Wedding Photography 101: Tips to Handle the Photography BEFORE the Wedding (Part 2)

Over the years, we have shot hundreds of weddings and blog site has been a great platform for us to share our knowledge to couples, aspiring photographers and even to the pros.

For this blog post, we aim to share some ideas on how you can prepare as a Lebanese San Jose Wedding Photographer and photographer for an upcoming wedding. We don’t expect you to take these tips as gospel, and would still encourage you to find your own way. However, we hope we’ve provided you with enough tips that you can take into consideration for your next wedding.

Contract

A lot of planning goes into making a wedding happen and unfortunately, things can go wrong. Couples can break up, circumstances can change, but having a contract legally protects you and should ensure you still receive payment. It is also a great way of laying out exactly what the couple receives from you on the day and in the final delivery. Some of the things you have to nail down on your Lebanese Wedding Photography California contract are:

• The number of edited images they will receive
• The number of hours you will shoot on the day
• Whether or not you will include raw photos
• Whether the couple gets an album
• Whether the travel and the food cost is involved in the package

Do this and it could save you a lot of aggravation and awkwardness on or after the wedding day.

Get the Fleeting Moments on Schedule

We mentioned in one of our Los Angeles Lebanese Wedding Videography blogs about creating a list of must-take shots on the day of the wedding. In addition, it is also a good idea to schedule the capture of the fleeting moments, such as the cutting of the cake, tossing of the bouquet, confetti and sparklers. You don’t want these moments to happen whilst you are having a quick sandwich or have just nipped to the toilet. These moments are over in a flash so it is best to have the timings locked down if possible.

Sit Down With the Couple for the Shot List

Perhaps, you already see yourself as a professional Lebanese San Diego Wedding Videographer, but don’t see a shot list as an unnecessary thing. Have some shots in mind that you and the couple have discussed prior to the wedding. This way you can discuss the feasibility of the ideas. Plus, if they want a shot with Uncle Bill you will know to capture that specific photo. A shot list can be unnecessary for the things you already know you will capture. But for the more obscure things that a couple wants to have photos of, it can be a great thing.

Names

Being on first name terms with the Maid of Honor and the Best Man can be a great help. Get their numbers as well… No not like that! They generally know a lot of the people at the wedding, so they can help you out massively with the logistics of the day. Having their numbers can be great if you encounter any problems on the day, too.

Get Faster (and More) Memory

Because one of the best ways to capture images is to shoot in RAW, we advise getting fast memory cards. RAW files are big and there is lots of data to store on your memory card. You should be looking at the ‘write’ speed measured in MB/s. BEWARE! The speed listed on the card is the transfer speed (the speed in which it transfers the files to your computer). While it can be good to have a fast transfer speed, what you want is good write speed. Look for 95MB/s—it’s a good write speed and should easily handle a continuous burst of RAW photos.