Whether you are entrusting the photographing of your wedding to a friend, or you are that camera-loving friend who has just agreed to shoot your first wedding, the prospect of having an amateur photographer cover a wedding can be an intimidating one. A wedding is like a giant photo shoot, with hundreds of must-capture moments, dozens of important people, and an overwhelming imperative to keep everything moving calmly and smoothly. Here are just a few tips that will keep the wedding day running more smoothly, and hopefully produce photos the bride and groom will love and cherish for the rest of their lives.
1. An engagement photo shoot can be a great way to get to know the couple and prepare your wedding photography style. Every girl loves to show off their diamond engagement rings, and any guy who just had to buy diamonds will want the whole world to see it!
2. A ‘shot list’, or a list of everyone who needs to be photographed, is a great way to ensure that no relatives or friends are left out of the important photos. You may ask for a list of names of friends and family, or even a set of photos that will help you recognize when Grandma Mildred is dancing with the groom. The shot list can also include all the important moments of the ceremony, which can be especially helpful if the couple is having an nontraditional or religious ceremony where you are unfamiliar with the details.
3. One way to ensure that all the necessary moments are captured in a smooth and orderly way is to assign one family member the position of ‘family photo coordinator’. This person will be in charge of deciding the order of the family photos, rounding up the necessary relatives for each shot, and moving people in and out of your frame as you take the photos. This helps the family photos run smoothly so everyone can get back to the party with their sanity intact!4. If you have never been to the location where the wedding will be held, it might be a good idea to visit the venue and scout