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With the inclusion of a wedding feature in last months WDC magazine I feel compelled to find out more as its an area I would be interested in doing in the future.
Are there any wedding togs on here with some good pointers or advice on top of the wedding article to help people like myself get started.
My only advice for doing weddings would be;
Don't be afraid to shout at the group if they're not getting organised quick enough
Pack as many spare cards and batteries as possible
Write up a shotlist and run it past the bride pre-wedding
Always do a reccy of the location before turning up if you can
I'm sure some full time pros have got some more tips though....
Thanks for the info Matt :)
Just been to the library to get some books on it but it had a puny photographic section so came away empty handed.
Not even any on portraiture or lighting :mad:
Oh well back to trawling the net :)
I used to do weddings every weekend a long time ago. my advice is, remember its the bride and grooms day talk to them and see what they need. there is always a special shot or two that they want. you only get the one chance at this so its has to be right if you take to long then the guests start to wander off so some of the groups will be wrong. also think of what you will do if the weather is bad and you need to shot indoors. as for equipment then you will need a spare body to add to the list from above and i would use both on the shoot to cover any fault that may occur that you cant see at the time
Then there's talkin to the vicar to find out what is and isn't allowed. Talking to the reception venue people to see if there's any restrictions there
And don't forget sourcing:
- a good print lab
- suppliers of albums
- suppliers of frames
And add the time for editing/sorting the photographs you have taken and all the hassles of getting people to order what photos they want within three/six/nine months of the wedding.
I spent a lot of time doing weddings. Don't do them any more due to the stress and hassles.
Thanks Wave and Fen some really good advise.
Any more specifics on the stress and hassles ?
Is it a good or bad thing to just offer the photos on cd?
If you offer photos on a DVD you'll have to put your charges up as you won't get any extra money form prints.
but, as they say... the coice is yours :)
My advice would be to contact local wedding photographers and ask if they need any help on wedding shoots. Work with them, learn from them and work out if it's what you want to do.
i think you need to sit back and think what you want to do from my experience you need to offer a structured package with prices from cd to an album. remember you are telling the story of there day. you will need to copy right your work.
i agree with fen if you have never done this before try and get a job as an assistant and see what is involved. its not just taking pictures of the bride and groom there are group shots which you will have to do and get the them balanced with no eyes closed. as i said before you need to think about rainy days we get a lot of them here. take a look at the net for blogs on weddings by other photographers. go to weddings fairs and look at there work see if you can do as good, it is different when its going to be your work
best of luck wave
Thanks wave, its not an over night decision its something im looking to do in the future so am getting as much feedback and info as possible.
Will make sure I know what im doing before I jump off the deep end ;)
Unless it sounds too hard and stressfull then I will just take pictures of kittens :D
hi it is stressful but when i did it i got a lot out of it when i saw the finished result. as has been said before try and get a job as a second shooter or an assistant to get a feel for it
again best of luck
Thansk again for the advice, all taken on board.
Just found this thread which is helpful
29-10-10, 12:31 PM
It would be a good idea if you could, to go out with an experienced wedding photographer and take candid shots and at the same time get a feel for the business. I did wedding photography for 15 years, the stress factor changed for the better when digital cameras came on the scene, as there wasn't the waiting all week to see the results taken on film.
More people these days are wanting candid type images, so as already mentioned you will need lots of memory and batteries.
25-04-11, 07:57 PM
Mind if I add a bit more? I used to do wedding photography many years ago but in film, and I did all my own processing from developing to printing to wedding album. If you take up the excellent advice our grand forum members have provided then you will be on the starter for ten. Do have a go at being an assistant for someone, and then you will realise that you also will benefit from having your own assisitant. I found this a great help, he/she can hold a reflector for you when necessary, either white or gold, and also they can round up the guests for the next shot while you are doing the current shot. An assistant needs to have a loud voice and an ability to bully people, but nicely, almost with military precision as sometimes the guests will misbehave on purpose just to wind up the photographer. Another role would be to keep an eye on the 'David Baileys' who try to get between the official photographer and his subjects, don't let them spoil any shots and believe me some of them can be quite obnoxious. It has already been said and it's important to remember that this is a very special day for the bride and groom, no going back for another chance if the pics get messed up. A good photographer will make it all seem effortless through sheer experience and being totally familiar with his camera under any conditions. Follow the advice already given as well and it's possible to make a good income, I know of photographers who charge £3000 inc a dvd of the occasion. I can think of one who was just like you at your stage and began in a small way with a cheap camera, and he now commands fees like the one above. I wish you all success.
25-04-11, 08:29 PM
Hi Sitan. Hope you got my input as something strange seems to be happening here, after posting my reply I couldn't find it anywhere and now suddenly it's come back, and I found it through a back door route, so I hope you can read it. All the best.
Thanks very much for your information and reply to my question.
You have provided some fantastic and essential advice, unfortunantly finances have put a hold on things for me at the moment so I can't afford the second body and lenses I need to go down this road.
I really wouldn't want to do something as important as someones wedding without the right equipment.
I have taken on board your advice and will keep it in mind if the time arrises where I can get the equipment to do this very rewarding photography genre.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my thread and hope you had a great easter.
27-04-11, 10:14 AM
Hi Simon. Yes I had a good Easter thanks, I hope you did too. About gear for wedding photography, I don't wish to make too light of this subject but in all seriousness I know of photographers who started out with, and covered many weddings with nothing more than a basic camera body and a standard 50mm f1.8 lens and flashgun. They always seemed to get plenty of work too. In this day and age I think we have become overly concerned with things and perhaps fear failure more then ever. With digital it seems hard to really mess anything up as there's always editing software to make corrections post shooting. Just a thought. All the best.
I understand what you are saying but in todays environment not only would you ruin someones wedding by not having a backup body but you could get sued for lots of dosh by not being as prepared as you could.
Especially the amount people are willing to pay for your services.
I just wouldn't want that amount of presure on me if my only camera went kaput as the ceremony was about to start.
If it was that simple it would be a great way for me to get started and earn the money I need for the right equipment.
Thanks again for your input and advice.
29-04-11, 05:55 AM
I understand what you are saying and about how things are today, I guess in this country we have imported the 'compensation culture' from the USA, and it really does instill fear into people. If you are looking to earn extra cash from photography, it's sad to say but it's one of those areas in life where if you don't have the proper equipment which costs a bomb, then it becomes rather frustrating. For example, the local cricket team where I live asked me to do a shoot of a match and all the action, but I couldn't even consider it until I had bought a Sigma 120-400mm lens, which cost me over £600. At a cricket match one is a long way from the players at the edge of the field and any smaller zoom would not suffice, don't forget that this lens at the long end equates to a 600mm lens in film terms and gives that power of magnification on a camera with a sensor like the one in my D300. If you look at my images there's one titled 'owzat' where I captured the ball midwicket.
My passion is motor cycle racing and depending where you can position yourself at the trackside will determine what lens you can use. I've taken decent pics with my 18-200mm lens where I can get close, but at other sites I need the Sigma 120-400mm. If you make good prints at A4 there are plenty of bikers who will buy them when you next go to a race, and if you charge £10 and sell ten then it's worth it. I can't think of any kind of photography that pays good money and you only need basic inexpensive gear, maybe someone else can offer some suggestions. Please don't be put off Simon, I had to wait for retirement until I could afford decent digital gear. All the very best. Mike.
I joined this forum today. I am fond of photography, and want to be in the same field. So, before finalizing this as my career, I want to have a idea what all skills and investment it requires to give a proper start. The discussion above is very informative, it throws light the reason I joined this forum .
Keep posting!! I will do the same as and whenever I get something useful to share.
15-07-11, 10:30 AM
Always remember, if you are taking the photographs, then you are in charge of that and you need to get people to move to YOUR agenda....not always easy, but it will pay it's rewards if you can.
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