Grabbed the mail the other day, and a cover story on my husband’s copy of Popular Photography (June 2014 issue) caught my eye.
“How to Shoot Weddings (When You’re Not a Wedding Shooter).”
Now I’m thinkin’, “Great. An article on how to fake-it for wannabe wedding photographers.” Ok, I’m really not a cynical person, but I am a firm advocate for having a professional vendor team – your dj, your planner, your photographer, all of them – who is experienced and knows weddings.
I was pleasantly surprised.
In the article, author Peter Kolonia gives 25 dos and don’ts that advises the soon-to-be wedding photographer (probably a friend or family member of the engaged couple) to:
- do their homework (visit websites of wedding photographers, search the net for wedding photos taken at the venue)
- be prepared (practice with any unfamiliar equipment, get the day’s agenda, have extra batteries & memory cards, discuss what photos the couple wants
- be realistic (make sure the couple knows you’re doing this as a favor and can’t guarantee results, securely store full memory cards, bring an assistant).
I still believe in using a pro wedding photographer – but for the couple who really wants their friend or relative with a little skill behind the lens to do the honor, the tips in this article can help avoid a disaster, while helping to set and meet realistic expectations.
Hearts, Joy, Love!
If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 937-235-2586.