shooting a wedding

Preparing for Your First WeddingYou’ve been trying to break into the photo business for a few months now. After many dedicated months of studying the business of photography, playing with your equipment and convincing family members to model for you, you finally have your very first gig!

This could be shooting a wedding of a friend or co-worker who didn't have the budget for a pro, or you could be tagging along as a second shooter. Doesn't matter. This is your first wedding and you want to make it count!

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This is the third installment of a three-part series on preparing to shoot your first wedding. The first step is figuring out the important shots to take when shooting a wedding. The second step is scouting out the location prior to the wedding.

The final step in preparing for your first wedding is reviewing the timeline and putting together your own game plan. This is the most important thing you can do to prepare yourself to photograph a wedding.

When it comes to the timeline, you need to know what is expected to happen and when. You know how the saying goes…if you fail to plan…you plan to fail.

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This is part 2 in our “How to Photograph a Wedding” Series. Part 1 is figuring out which shots to take. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a good wedding shoot. One of the most important things you can do as a new wedding photographer is to check out the venues prior to the wedding. A lot of new wedding photographers wonder if they should scope out the venue prior to the wedding? The answer is yes, absolutely.

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This post is a first in a series “How to Photograph a Wedding”. We are covering the most important steps you need to take when preparing to photograph your first wedding. If a friend has asked you to photograph their wedding, consider this a guide to get you ready for the big day. Photographing a wedding is nerve racking for even seasoned professionals. A lot is on the line, and there are no do overs. The best approach is to be well prepared. One of the most important steps you can take to get you ready, so you know how to photograph a wedding, is to study key shots and when to expect them. There are certain part of a wedding that are universal.

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