Three Ways to Improve Your Wedding Photography | Teaching Tuesday
by Amy Lyn, Wedding Editor
1. Remember Mom and Dad
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the bride and groom make them the only focus of the day. Without being intentional, I’ve found a photographer can easily go through the wedding day without remembering to capture enough images of the parents. I am careful to photograph both sets of parents (and grandparents and siblings) at key points throughout the day. And, not just capture them but in a flattering portrait I am sure they will love.
My second shooter grabbed this image while I captured the kiss. The bride and groom would never see this reaction without the photograph.
2. Complete Formal Photographs Quickly
They are not the most fun or most creative photographs of the day, but often they are the most treasured–family formals. After the ceremony, I capture the basic family groups and bridal party in a well lit but efficient set up. I believe the key is to do this quickly. Grandparents often can’t stand for very long, kids get antsy, and everyone is itching to get on with the night.
I am careful to capture all the important people but I plan ahead and make it as orderly as possible. I prefer to start with the largest group on the bride’s side removing people as I go until I have all the desired combinations. I then switch to his side. On an average wedding, formals take no more than 20-30 minutes. Then, I move on to more creative photographs of just the bridal party and couple (usually at a different location.)
3. Learn to Use Off-Camera Lighting at the Reception
Reception Venues are by nature dark. Sometimes very dark. Your on camera flash cannot give enough light at times without some help. You can supplement your flash with off camera lighting that adds just enough to give your subjects dimension without looking so blown out and “flashy.”
You can see below how the light skims across the room to light the scene but without looking as if I used flash.