How Hard Can it Be to Take Our Own Wedding Pictures?

How hard can it be to take your own wedding photos


Kent Chua Wellington Wedding Photographer + Elopement Photographer


Your wedding is approaching rapidly and as the anxiety is growing in everybody associated with the big day, two big concerns are weighing on everybody. Are they?




(1) How can the stress of that big day be reduced?



(2) How do we reduce the costs?



These two questions also conflict with each other, because you have to increase the work that someone has to do to reduce stress. The idea will come up sometime during the time frame of preparation. Do you photographs your own wedding? Maybe John Jones is somebody like a brother who 's good at photography? Or just a family-friend. The appeal is they'll save you a pile of money and probably do just as good a job as the costly photographers.





While you certainly want to watch out for this important job before you turn over, perhaps you or someone at the wedding party can take the photos as well as a professional. After all, how many wedding nightmares have you heard of a professional photographer who either damaged the romantic nature of the ceremony by butting in too often, aggravated the guests by blotting out their view of the wedding to get an action shot or charged an arm and a leg just to deliver poor quality photos.





In fact, is it completely possible for amateur photographer to do a terrific job shooting a wedding. But if that job has fallen to you there are some guidelines you should follow. If you are reading this as a bride, groom or anxious mother and consider using a friend for these pictures, spend an hour going beyond these guidelines and not only will you get better pictures, your level of anxiety will also go down.






1. Know the inside and out of your equipment. Whether you're using a run of the mill digital camera or an expensive setup that took you years to get up and running, make sure that everything is in top-notch working order and you're familiar with every machine nuance. Remember the law of Murphy. If anything goes wrong, it does. So keep Murphy out of the wedding by checking your camera and related equipment, and double checking.






2. Have every possible spares. If the camera 's operation involves batteries, have several spare sets on hand, and know where they are. If the batteries go out as the alter poses the bride and party, you want to delay an hour why you're running to the 7-11 for more. The same applies to flash bulbs, and even to the camera itself. Have spare parts of everything possible so Murphy just goes down the road to make his mess at the next wedding.






3. The photograph is about more than just bride and groom. If you're used to staging your photos, maybe you don't worry about room activity that often. After all, if everyone is posing, they control the environment. This is not going to be the case during an action shot like at wedding or reception. Keep a keen awareness of the room, the activity around the subjects, the lighting and the props for background. You don't want to make the perfect shot of kissing bride and groom just to have Cousin Ned gagging in the background on the cake.






4. Be aware of window glare, lights, and eyeglasses. These might just sneak up on you.



As a rule, someone who is part of the event can get great shots because they know the people and can be mixing as those wonderful little moments?occur. So it's worth a try if you feel good about the skills of your photographer and they follow these little guidelines.

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