Michael and Victoria are a professional wedding photographer for 5 years in wedding photojournalist style. Having shot over a 300 weddings means more than pitch appointments. After all of these years of meeting with couples, They shares the preferred sitting orientation when presenting a sample wedding album and wedding photojournalist style. They tours a home studio presentation area, and explains why it works, and whether you should have couples share one book during the pitch meeting, or two. Also, what type of table is ideal for showing albums and wedding photojournalist style.
Learn the interests of the bride and groom
If you’re hanging out with them for several hours before the ceremony, a few nuggets of inside knowledge will help craft better photos. I basically knew nothing about the couple.
When I needed to kill time with the guys before the ceremony and hide them from seeing the bridal party, I struggled to come up with ideas for wacky photos.
I think an oddball questionnaire filled out weeks in advance would help get the creative juices flowing. (Can you think of funky questions that could help create cool poses?)
If you’re dealing with people you’ve never met before, smiling will hopefully relax family, relatives and guests of your presence at the wedding.
Bite your tongue
You’re on the job, so work hard and get the shots you’re paid for. Besides, it’s their party, not yours.
Be in the loop to help anticipate the moments
Know the schedule of the entire wedding. Be in the best location possible with the lenses needed to capture the moment, but don’t forget to…
Compliment the other photographer’s photos
Are you working with another photographer? Get photos that will compliment their photos. Find a different perspective. (Noel learned from me by using a low vantage point – very cool!)
Also, use a different lens than the other photographer at that point in time (not the entire time).
Methodically take a ridiculous amount of photos
What do I mean by that?
There might be some instances where a 3-shot burst might yield one sharp photo. Or, if you’re in a tight situation where can’t change settings freely, try auto exposure bracketing. Just deal with the extra exposures. You can nuke the extraneous ones after the fact, but you can never recreate the same [candid] scene. I think it’s worth it.
If you’re the type to give the couple all the photos on a disc, this might mean a lot to someone they know…someday. You just never know.
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