You only get one shot at this. Outdoor wedding photography requires a specific know how. Your photographer must be able to see the potentials and drawbacks to a specific photography venue. Here are some simple steps to ensure that your day goes great.
1. Preplan – Your wedding day will be hectic. You will not have the time to creatively structure a full photoshoot. You need to look at some ideas beforehand, and make sure that they suit your particular style. Visit the location and see what obstacles you will face. If you go in with a good idea of your surroundings, you can previsualize the shots you want
2. Timing – Most photographers know lighting is best in the ween hours of the day. Around 4-7 depending on the time of year. Problem is, a lot of brides think that the sunnier the day, the better. The truth is, bright sunlight creates harsh lighting conditions for good portraits photography. Plan the groupshots for later in the day if possible.
3. Punctuality – A wedding is go, go, go. If your bride has family members that are habitually late, then tell them to be there 30 minutes earlier than the shoot will actually start. This ensures that everyone is ready to go at the right time.
4. Use the sun as a backlight – If you have a flash, you can use the sun to create a nice rimlight for your subjects, without silhouetting their faces.
5. Study – Use photographers that you admire for inspiration. You can always use other photographers in order to inspire your own style. I always like to study photographers who have shot in similar locations in order to get an idea of what could be possible. By doing this you are allowing yourself creative flexibility. Just make sure to keep your work original.
6. Bring the proper equipment – Lenses and a camera are a must, but you should also invest in proper lighting equipment. I have found that good off camera flash equipment has helped my photography immensely. A wide angle lens can also help to capture your surroundings.
7. Stay with the trends – You always have to evolve your style to suit the needs of the current industry. Photojournalistic weddings have been popular for the last 5 years, however the industry is moving to a more fashion oriented wedding photography style.
8. Schedule a portrait shoot on a different day! – One great tip that I have found helpful is to schedule a shoot with the bride and groom, in their wedding attire, on a separate day. This will give you the opportunity to set up a great portrait session without the pressure of wedding deadlines!
Michael Anthony Photography is a Santa Clarita, CA Photographer.
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