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While an ex­pe­ri­enced wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher may be able to get the most from a lo­ca­tion on the day, it’s worth con­sid­er­ing go­ing along to the wed­ding venue be­fore the event to give your­self some ideas of where you might be able to shoot the more for­mal groups and posed shots of the couple. It’s a good idea to check the po­si­tion that the sun will be in on the day, and to pre­pare a back-up plan for places that might of­fer some cov­ered shoot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties if the weather closes in.

Even ex­pe­ri­enced wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers of­ten find it use­ful to have a shot list with them on the day. This will help to en­sure that you have cap­tured all of the most im­por­tant events and im­ages on the day, along with any spe­cific shots that the clients have asked you to cap­ture. Try to keep the list short and con­cise by only in­clud­ing the most im­por­tant im­ages that you need to shoot. Then on the day you should only need to re­fer to it oc­ca­sion­ally, as it won’t in­spire con­fi­dence in your abil­i­ties if

you spend more time check­ing the shot list than cap­tur­ing the couple’s mag­i­cal mo­ments.

Don’t ex­pect to get a huge num­ber of book­ings in your first year of busi­ness… even if you take book­ings, they will of­ten be for wed­dings six to 12 months away

Scout the venue in ad­vance to find lo­ca­tions that will work, es­pe­cially if the weather sud­denly changes

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