In years gone by, most people only got married once in their lifetime, so it was a very important event that needed to be photographed as a keepsake and a way to share the memories of the special day.
Most people attend several weddings in their lifetime, but these days you might even participate in a few of them.
Weddings are always photographed, either by hired professionals, friends or relatives. However, there are several styles in which you can shoot a wedding. You can cover them in an illustrative, photojournalistic, creative or impressionistic manner.
However, you should decide which type of wedding photos you prefer well ahead of time and let the photographers know. You may also want to have them try a few shots as samples before the event, so you’re all on the same page.
If you’re taking photos at somebody else’s wedding, make sure you know the photography etiquette for it as the procedures for photographers often vary from wedding to wedding.
For instance, you may or may not be able to use flash. Make sure you are in a position to get a good view of the proceedings and don’t forget to take the proper equipment and backup. You don’t want your battery to drop dead just as the bride and groom are about to kiss.
It’s also a good idea to attend the wedding rehearsal so you know the best times to take shots during the wedding. Remember, a wedding is a large social event, and it’s a great time to take photos of other family members and friends as well as the happy couple.