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A Beginner’s Guide to Candid Wedding Photography

Candid wedding photography is an art form in and of itself, with significant challenges.

How do you capture and tell the story of what happens on the bride and groom’s most important day?

There is a long list of essential things to capture at a wedding, and you want to be p

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resent at all times to get the best shots of everything. Furthermore, you must move quickly to avoid missing any crucial moments.

It’s difficult, but not impossible if you know what to do and how to do it.

We will walk you through the main principles and tips for taking perfect candid wedding photos in this comprehensive guide.

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It all comes down to empathy
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It is critical to establish a trusting relationship with the couple in order to achieve the best results. Try to be both a friend and a photographer at the same time, so they feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera.

They will need to trust you and your vision before their wedding day. Ask as many questions as you can the first time you meet with your clients. This will assist you in developing a trustworthy and genuine relationship with them. Begin by asking simple questions that will lead to a relaxed discussion about their wedding plans. You can inquire as to why they chose that particular church or venue, or whether they will have a wedding planner (in which case, inquire as to how you can contact them; a wedding planner can be a huge help in planning your work for the day). You can also inquire about their family as well as their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Keep in touch with them on a regular basis, and be genuinely interested in how they are feeling.

Remember that making a good first impression on everyone is an important part of developing a trusting relationship. Be courteous, maintain a positive attitude, smile, and dress professionally. Be courteous, and be adaptable if things change throughout the day.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

…and light
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The second important factor here is light. Always seek out the best light and understand where it comes from and how it affects the subject. Lighting can be tricky, and it can make or break a photograph, so make sure you’ve practiced and mastered it.

A harsh light behind your subject, for example, can ruin your photos if you don’t know how to deal with it. To combat this, use natural diffusers such as tree branches or, if possible, seek shade.

Just before to the wedding day
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Before the wedding day, make sure you ask them to share the timetable of the day with you. For this, a form to fill in can help you, on which the couple could provide important information, such as:

  • The location of the bride and groom’s preparations, as well as the location(s) of the ceremony and reception)
  • The wedding schedule
  • The names and contact details of the venue and the wedding planner
  • The names and mobile numbers of key people at the wedding.
How to Get Ready for the Big Day
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Double-check all of your equipment a few days before the wedding by following these simple steps:

  1. Confirm that the camera’s date and time are correct, and that they are synchronized if you have more than one.
  1. Ensure that all batteries are charged and that the equipment is clean.
  2. Keep backup equipment in your camera bag (charged backup batteries and empty backup memory cards are important)
  3. Pack a bottle of water as well as a snack in your bag.
  4. Check the location on Google Maps (because most weddings are held in the countryside, keep a paper map with you as well), and allow an extra hour for travel time.
  5. Last but not least, keep the timetable, list of group shots, wedding form, and the form containing the contact information of the key people in your bag.
Where to start?

It is critical to document the wedding preparations. Take a few photos on your way to the bride and groom’s getting-ready location, as well as on your way to the wedding venue. This will assist them in recalling the events of that day.

Camera setting tips: For these kinds of shots use a wide-angle lens; 24mm, 28mm, or 35mm would work brilliantly.

Not to be missed: crucial moments
Bride and groom getting ready
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Without a doubt, the bride and groom’s preparation is one of the most important parts of the wedding day. The excitement, anticipation, and all of the emotions are present to add depth to your photographs. Chat with the bride or groom before picking up your camera to help put them at ease. Inquire about how they feel, whether they slept well and had a restful night’s sleep. All of these questions will assist them in becoming more at ease in front of the camera.

Remember to do the following when filming the getting-ready scene:

  1. Turn off the lights
  2. Locate a natural light source, observe how it affects the subject, and adjust your camera accordingly.
  3. Keep your photo clean and neat – avoid cluttered areas and, if necessary, tidy up the surroundings.
    Switch angles to make the most of the scenes that are happening at the time, and to find elements that add depth to your photographs. Get close to capture raw emotions and feelings, and stand back to give your photos context.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

Details always matter
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Remind yourself that in candid wedding photography, every small detail that can aid in the creation of a story is beneficial. If you include details in your photos, such as photos of the bride and groom as children or toys they enjoyed, you can tell a meaningful story. Look for the best light to photograph them in and ways to incorporate these details into your story.

Details not to forget
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As the bride or groom is getting ready, start with taking pictures of these relevant details once you arrive:

  • bride’s bouquet
  • groom’s cufflinks
  • wedding rings
  • wedding dress
  • wedding suit

To capture rings, bouquets and cufflinks, find a clean background (pillows, curtains, sofas, etc.)  so these details stand out on their own.

It is now time for the ceremony
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Taking good photographs in some religious settings can be difficult, but not impossible.

When you arrive at the ceremony location, the first thing you should do is take a picture of the entire structure. If it’s not in a good location – let’s say it’s between an ugly supermarket and a super modern restaurant – try not to include the entire view in the frame. Alternatively, look for details (a unique sign, a flower arch, etc.) that reveal location information.

Try to arrive as soon as the groom does so that you have plenty of time to capture the emotions of the moment, but always be prepared for the bride’s arrival.

The bride has arrived

When the bride arrives at the location, look for angles where you can photograph her and her father without any reflections from the car. Lowering your angle or shooting through the driver’s window will be beneficial. Then, sprint ahead to capture the bride walking down the aisle with her father.

Indoor lighting can be tricky, and the light coming in through the door casts a harsh backlight on the subjects. In this case, use a spot meter to measure the subject’s skin tone and increase the ISO. You will be surrounded by relatives and friends who will be in your way, so find a spot where you can get a clear view and keep them out of your way and out of your photo.

Shooting the ceremony

A photographer should be discreet, particularly during the ceremony. Use the time when the music is playing to shoot as much as possible. When moving around, try to be as inconspicuous as possible.

Because using flash is out of the question, your best bet for capturing high-quality photos in low-light conditions is to use a full-frame camera and a prime lens, which have better light sensors and a wider aperture, respectively. In low-light situations, increasing your ISO, opening up your aperture, and increasing your shutter speed is the best strategy.

The exit from the venue
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At this point, you must flee the venue in order to capture the moment when the newlyweds leave to celebrate with friends and family.

Check your ISO, adjust it if necessary, calibrate the exposure, and shoot!

Now is the time for the bride and groom to unwind and hug their loved ones. The joy and excitement will be palpable, so don’t pass up the opportunity to capture all of these feelings!

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

The group shots

Because everyone is still gathered around after the ceremony, this is the ideal time for group shots. To begin the session, move quickly and pull the list of group shots from your bag. Begin with the parents, immediate family members, and bridal party, and then try to get as many group shots as possible if you still have time. If your time is limited, you will be able to continue with the list at the party venue later.

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It’s party time

This is the time for the bride and groom to let their hair down and have some fun. During this time, look for mini-stories that contribute to the atmosphere of the day. Always include context in your photographs so that the bride and groom remember how much happiness and joy there was on that special day. Include details like flower arrangements, table settings, and food to help set the mood.

Going deeper into details

This is the time for the bride and groom to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. Look for mini-stories that add to the day’s atmosphere during this time. Always include context in your photographs so that the bride and groom remember how happy and joyful they were on that special day. To help set the mood, include details such as flower arrangements, table settings, and food.

Bride and groom’s entrance
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Prepare to capture the bride and groom’s entrance. Move quickly, switch angles, and photograph the guests’ reactions. Using a wide lens, such as a 35mm, will allow you to capture the energy in the room and make the viewer feel as if they were there on the scene.

Wedding lunch reception

Keep the moments between food courses for getting closer to the tables and capturing people’s interactions. Follow the bride and groom as they walk through the tables greeting guests, as this is another great opportunity to capture spontaneous reactions and candid portraits.

The cake cutting and the first dance
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Traditional wedding photography includes cake cutting and first dance.

It may be helpful to move all of the guests to the side during the cake cutting so that the bride and groom can cut their wedding cake. As always, include the entire scene in your photograph before moving closer to capture portraits and details.

Consider the mood of the song and incorporate it into your images. Music that moves quickly? Slow music? Find a way to communicate it through your images!

Tell the story

The wedding is over, and now it’s your turn to tell the tale.

You have beautiful wedding photos, and you can enhance them by telling a compelling story with them. Give your clients beautiful, high-quality wedding albums that they will treasure for a lifetime.

Client satisfaction equals business success!

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

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