Hey fellow photographer how is it going? I am Michael Zelbel and today I want to give you some tips for you shooting your first wedding. Now I am shooting a wedding today and I have just arrived at the bride’s home where she is finishing the last preparations for the party and I will use this to give you a couple of tips that I think will be useful especially if you are just starting out wedding photography.
One of the tips that I would like to give you is have an assistant who is caring about the light, now I have got my assistant over here, my dear wife Emily. Actually I would say she is my art director because she is more artistic than I am myself personally and she is caring a port light and that is very very important. Why? What is very important thing in photography? Yeah the light! You need somebody who can handle it and what she will do is for all of the photos that we will take today she had got this monopod with the speedlight on top. I remote control the speedlight from the camera and she will use a shoot-through umbrella, that is why she is easily hold it up somewhere, hold it somewhere where it would be hard to place a light stand or anything. We are very very flexible with the set up and it makes for a very beautiful light.
Another tip that I would like to give you is: if you are not a manual flash shooter, if you are not used to set up the shoot manually, use ETTL, use ITTL whatever your camera system supports. I personally love to use ETTL which makes it very flexible so Emily can get very close to the subject or further away and ETTL will take care of the right amount of fill in flash. I don’t have to care, Emily doesn’t have to care it is done automatically and that is so sweet. So unless you are really a hot core manual shooter I would suggest go for an automatic for your flash.
And here we are now inside the restaurant on location and one thing I would like to suppose is, if you are the photographer, be the first one on location, right now the guests are already coming we have been here a while ago which enabled us to shoot some photos of the decorations, of the location itself. And these photos may later on serve for thank you cards or stuff like that so it is footage that you may want to have even though there are no people on the photos but you definitely want to shoot them, be first on location before anyone else comes and use that time to get familiar with the place and shoot some photos already.
Another tip I would like to give you is always prepare a list with the scenes that you are going to shoot during the wedding. And this includes all the photos from the very beginning up to the very end, everything that the couple would definitely want to have, everything that the relatives would expect. Of course you will shoot much more but to have a list of all the scenes, it leads you through the day and you can check off one scene after another and by the end of the day, you know you already or at least have your bread and butter scene so to speak shot the other stuff you shoot is just on top.
Another tip I would like to share with you is always have your business cards with you and a pen so that you can write something on to it because on such an event so many people will come to you and ask you hey can you give me the photo, can you send me the photo, so you just write the photo number on your business card, hand them over the card and tell them give me an email and I would send you the photo afterwards. This way they have your address and if they like your stuff, they might book you so this will not stay only wedding.
One more tip I would like to give you is always have the organizer of the party on speed dial really on speed dial make them know who you are, that you will call them because they know what is going on, they know exactly when does the car with the couple arrive, they know when does the wedding cake arrive and stuff like that so be in contact with the organizer of the party.
This wraps our video on the tips on your first wedding shoot and I hope you find it useful, probably I would like to give you just one final tip and that is just have fun, enjoy the party because it will be visible on your photos if you enjoyed the party and had fun. Okay but that is all for today I hope I see you next Thursday in the next post so until then, I wish you a lot of fun in your shoots. Shoot a wedding perhaps and good light.