Besides the wedding reception, photography may well be the most expensive line item in a wedding budget. An average price tag of $4,000 for wedding photos plus video is common. DIY wedding photos and video would be much more affordable, but remember you only get once chance to capture the cherished images of this day. Are you willing to take a chance on an amateur, a family member, a friend? Professional photographers are reliable and consistent. Most photographers have quite a bit of experience and can offer insight and assistance to achieve the desired pictures. It’s an important event and a very long day. Do you want to ask that much of a friend or family member? Of course you wouldn’t want to lose a friendship or cause hard feelings over a wedding snafu.
If you decide to DIY for the wedding day, we have some wonderful books here at the library.
Wedding photography books are designed to help both the wedding couple and their DIY historian navigate the world of wedding photography and videography. These books include detailed information on organization, technical skills and the common issues of each part of your wedding. The books on photography in the Wedding Neighborhood won’t turn you into a professional photographer overnight, but they will teach you how to get the best wedding shots possible with the skills and equipment you already have.
The best way to improve your photography skills, of course, is to practice a lot and then practice some more! Take a critical look at the outcome of your shots to see what works and what doesn’t. Also look at other people’s shots to gain new ideas and perspectives. Creativity will help you tell the wedding day story in a fun and satisfying way.
There are two very broad styles of wedding photographs: posed and photojournalistic. The biggest difference between the two styles is the presence or absence of photographer intervention and/or direction. A mix of styles is nice, depending on the situation. No matter which style (or combination) you choose, it’s good to have a “shot list” or repertoire in mind for the event.
Even if you choose to go with a seasoned photographer instead of a DIY novice, we have some great information to use in the planning of photos to capture the scenes and memories of that all important day.
- What type of coverage are you expecting from your photographer? Documentary-style would cover the events as they happen. Candid images and interviews are fun and not necessarily traditional in nature. Formal shots are completely staged and organized by the photographer.
- Wedding Timeline. It is vitally important for the person documenting the event to know the important points of the day, time, and place. Will pictures be taken at the bride’s home, beauty shop, church, park or somewhere else?
- Shot List. This list can be built by the bride, groom and photographer well ahead of time.
- Equipment. What equipment is owned, should be rented or borrowed, or is even necessary? (ex.: tripod for camcorder, lights, batteries)
- Money. What is the charge for shooting the wedding? Is it a gift to the couple? Is a down payment required?
- Post production. Is a finished product going to be presented to the couple? Is there a deadline for the finished product to be completed? Or is the couple responsible for printing the pictures and editing the video?There are two very broad styles of wedding photographs: posed and photojournalistic. The biggest difference between the two styles is the presence or absence of photographer intervention and/or direction. A mix of styles is nice, depending on the situation. No matter which style (or combination) you choose, it’s good to have a “shot list” or repertoire in mind for the event.
A great tip for those taping the wedding day is to interview family members and guests, maybe even the bride and groom themselves. To get those in attendance to relax and open up, suggest they record a greeting for the couple or share stories of activities or events they were involved in together. Ask the honored couple how the felt before the wedding started, when they saw each other for the first time, or funny things that happened. Use their thoughts as intros for different parts of the video. Be sure to provide good audio equipment to enhance the greetings and stories from those you interview.
So, are you inspired and encouraged to practice and prepare for that upcoming wedding? Then go pull out your camera and get busy! And if you need some more tips and techniques, check out some of these books down the aisle in the Wedding Neighborhood of your library.