So it’s the day of the wedding. The contract is signed, the money collected, and the car is packed with gear. Now what?
Now is when the big decisions happen. Do you shoot jpeg or raw? With a flash or without? To bounce or not to bounce? Those questions are easily answered. It depends.
If you are certain of your exposures then jpeg is perfect. If you are not so sure or have a difficult lighting situation RAW should be the choice.
Flash however is not necessarily your choice. Always make sure you check with the (insert officiant title) to find out his or her rules on this. I have found that many of them do not want flash used during the service. Therefore you are left with using higher ISOs and slower apertures. With today’s cameras this is not as much of a detriment to your photography as it was in years past so you will be fine.
You’re ready. Your client is ready. It’s time for you to do your thing. Remember, YOU were hired to shoot this wedding, there comes a time when you have to take control and get the photos you were hired to get. This means that if you have to tell people where to go or even to get out of your way, you have to do it. Try to be polite of course, but do what you must.
Preparations for tomorrow’s wedding start today. So, What do you need to do to make sure everything goes off without a hitch?
First (which seems obvious) is to charge your batteries. Camera batteries, batteries for your flash, and your internal battery. So make sure you take a few deep breaths, and remember, they hired you because they have faith in you and your abilities.
Second, organize your camera bag. Make sure your cameras and lenses are clean and that you have all of the equipment you will need in your bag and ready to go. You don’t want to be trying to find that one lens you need when you’re supposed to be on your way to the wedding! While you’re at it you might want to ensure all of your settings are correct and your times are synchronized. It is never fun to have to manually organize your photos because you skipped this step.
Next, remember to format your memory cards! Nothing worse than starting your day and realizing that you have last weeks family photos still on your cards.
Lastly, pick out your clothes. Again, this is not something you want to worry about as you are getting ready to leave for the important event. There are several thoughts on this. Some believe the photographer should match the wedding party, some think you should be dressed up, and I have seen photographers in jeans (this I don’t agree with). Be comfortable and stylish without drawing attention to yourself. Remember, you are there to capture the event for your customer.
Picture it if you will, canon 7D 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens, 5D mark II with a 24-70 2.8, a bride, her groom, and lake. Truly it was a beautiful sight. But what do you do next?