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The Top Wedding Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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There is no stressing further how memorable and important a wedding is, especially for a couple who is about to get married. Considering as well that there are no second chances as well is added pressure especially for those who will covering the event, in this case the photographer, making sure that they would be able to cover the wedding right.

But then there are those mistakes that some photographers make that manage to make the wedding feel incomplete or worse, would ruin the moment overall. Fortunately, we have listed down some of the gravest photography mistakes here that should be noted and help as well in giving a better wedding experience overall.

  1. Inexperience

There are many photographers today, and one would not wish inexperience to be the cause of bad set of photographs that would be taken at the wedding. If you are relatively inexperienced in wedding photography but would like to learn more about it, it is best that you start as an intern or assistant to a more experienced wedding photographer like Russell Neal and learn as well as master the craft in the process. It is also a good opportunity as well to be able to hone an efficient photography workflow as well.

  1. Not having a second shooter

There are a number of moments that are happening simultaneously during the wedding, and it would be a shame if those moments are not captured because there is only one photographer availed during that day. It is best to have at least a second photographer who can capture those simultaneous moments along with you, not to mention this will enable to have some good processing options too. Another important function of the second photographer is that in the event you forgot to shoot a moment or your equipment messes up for some reason, the second shooter would be readily available to cover for you.

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  1. Inability to capture those perfect eyes

Capturing that eye contact between the couple makes a good shot. The subject(s) not having any eye contact or looking into a void are a recipe for a wedding photography disaster. It is important therefore for the photographer to find the right ways to capture that perfect eye contact moment through poses and looks that may be requested by a photographer. Squints and red eye outputs are other issues that may crop up along the way, and knowing the best ways to avoid such glitches would give some perfect photos that would come out.

  1. Using Wrong Focus Mode & ISO

Two important elements that a photographer must note in wedding photography are the focus mode and the ISO. An incorrect focus mode will not track your subject(s) well, causing blurred and out of focus shots. Meanwhile, an incorrect ISO would cause exposure issues. A good photographer must be very familiar with focus modes and ISO settings and which of these settings would create a great output in your photo. Knowing the right focus mode would not only highlight the subject(s) in your photo, it would also help create some artistic shots as well. Knowing to set the right ISO will help with increased sensitivity and capture more details with the highest image quality.

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  1. Not paying attention to detail

Weddings are beautiful stories being told in a magnificent set-up, with every detail well-thought and planned out from the ceremony to the reception. The wedding photographer needs to pay attention to these details and capture all the intricacies to fully capture the wedding’s magic that the couple and guests have appreciated. It may be tough to translate such sentiments into photos, but with the right approach and methods, it is not impossible.

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3 Must-Do’s After Getting A Wedding Photographer

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Wedding photography is perhaps one of the most lucrative businesses that deals with photography. These days, there are many photographers who have decided to specialize in wedding photography for the potential income they will get to have from it.

As a couple making those wedding plans, it is a certainty that you will be overwhelmed with the many photographers out there who would vie to get your services, each of them offering attractive wedding packages and promos. And with the prevalence of the internet, especially the social media, and how many photographers are using this venue, it can be overwhelming and confusing on your end as a client still shopping around for that photographer to hire.

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Your wedding is a special and once in a lifetime moment that deserves much attention and preparation. That level of attention and preparation should be given in choosing your photographer. While there may be differing considerations with regards to the packages you seek for in a photographer, it is imperative that you do the following 3 things to ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience with your photographer, whoever it would be.

  1. Prepare a list of questions to ask the wedding photographer

Before your first appointment with the photographer, you need to prepare a list of important questions to ask. You can ask about the photographer’s photography style, experience, equipment, backup plans, when the prints would be ready, and similar questions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions related to your wedding preparations as well. If you have no idea what to ask, there are some sites that have a prepared list that you can refer to for the questions you should ask.

Of all the questions though, always remember to ask first if the photographer is available on your chosen wedding date. If he’s not free on that day, then you’d better move on and meet with other photographers who would be available for that date.

  1. Choose and book as early as possible

When you and your partner have already chosen a date for your wedding, get moving and start finding a wedding photographer. The more popular wedding photographers like a Sussex wedding photographer get booked as early as over a year before the wedding date. So as soon as you found your wedding photographer, make the booking at the earliest time possible. Some would recommend eight months before the wedding date would be the latest in booking a wedding photographer.

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  1. Understand the contract before signing it.

Firstly, it is important that your wedding photographer must provide a contract of the service he will provide you. Never ever deal with photographers who are unable to provide you such contract, otherwise you will be dealing with potential headaches, not to mention the danger that you would be scammed of your money by the photographer by way of non-appearance or provide less than quality output which does not equate to the money you paid for his/her services.

The contract is usually prepared by the photographer but it is flexible enough to be open to whatever changes that would be made that would make it amenable to both parties, namely yourself and the photographer. If there are portions in the contract that you are not in agreement with, then be upfront and politely ask for it to be changed. As always, you need to read the contract thoroughly before finally signing the agreement.

By booking the right wedding photographer, you can be assured that you will have quality, wonderful wedding pictures that will make such a memorable occasion even more memorable for years to come.

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Should I Hire a Second Wedding Photographer?

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It is pretty much a given as to how photographers are important people to have in a wedding. Without them, a wedding would be less memorable as it is supposed to be as no records would be available for one to look back on those memories every now and then.

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While no arguments would have to be raised about having photographers, there is a more pressing dilemma some couples face as far as photography is concerned” should they avail two photographers to cover a wedding?

Advantages

Let us first look at the advantages of having a second photographer at the wedding:

  • A second photographer can provide coverage to more than one venue at a time, allowing more moments and photographs to be taken.
  • A second photographer provides different sets of eyes, which make room for new styles of photography, allowing for more diversity as to how the photos in the wedding are taken.
  • The minute details can be covered by the second photographer while there will be a main photographer who will take care of shooting the more general details of the wedding.
  • In case there are some details missed by one of the photographers, the second photographer will be there to cover those missed details, ensuring a more complete coverage in the process.
  • In the event of some untoward incident that would befall on one of the photographers like camera got damaged in the middle of event or an accident, something we hope would not happen to the photographer, there will be a backup plan of sorts in the person of the second photographer who can fill in and carry on with the job.

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Disadvantages

There are also some disadvantages in having a second photographer that should be taken into consideration as well:

  • Hiring a second photographer entails a higher expense, something to consider especially if on a tight budget.
  • There is a risk that there would be an overlapping and redundancy in terms of coverage as a certain moment gets captured by the two photographers at the same time and without any difference in style.
  • There may be instances that the two photographers may feel uncomfortable working each other, especially those who have not worked with each other before and may affect the way they would cover the wedding as a whole.

When to hire a second wedding photographer

With those advantages and disadvantages in mind, it is important to note that hiring a second photographer or not depends on a number of factors that should be taken into account. One of them of course is the budget as to whether you can afford to do so or otherwise.

Another factor to consider the scope of the wedding, especially in the size of the event and the number of guests that are expected to attend. If the wedding will be a more private and intimate affair, then there would be no need for a second photographer.

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Other Things to Consider

Having noted all these factors, in the end it will be up to the couple to decide whether to hire a second photographer based on their needs and the budget especially.

Should the decision would be to go for a second photographer, one should check with the main photographer and verify if the photographer’s service would provide for a second shooter from within his/her studio or would that second shooter be based at another studio. If the latter scenario would be the case, then it is important to verify with the main photographer as to who would be the photographer that would be recommended and has a good working relationship with the main photographer.

In the end, what matters most is that you get your money’s worth with the output the photographer or photographers will provide you. Being the most important occasion of one’s life, the quality of the output is still the most important.

 

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Ten Must-Capture Wedding Shots

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Weddings are one of the most important celebrations in a person’s life. As such, wedding photographers have the unenviable task of making sure every important moment of such a celebration gets to be captured.

Granted that there are many moments to choose from, if one would not which moment matters most, there is a chance that at least one important moment would be missed, creating an incomplete wedding experience that no one would want to have. Thus, we have prepared the 10 most important shots that must be captured during the wedding to serve as a handy guide for both the photographer and the couple to ensure that an event as memorable as wedding is captured extensively well, with no important missed in the process.

The Wedding Ceremony

  1. The procession of the bridal party

This moment marks the beginning of the wedding ceremony proper, so it is important that this is captured. In particular, the moment the flower girl and the ring bearer walk the aisle is worthy to capture, especially if these roles are played by children which would provide a moment of cuteness.

  1. The bride marches down the aisle

To say the least, the moment the bride enters and walks down the aisle is a magical moment that cannot be expressed in mere words. It also shows the bride at her most radiant and most graceful that makes this moment picture-worthy, so to speak.

  1. The bride and the groom meeting at the altar

Symbolically, this moment is a transition period in which the bride and the groom would meet for the last time as boyfriend and girlfriend onwards to their first moment to come as husband and wife. For both of them, it is a moment mixed with excitement, nervousness, and joy, emotions that should be captured as an important part of the ceremony and of their lives as well.

  1. Recital of vows of the bride and the groom

This is an important part of the wedding ceremony in which both the bride and the groom express their promises of love and faithfulness to each other. It is a sincere moment that never fails to tug the heartstrings.

  1. The exchange of rings between the bride and the groom

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This is also another important part of the wedding ceremony that carries a lot of meaning. No words are necessary as the act itself is enough to show that the bride and the groom are now ready to face a new chapter in their lives together as a married couple. For this moment, it is important that the action of the hands are captured clearly.

  1. The kiss

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Of course, this is the most well-known and the most anticipated part of the ceremony, the highlight of the event for that matter. Nothing else needs to be said but it is important that this moment is captured as perfect as possible.

The Wedding Reception

  1. Sipping of the champagne by the bride and the groom

This is one of the traditions of the wedding reception that should not be missed as it serves to celebrate the union of the bride and the groom as newlyweds as well as the hope of a blissful and fruitful union of the two.

  1. First dance of the bride and the groom

This moment never fails to provide a romantic atmosphere as the newlyweds do what is considered their first romantic act as husband and wife. It is considered a sweet and lovely spectacle, not to mention a milestone that deserves to be recorded.

  1. The bride and the groom cut the wedding cake

The cutting of the wedding cake is one of the oldest wedding traditions that has managed to survive over the centuries, which further stresses its significance. It is also one of the most symbolic as it symbolizes the continuity of their relationship, their support for each other, and hopes for good luck and fortune.

  1. The bouquet toss

It is one of the most popular highlights of the wedding reception and also the most fun part as well. It would be hard to miss capturing the smiles and the “competitive spirit” of the women who will try to catch the bouquet.

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Top 9 Things to Ask a Wedding Photographer

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Weddings are one of those very important and life-changing events that deserve not just to be documented, but to be documented beautifully well, especially in photographs. Thus, it is important to have a good photographer (or photographers in some cases) who are capable to beautifully capture such a memorable life event.

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For couples who are about to make a choice as to who will get to photograph your wedding, there are a number of factors to take into consideration that a prospective photographer should address. Here are nine questions couples should ask and photographers should be able to answer before making a deal.

Is the photographer available on the wedding date?

Basic as this question may seem, it is the most important question and must be asked first before proceeding. It will help save a lot of time and effort in the process. If the photographer is available on the date, make sure you get a written commitment of such availability.

What is the photographer’s style of photography?

Like any other visual artists, photographers have their own style in shooting and composing their photos. If you don’t have any particular style in mind, check out their portfolios and see if their photography style is to your liking.

At the same time, don’t hesitate as well to express whatever idea you have in mind for the photos. Just remember to balance those ideas of yours with what the photographer has in mind to get the most satisfying results possible.

What is the photographer’s wedding photography experience?

As with any job hiring, experience is a big factor in choosing a wedding photographer. Check out the photographer’s portfolio and see not only the style but also the extent of the photography coverage that was done for the weddings. It is very important in this case to check the most recent wedding coverages the photographer has made to help you get a good idea of what to expect should he cover your wedding.

What would be the budget and the details of the package?

Budget is always a primary factor especially for a wedding; it is important to make sure you get your money’s worth with the package that you choose. Most wedding photographers offer different packages depending on the budget. Check the details of the packages they offer as to what are included. Some packages include engagement photos as well so that’s something to consider as well as far as budget and convenience is concerned. Also important is to take note of the payment terms for the service to help ensure a smooth transaction.

Are there other personnel and/or equipment involved in the coverage as well?

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Some photographers, especially the big studio photographers, have other photographers and personnel working for them, perhaps one of them would be doing the job instead. So it’s best to get know as well the associate photographer in these cases and check out their photography style as noted above.

Also, check to see if the photographers would be bringing in their own equipment like for lighting to determine if you would need to provide additional lighting at the venue. If yes, make sure that their equipment would neither be bulky nor obstructive.

How long will it take for the photos, proofs, and the wedding album to be available?

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One thing to note is that some photographers may take months before in processing the photos they took of a wedding. Having an idea of how long of a timeframe they would need before you get to see the photos would at least help manage the long wait it may take.

What happens if the photographer cannot make it on the wedding date? 

While we have already determined the photographer’s availability on the wedding in the first question, sometimes there are instances that a photographer may not be able to cover your wedding at the last minute, especially due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Thus, it is very important that the photographer beforehand should readily provide contact information of another photographer who would be available that day to fulfill the job at hand.

Is the photographer willing to stay on in case the event lasts longer than scheduled?

Sometimes a wedding event may go beyond the timeframe that was originally planned. It is important to ask the photographer if is willing to cover the event beyond the original timeframe. If so, it is important to note the photographer’s overtime policy if any, as well as possible charges that may be in place.

Will there be a contract provided?

It is very important that the photographer will provide you a contract that will detail in writing the nature of the service that will be provided, addressing the questions raised here and other pertinent details. Never deal with a photographer who would not provide you a contract for any reason whatsoever to avoid possible headaches that may arise in the future that will spoil what should be joyous occasion.