In your growing repertoire of photographic skills, one of the most important powers you need to hone is the ability to go unnoticed. Absolutely you need to be in control at certain points in the day, but equally you need to know when to stand back. Break out the long lens, hide in the bushes, shoot some details, keep out of the way. Whatever you do DO NOT dominate the day with your Gestapo like approach pointing here and there, and ordering everyone about. The bride and groom not to mention the 150 guests will quickly become fed up and before you know it you’ll about as popular as a poo in a playground. Go about catching the day naturally, and save your ‘posing’ for the formal shots, or the couple shots. This is my approach to the day, and not everyone shoots a wedding in the same way, so if you feel you need a bit more info on why I shoot this way see Tip No.2 below.
If you spend your days toiling over wedding photography blogs and forums looking for the oracle of advice, you will probably end up going to bed wanting the good lord to take you in your sleep. There are countless forums offering advice on everything photography, and you can bet that for every bit of info you read or hear, there will be a million conflicting opinions from everyone and anyone that thinks they are right. Even if someone sounds like they know what they are talking about, it doesn’t mean they are right (just ask my wife). It all sounds a bit contradictory coming from myself as I’m a Wedding Photographer Norwich too offering my guidance and advice via this blog. The point is though in time you will find your own way, all this stuff is merely opinion and one persons approach may be another person’s nightmare. You will know what best works for you and suits your personality on the day, and as I have said in previous blog posts, this will all come with practice.
Wedding photography is a very unique thing and everyone has their own styles and methods. The best way is to find what suits you and this will allow you to perform better photography on the day. You need to get the couple to be open and honest about what they are after for their wedding as this will help you to act better on the day and capture what they want. After all wedding photography is very important as it is capturing their special day so they can look back and remember it, with this factor in mind it is essential that the photography is right. This guide will hopefully help any wedding photographers out their who are trying to find the best way to act on the day and also any couples reading as they will understand how a wedding photographer should act. I know personally most my clients like me to take a back seat and capture everything as if I was a ghost but your clients may be different. Everyone is different and this is why it is important for couples and photographers to have a in depth conversation before the wedding to get it spot on.