Top wedding Photography Tips for Beginners

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  • Meet and talk with the couple beforehand, and discuss what images they are looking for. Make a list, which will be your minimal requirement.
  • Show the couple other shots you have done. They will probably want to recreate a few images/ideas.
  • Get every combination of shots with relatives. If a few don’t get used, that’s ok.
  • The secret art to this type of photography is to capture everything important about the day while discreetly staying in the background. Observe all without being observed.
  • Scout the Location. Find out where the couple will be taking their vows. Find a great place to stand in order to capture the images you/they are wanting. A few test shot might prove useful latter on. Pay particular attention to lighting conditions and potential backgrounds.
  • Find the little details, and capture them. We mean macro shots – the ring, the bride’s glove, a single flower, table setting, cake topper …etc. Having small and large images of a wedding gives a sense of epis scale.
  • A big group shot is pretty much essential. Take several of these, even if only one ends up being used. Look for some good locations beforehand.
  • A second camera with a different lens can make all the difference. It is too time consuming to keep changing the lens on the day.
  • Aim to include anything that adds to the uniqueness or atmosphere of this particular wedding
  • Lighting is always important. Photoshop will compensate for some smaller lighting issues, but larger problems are difficult and time consuming to fix. Better to get the image right first time.
  • Shoot in RAW or the equivalent uncompressed file type. This will give you more leeway when editing photos, and will simply give better images.
  • Don’t delete any bad shots. Some great images can be made by cropping some shots that initially looked like mistakes.
  • Continual shooting mode, several fast images all in a row, can be extremely useful. There will only be one chance of capturing the Jewish bride stamping on the glass; continual shooting mode will give you several images to choose from. It is also useful for posed shots, as a shot of people after they pose can sometime be the best image.
  • Try a few odd angles and perspective, as long as you don’t miss a good shot.
  • Have more data memory for your camera than anticipated. Memory devices are cheap these days. Have room to spare.


Being a Sydney Wedding photographer for many years we have learnt what works, but also that no two situations are alike. No checklist will cover all weddings photo requirements, but a unique list for each wedding goes a long way towards getting the best result. The professional Wedding photographer knows this, and is always open to the changing situation.

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