Let’s be honest, there is just as much jitters that goes on with a photographer as there is with the bride and groom. Often people forget that the photographer has the responsibility of making sure that the photos turn out perfect. There is no second chances to capture a moment in time. It is for this reason that you need to take a deep breath and simply relax and read the next few tips and tricks. Afterwards you will have the courage to tackle the wedding and give the best photos you have ever taken.
First thing that you need to remember is that there is more to taking a good photo than skill. A good photographer will have the ability to be relaxed and build a report with the people that they will be taking photos of. Getting relaxed allows you to feel like you are not just a guest, but actually part of the wedding party.
Keep cool under pressure, remember that nothing always goes the way that it was supposed to. It is often this advice that many photographers will overlook and it will lead to some serious issues. Have confidence and work to get people to listen to your ideas. You have to be careful about this and not come across as controlling, but if done properly, you can make it happen. Also simply be able to think on your feet and adapt and adjust to whatever changes tend to be happening.
Become good friends with the bride and groom, make jokes, play games and all around have a good time and be an entertainer. This will get them to open up to you a lot more and help you to be able to meet their vision without any issues.
Now the serious advice, the biggest thing that you can do is to know your equipment. This is where a lot of people fail right out of the gate. You need to make sure that you know the equipment that you are using and know what limits it has and does not have.
Another idea is to make sure that you scout locations for the photos, this will give you an idea of what lighting you will or won’t have, what obstructions if any you will need to contend with and will allow you the chance to get some ideas as to what type of photos you plan to take.
Make a short list of things that you will need that day to help make sure that you don’t forget anything. Many of even the best photographers will forget minor things like extra batteries or a special lens that they wanted to use. This can lead to a disaster in the making if you are unprepared for the big day. Lay everything out the night before and make sure to plan for extra time to pack and unpack everything from your vehicle.