photographer who works with a second photographer or assistant and whose portfolio contains many examples of real weddings that they have photographed.  Ideally they can show you one wedding that they have photographed from start to finish.

The skill of wedding photography does not rely on just having a good camera.  A true wedding photographer has the ability to communicate well with people, be artistic and creative at posing people, manage timelines, and be able to direct people so that the subjects can enjoy being photographed.

Make sure you choose to work with a professional photographer that you and your spouse connect with and you feel that they understand what will be the most valuable photos to you.

Follow these tips and you can be confident that the photos you get from your wedding will provide memories that you can cherish for a lifetime.

Contact Trina Koster if you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Guelph, Cambridge, or Kitchener-Waterloo area.