5 Tips To Remember When Shooting A Wedding

Photograph AND film weddings? Here are my Top 5 Tips on how to shoot/film a wedding.

I recently realized that I have now been shooting weddings for almost ten years! It wasn’t something that I had ever thought that I would do but somehow I fell into it and discovered that I actually kinda liked it. It hasn’t ever really been my first passion or even my second but it’s taken me to some pretty cool places, I’ve met some great clients and I can’t deny, it’s been pretty awesome being a part of such a significant moment for so many couples.

Weddings aren’t for everyone, but if you are an aspiring film maker or photographer it can be a great way to fund your long-term ambitions whilst getting to do what you love most — being behind the camera. It’s a great opportunity to fine tune your skills whilst learning how to work with clients.

So I know that there are a bunch of tutorials and blogs and courses you can take to learn how to shoot weddings that go into all the details on lighting and technicality and how to get the best shots. But after having a good, long think about the things that have really stood out to me during my years in weddings, I want to add some maybe less obvious but arguably just as important tips to the list of things things to remember:

  1. Charge all your batteries the night before the wedding.
  2. Don’t forget your gear (But if you do, don’t panic, just improvise. It will work out).
  3. Secure your gear at the venue to avoid anything being stolen.
  4. Make a gameplan for the ceremony with your second shooter/team.
  5. HAVE FUN!!!! If you have fun, so will the bride and groom and you’ll get the best shots.

If you wanna see me in action at a wedding going over these tips in more detail, check out the video below:

And here’s a list of the gear that I use…

ThinkTank Photo Airport Essentials Backpack

Canon 6D

Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 70–200mm Lens

Canon 16–35mm Lens

Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART Lens

Gisteq LED light (bi-color)

Canon 580 EX II Speedlight

Zoom H1 Audio Recorder

Zoom H6 Audio Recorder

Rode SmartLav+

D-Focus Cage a6300 model

Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor

Pelican Case 1510

Pelican Case Organizer Pouch

Glidecam HD 1000

MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod

Manfrotto Reverse Stand

Holdfast Gear Money Maker