The Ultimate Wedding Photography Guide & Checklist

7 July 2024

Congratulations! You're engaged, and the wedding bells are about to chime. As you plan your dream day, one detail deserves special attention: capturing those precious memories in stunning photographs. This guide, filled with wedding photography tips, will equip you with the knowledge and tools to find the perfect photographer, choose the right gear, and ensure you get breathtaking photos that tell the best story of your love

Wedding Photography Tips from Ted’s

Wedding photography is more than just snapping pictures. It's about preserving moments of joy, laughter, and love. Here are some essential tips to guide you:

  • Plan Your Timeline: Discuss the wedding schedule with your photographer to ensure they can capture all the important moments, from getting ready to the first dance. Buffer in extra time for unexpected delays or outfit changes.
  • Embrace the Light: Natural light is often your best friend. Schedule outdoor portraits during golden hour (the hour after sunrise or before sunset) for soft, flattering light. If shooting indoors, use a flash or off-camera lighting for a professional look.
  • Capture Candid Moments: Don't just pose your guests. Encourage natural interactions and candid expressions. These unscripted moments often hold the most emotion and tell a more genuine story.
  • Don't Forget the Details: The little things matter too! Capture close-up shots of the wedding rings, the bride's bouquet, or the groom's boutonniere. These details add a personal touch to your photo album.
  • Be Flexible and Adaptable: Weddings don't always go precisely according to plan. Be prepared to adjust to unexpected situations, whether it's a sudden downpour or a change in the ceremony location. A good photographer can roll with the punches and still capture beautiful images.
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Planning Your Perfect Wedding Photography Package

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  • Finding Your Dream Photographer: When selecting a wedding photographer, prioritise experience and style compatibility. Look for someone whose portfolio resonates with your vision – whether it's light and airy, dramatic and moody, or a classic style. 
  • Understanding Your Needs: Once you've narrowed down your options, discuss your wedding timeline and desired coverage. Will you need photos of the getting-ready process, the ceremony, the reception, or all of the above? Knowing your specific needs will help determine the photographer's package price.
  • The Contract is Key: One of the most important wedding photography tips is, before booking, make sure you have a clear contract outlining deliverables, timelines, editing turnaround time, and cancellation policies.

Gearing Up for Picture-Perfect Moments

Now that you've got your photographer on board, let's talk about the equipment you might need if your photographer doesn't already have it covered or if you or a camera-savvy guest intend on capturing some moments:

  • Mirrorless Camera: These lightweight powerhouses offer professional image quality in a compact package. Consider models like the Sony A7 Mark IV (great for both video and stills) or the Canon EOS R6 Mark II.

  • Lenses:
    • Standard Zoom Lens: Avoid lens changes during crucial moments with a versatile zoom lens, like the Canon RF 28-70mm f2L, that captures a range of perspectives.
    • Fast Prime Lens: A lens that excels in low-light situations and creates beautiful portraits with a dreamy bokeh effect, such as the Sony FE 85mm 1.4, is an excellent option to have on hand.
    • Telephoto Lens: For larger weddings, a telephoto lens allows you to capture candid moments from afar without disrupting the flow of the day. The Canon RF 70-200mm F4L will do the job!
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  • Additional Essentials:
    • Speedlight/Flashgun: A flash helps to bounce light in low-light settings or fill in shadows for a more flattering look.
    • Light Stands/Reflectors and Other Flash Accessories: These tools allow for creative lighting setups, diffusing harsh light or directing it where needed.
    • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards: Double (or triple!) the amount you think you'll need to avoid missing any precious moments due to depleted batteries or full memory cards.

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Wedding Photography Checklist:

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Here's a handy checklist to ensure you're prepared for your wedding photoshoot:

  • Research and Book Your Photographer: Interview several photographers and choose someone whose style aligns with your vision.
  • Schedule a Pre-Wedding Consultation: Discuss your expectations, shot list, and timeline with your photographer.
  • Finalise Your Shot List: Create a list of must-have photos, including family portraits, candid moments, and detail shots.
  • Prepare a Backup Plan: Discuss options with your photographer in case of bad weather or unexpected changes.
  • Gather Inspiration: Show your photographer examples of wedding photos you love to give them a sense of your style.
  • Relax and Enjoy Your Day: Trust your photographer's expertise and focus on enjoying every moment of your special day.

Ted's is Your Partner in Capturing Memories

We understand the importance of capturing your wedding day in stunning detail and offer a wide range of camera equipment, lenses, and accessories to fit your needs and budget. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect gear and provide expert wedding photography tips for capturing those unforgettable moments.

Visit your local Ted's Cameras store or browse our online selection today. Let us help you create a wedding photo album you’ll cherish for generations.

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