Wedding Photography 101: Tips to Handle the Photography AFTER the Wedding (Part 3)

Now that you are fully equipped for before and during the wedding, here at Saiaf Films we give to you some more tips and insights on how to handle the wedding photography AFTER the wedding.

Don’t Shy Away From Using Black-and-White

The beauty of shooting digital, and especially in RAW, is that you can convert your files to black and white later in the post-production process. If you have trouble seeing contrast, you can even shoot the whole wedding in black and white. This really simplifies the photography as you don’t get distracted by colour, especially with hindu cultures, which is known for having the most colourful weddings. You can then convert them to colour in post-production. Black and white conversion can be particularly helpful with the unpredictable lighting you get as a wedding photographer. It isn’t a substitute for bad photography, but it can definitely make an emotional photo pop.

Express Deliver

You might have included in your contract that the photos will be ready within 8 weeks. However, the quicker you can get the photos edited and delivered to your couple, the happier they will be. It shows you care about their wedding. It is also a great reason for them to refer you to family and friends if you are going above and beyond their expectations.

Learn From Every Photo Taken

The absolute beauty of digital photography is that you can shoot and shoot and shoot. It might be tempting to delete images that don’t work right away, but we strongly recommend to just hold on it. There is plenty of time for scrapping out poorly taken imaged in post-production. You don’t need to add another job on the wedding day. Additionally, you have to think that images can be manipulated in the editing, whether that’s cropping or sharpening slightly. If you find that a photo is a poor shot, look at it closely and realize where you went wrong to help you improve.

Ask Couples for Their Referral

Once you have delivered your photos to the couple and you know they absolutely love them, ask them if they know anyone else who is getting married and have they booked a photographer yet. Referrals are a great way to acquire bookings as their friends have often seen you working at their wedding. They also then get to see the end result in the form of wedding photographs.

A great way to keep your couple happy after the wedding is to send them a few preview images. They might be expecting this if you have discussed it in your contract, but if they’re not it can be a great surprise. Just drop them an email telling them how much you enjoyed their wedding and give them some indication as to when the final images will be complete. This is a great way to keep them in the loop. Additionally, they will likely share these images on Facebook or with family and friends which can be great for referrals.

Honor Traditions

Weddings in sikh cultures and arab cultures are quite traditional, so listen to what your couple wants to achieve with their wedding photos. With such colorful cultures, you may need to exert a little more effort to make colors pop and look more vivid in still images.