My first opportunity to take wedding photos has arrived! My two friends Jared and Amanda are getting married this September and I am taking some of their wedding photos. So I figured I’d blog about wedding photography, which is what I’ve been dying to get into. I’ve heard wedding photography can be very difficult, but also very rewarding. Either way I’m up for the challenge!
There are several parts of wedding photography. On the day, pictures of the bride and groom getting ready are taken and the photographer usually snags a few shots of the bride in her dress. The photographer can also get photos of the bride with her bridesmaids, the groom and his groomsmen, and pictures of the dress, shoes, bouquet, and other details. The more shots the photographer can check off the list before the ceremony the better. Here are couple of pre-ceremony photos that I like:
Getting photos of the actual ceremony can be tricky. I prefer outdoor ceremonies because the light is SO much better for photographs (unless it’s raining of course). However, tons of ceremonies are in churches and reception halls where the light may not be good. Some churches prefer photographers not to use flash. It is important to have a camera lens that has a good enough aperture in order to let in the most light possible. It is also important to have a tripod so that the photos are not blurry. Having an assistant or another photographer is also a good idea because your might battery die or you might miss an important shot.
Everyone wants pictures of the bride walking down the aisle, the exchanging of vows, and the newly married couple:
After the ceremony photos of the wedding party and the newly weds usually take place. These look like they can be a lot of fun.
It would be a good idea to get to the reception ahead of time to photograph the decor and all the details. After looking at hundreds of examples of wedding photography, I’ve found that the photos are all about the details. Brides spend hours and hours preparing every tiny detail of their day, and it is imporant as a photographer to capture those details. I LOVE looking at some of these pictures:
Finally, there are usually many important traditions to photograph at the reception. There’s the first dance, the cake cutting, the bouquet toss, and sometimes the couple wants random snapshots of the guests too. Here’s a couple photos I enjoyed looking at:
As the day gets closer, I’m more and more excited to photograph Jared and Amanda’s wedding. I’ll make sure to post photos after the big day!
*None of the photos in this post were taken by me. Most of them were taken by amazing photographers that have been featured on the website stylemepretty.com