Crucial Photography Shots for Every Wedding

For many people, photography is one of the most important elements for any wedding. The bride and groom will generally be so busy during the wedding day, that you want to be able to look back and re-live the moments at a later stage, as well as share these moments with friends and family. For that reason, choosing the right photographer for you is crucial.

Most professional photographers will have their own list of crucial shots to get (even if that list is in their head and isn’t written down), but they should always be willing to add any special requests to their list.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

BRIDE PREPARATION:

Getting hair and make-up done

Dressing (keep it G-rated!)

Maid-of-honor zipping/buttoning up the bride’s dress

Mother of the bride helping bride put on veil

Putting on garter

Spraying perfume

Looking in the mirror

With the maid-of-honor

With her parents

GROOM PREPARATION:

With the best man prior to getting ready

Putting on cufflinks

Putting on fragrance

Father of the groom helping to put the groom’s jacket on

Father of the groom fixing the groom’s tie

Groom and the father of the groom shaking hands

With the best man after getting ready

CEREMONY:

Guests being seated

Bride & Groom’s parents being seated

Groom, Best Man & Groomsmen awaiting the Bride

Flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaids and maid of honor walking down the isle

Bride and father of the bride walking down the isle

Father of the bride giving away

Bride and Groom together at alter

Exchanging vows

Exchanging rings

First kiss as a married couple

Signing the wedding certificate

Holding the wedding certificate

Exiting the ceremony venue

Getting into limo

First toast together in limo

FAMILY – GROUP SHOTS (Be sure to get a full length and close up shot of each):

Bride with each of her parents

Groom with each of his parents

Bride with her parents and siblings

Groom with his parents and siblings

Bride with her grandparents

Groom with his grandparents

Both with both sets of parents

Both with both sets of parents and siblings

Bride and Maid of Honour

Bride, Maid of Honour and bridesmaids

Groom and Best Man

Groom, Best Man & Groomsmen

All the women & girls

All the men & boys

Group shot with everyone

RECEPTION:

Parents being announced

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen being announced

Bride and Groom being announced

Bride and Groom’s first dance together

Bride and Groom dancing with family members (Bride with father, Groom with Mother, Bride with father in law, Groom with mother in law)

Best man’s speech & toast to the Bride and Groom

Toasting with champagne glasses

Close up of the wedding cake

Cake cutting

Kiss after the cake cutting

Bride throwing the bouquet

Groom removing Bride’s garter

Bride and Groom’s last dance

Remember, the above shots are to be used as a guide only.

All the best for your wedding!

Camera Angles in Photography

Do you know where to position yourself when you are photographing something? Where do you think is the best position you need to stay in a certain situation? In order for you to know, let us learn the camera angles in photography.

There are three camera angles in photography. These are the High Angle (birds eye view), Normal Angle (man’s eye view), and Low Angle (worm’s eye view). As you can see, these camera angles are not just applied in photography. If you are in Engineering or Architecture, these terms are very familiar to you.

The first camera angle in photography that we’ll talk about is the High Angle. This is a camera angle wherein the camera is above the subject. This is used to diminish the subject. For a human subjects for example, it causes dwarfing. It is also used in landscape photography to be able to include almost everything in the viewfinder.

Okay, let’s then proceed to the camera angle in photography for the normal eye level – The Normal Angle. This angle is based on the position we people generally see things. It gives a natural feel to subjects. This camera angle in photography is usually used in model photography, photo documentation, or any people photography things. This is because in photographing people, we don’t like them to get dwarfed or skewed whatsoever. Although there are times that we also change angle just to give some variety and art.

The last camera angle in photography that I want to share is the Low Angle. This Angle emphasizes height and power. A person photographed in a low angle (with matching facial expression of course) can show that he is proud of something. A small little plant shot from lowest angle possible can also show some heights despite its little stature.

Once again, the key here is to take the photos in the angle that suits the need based on what I discussed above. It is also better to take as many angles as possible if time allows. This will let you choose from many angles in case you’re not sure if what angle you should take the photo.

In taking pictures I suggest that do not be limited by the rules. Try breaking the rules sometimes and keep on experimenting. Sometimes the best shots are taken from breaking the rules. As they say however “before you can break the rule, you must first know the rule.”

Camera angle in photography is one of the basic things that we need to learn in this field. There are times that we might know if what angle is the best for a certain subject. In this case, just try to experiment from every angle. Once you review your shots, just try to check the best one.

Cash From Your Camera – Tips to Make Money From Social Photography

If you are able to shoot great images then the world of social photography is almost a guarantee for success. But, what might you ask is social photography? It encompasses basically four areas of photography, wedding, portraiture/children, events and pets and is basically just people photography. If you can cover all of these you are sure to create a good income.

Each of these areas is very competitive but easy to enter. As long as you are a photographer who can deliver high quality images and maintain a great standard you are in with a fighting chance for success. If you are competitive, have a unique style and offer a great service there will always be room for you in the market.

Let’s take a look at some of these areas.

1. Wedding photography

I have always thought that the person who decides to become a wedding photography should see a shrink. You have to be a unique person who likes working under pressure because you are taking on a couple’s most important day and if you mess up there are no second chances. So, if you can take the pressure it’s the job for you. I remember with my own wedding, the photographer only delivered half the photos because of a problem. Yet, wedding photography can be extremely rewarding if you are a people person and like pressure. If you’re in the right area it can be extremely profitable and once you reputation grows there is an endless supply of work.

2. Portraiture

Gone are the days when you need a studio to take portraits. Situational portrait photography has increased dramatically and people like to be photographed in their own homes or places of work. Basic equipment is necessary such as portable lights, light boxes, flashes and reflectors and most times can be purchased in kit form. If necessary, a studio can be hired by the hour for those people who would like studio shots. But, don’t rely just on artificial lighting. Natural light with a bit of fill in flash with reflectors creates fantastic images and this is the type of lighting I prefer. Key here is to be flexible and to go where the clients are. It’s easier for you to get to a client than for a client to come to you and, it’s often more profitable.

4. Children

If you want to make money fairly easily then focus on children’s photography. If you go to a one hour photo lab and look at the images being printed you will find that a huge percentage are family shots of children. Grandparents, parents and aunts and uncles shoot millions of images a year so cash in on this area. In order to stand out you need to have your own style and experiment in order to find a way to distinguish yourself from other photographers. There is always room for another top quality children’s photographer. The great thing here is that you can freelance while still keeping another job until you can generate sufficient income to go full time.

4. Pet photography

Although this isn’t people photography, people hold pets very dear to there hearts and because of the limited lifespan of animals, people want to remember them. But, animals aren’t humans and most times won’t pose for you so you need to learn the tricks of trade in order to get great shots. It may take a little more time but you will be rewarded. Working with animals is just as interesting as working with people.

The area of social photography can be very rewarding financially because when the wedding calendar slows down you can pick up on your events, portraiture and children. Weddings tend to be held mostly on weekends so during the week you need to find other income sources. The interesting thing about weddings is that if you develop a good relationship with your couple, they will need you to photograph their children, pets and other events and are a great source of referrals. All of these fields interact which is why we term them as social photography. Work hard at networking and you are bound to get a good income.