On the job
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