Let me first admit that I’m not a wedding photographer. I’ve photographed a grand total of four weddings. However I have learned a few things in the ones I’ve done. If you’re a full time wedding photographer perhaps this tip sounds obvious, but if you’re not and find yourself shooting one, this might be something you wouldn’t think about.
Remember your telephoto lens – If there’s one thing that’s true for practically any wedding, it’s that the bride and groom don’t really get any time just for them. The whole day is packed with things to do, people to talk to, food to eat, dancing to do. Many couples will later admit they barely remember the day and that kind of sucks. What I do is ask them for a bit of time, often between the ceremony and the reception. After warding off the hordes of other people with their cameras trying to get the same shots as me, I put the longest lens I own on my camera and find somewhere where they can be alone for a while. Then get out of the way and wait till they forget there’s a camera 50-100 feet away from them. They’ll appreciate and remember those moments forever while you make sure they do with the intimate, personal and unposed shots you’ll be able to capture.
If like me you don’t use a telephoto lens in your normal photography often enough to invest in one, this is a good time to pull out the Tamron 18-270mm (available for Canon and Nikon). Read our full review here. Lastly, also take a look at our Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist.
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