Top 10 Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners

I’ve been in this wedding photography game for a while now. It is, without doubt, more than just a job. You get to meet some amazing couples, and you get to share the happiest day of their lives with them.

I mean, what’s not to love about that?

I also like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way. This isn’t a guide for the best camera settings for wedding ceremonies, or whether mirrorless cameras are better than DSLRs, nor is it a guide to using off camera flash during the wedding day.

If you’re looking for any of those things, then you’re in the wrong place my friend.

Personally, I like to think of it as a “Follow these tips and you won’t f*ck up” guide.

So if you’re just starting out in the wedding photography industry (or even if you’re a seasoned pro willing to listen to another photographer’s opinion), then follow these tips and you won’t go far wrong.

Top 10 Wedding Photography tips for Beginners:

  1. Always be in possession of a ridiculous amount of batteries. You can never have enough of them.
  2. Always be in possession of a ridiculous amount of memory cards. See point 1.
  3. Try and make an effort to get to know the names of as many people as you can. Shouting, “Oi you! Get over there and smile!” never goes down particularly well (nor does it a good photo make).
  4. Never stop learning. The exposure triangle will never change, but your creativity will if you don’t take care of and nurture it.
  5. If a couple says they’d like 10 group photos, they mean 20. If they say 20, prepare to take 40. Allow 2 minutes for each group photo and then double it.
  6. If the venue says the meal is at 4pm, make sure you’ve wrapped all the couple’s portraits 15 minutes before then AT THE LATEST. Don’t ever piss off the wedding planner or the venue. You WILL regret it.
  7. Be nice to your fellow suppliers, and don’t bitch about the state of the industry with them. You’re in this game because you love it, and if you don’t, leave it to those of us who do.
  8. Don’t slag off difficult couples in Facebook groups either. Someone in there is bound to know them and WILL invariably tell them. It also makes you look like a bit of a dick.
  9. Be confident, funny and outgoing, even if on the inside you’re insecure, dour and introverted. The couple and all the guests will notice and appreciate it.
  10. Above all else, smile! Ever noticed how professional dancers are always beaming from ear to ear, no matter how difficult the routine? Be like them, even if nothing you’re doing is coming off on the day of the wedding.
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