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Tips & Tricks

10 Essential Wedding Photography Tips For a Flawless Shoot

By Shivani Reddy on March 17th 2016

Pye and our friend Jay. P Morgan from The Slanted Lens discusses ten photography tips that will help you plan, anticipate, and execute flawless shoots from start to finish.

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1. Mood Boards

Mood boards are a  visual communication tool that allows you to understand what overall mood & feel clients want their images to yield.

2. Condensed Itinerary

Summarize the wedding day timeline and send it out to your team to ensure everyone fully understands the flow of the wedding day.

3. Arrive Early & Location Scout

Arriving early and scouting for ideal shooting locations gives you the upper hand advantage when you are running against the clock.

4. Sunseeker

This app allows you to track the sun at any given point of the day, helping you plan and budget appropriate time for perfectly lit portraits.

5. Syncing Camera Time

Having all of your shooters sync their cameras to Time.gov will allow for a more efficient workflow when it comes to post-producing your images. Many times, shooters start in different locations, and in order to edit pictures in a chronological sequence, it is imperative to have time settings synced to avoid repetitive images during the culling process.

6. Manual, Manual, Manual

Dial in your camera settings according to each scene to facilitate the post-production process.

7. Posing Framework

When you are pinched for time during a portrait session, having this framework in place allows you to accomplish what you’ve envisioned. For more information, check out Incredible Engagement Photography or Natural Light Couples Photography in the SLR Lounge Store.

8. Triple Check: Camera Settings, Batteries, & Cards

Syncing camera settings with your team will ensure clean shots to make post production simple and easy. Always make sure to have ample battery power and memory space before shooting any major moment.

9. Star Your Images

Selecting the couples’ favorite shots throughout the day is a fantastic way to know which images to use to create teasers and which images should appear in a same-day slideshow.

10. Same-Day Slideshow

Create a simple same-day slideshow by batch processing a series of images. This will serve as a phenomenal marketing tool, letting your work speak for itself.

For more videos of our series of talks with Jay P from The Slanted Lens, check out our playlist on the SLR Lounge YouTube Channel.

Shivani wants to live in a world where laughter is the cure to pretty much everything. Since she can’t claim “Serial Bingewatcher” as an occupation, she’ll settle for wedding/portrait photographer at Lin and Jirsa & marketing coordinator here at SLR Lounge. For those rare moments when you won’t find a camera in her hand, she will be dancing, eating a donut, or most likely watching Seinfeld.

Follow her on Instagram: @shivalry_inc

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Fabian Zaldivar

    Great! Thanks

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  2. Attila Iuhasz

    OK, let’s see 1.Mood Boards, Wow so you have a big studio where the client dictates the poses, I already imagine the conversation, my head is spinning… What about personal style, sticking with your vision/art? I kinda know the answer but I already said too much… 10. Same day slideshow… what about the Bride and the Groom, aren’t they the one supposed to see the pictures first? Isn’t that something beautiful, exciting for them, to anticipate and to get to see the wedding pictures before anyone else? I give you an idea, why don’t you put the engagement pictures on a slideshow, I bet that would be cool for anyone to see … This is purely my opinion, the rest of the tips are of course well known by any experienced wedding photographer but great info for beginners. Overall I’m a little bit disappointed but hey who am I to tell people how to run their business…obviously it’s a very much money oriented business, something like: let’s meet the demand of clients with big budgets, make this engine running. Great Marketing stunt, bravo for that! Again, this is my personal opinion… P.S. Guys just go to fearlessphotographers.com for example and get inspired, learn that there is much much more than this, get a workshop, learn the art before the business…

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I think Pye said use the 1-Star photos to create a slideshow. Hopefully, Pye and team cameras can rate up to 5-Stars. Yes, the 5-Stars should be reserved exclusively by the bride and groom.

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  3. Danny Caro

    Awesome tips! I’m researching this now, but incase anyone can respond, how do you do #9 “Star your Images” from within your camera? Does every camera have this option?

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  4. Patryk Molczan

    Here is my 2 cents. I’m a professional wedding photographer with over 120 weddings in few years. He stated many great tips and they all work…I know this because I use them for all my weddings. One thing I strongly disagree with is. Never ever show your best images to everyone at the wedding.

    The Bride & Groom should be the first ones to see any epic images. 2nd this should happen 2 weeks later after the wedding. This instant show of images takes away from the excitement and art of the business. After 2 weeks the clients are so excited to see their images for the first time.

    This is my opinion deludes the images by showing them to early…especially your 5 star images. This is my personal experience and thats that.

    But than again…I dont have my own show and 100 people working for me :) Thanks for the video and tips.

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  5. James Garcia

    Great tips. Number 2, 4 and 10 are great ideas!

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