Ok, so a co-worker here asked if I would shoot her daughter's wedding. I told her I do NOT feel qualified to shoot a wedding b/c I don't have the experience, the right gear, or the right eye. She told me if I didn't do it, then she would just use her camera. I felt bad b/c I don't believe she would get to enjoy her daughter's wedding if she had to take photos. So, I agreed....after a long time of thinking about it. Well, the day is here and I am sooooo nervous. I will be using my lens kit (b/c it's the only zoom I have) and my 50mm for portraits and details) along with my speedlight. That's all I got. So, ANY advice you have to offer is appreciated more than you would even know. It's a very young couple, in a very low light church at night. Whew....everything is stacked against me!!!!
Relax and have fun! Anything you are able to capture will be appreciated by the family. I know. I didn't have any money for a photographer when Carlos and I got married. My aunt walked around w/ a p&s film camera.
And while I do wish we would have had the funds for a specialist photographer, I *do* have photos that help me mark that most special day.
And while I am thinking about it ... I would have trusted you to take pics for me as well!
So ... aside from that. My thoughts are ... bump your iso up as much as your camera will allow. You may need noise reduction software later, but I am finding I would rather go that route that have another horribly underexposed shot in the first place.
Also, churches have lots of windows usually - use those to bounce your flash off of when possible. it will really help to diffuse the light.
Now ... back to where I started ... take a deep breath. RELAX. and have fun knowing you are providing incredible memories for this young couple.
I would bring lots of batteries for your flash - you'll go thru a lot. I think you have to make sure that they know what to expect from you. Sometimes when you say Yes they become bridezillas... lol. You should lay out a plan go over it with the family and agree to some kind of understanding.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
No advice as I have no experience, obviously, but I know you will do GREAT! So take a deep breath, relax, and you'll do awesome!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Thanks ladies for the confidence boost! It means a lot! I am excited b/c well, it's a great opportunity! I don't think they will become Bridezilla b/c she is young and soooo in love. (Reminds me of myself and I could care less as long as I got married!) I know I will have to use my flash b/c this church maybe has two windows in the sanctuary- which is where we will be. I will bounce my flash off the ceiling I guess. Just gonna do my best!
Since I don't have any experience in shooting weddings, I'd just like to wish you luck, I'm sure they'll appreciate it.
* Amanda *
A good tripod or monopod would also be helpful for shooting in low light. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, try to ask the officiant if it's okay to photograph during the vows. You might also ask if s/he could stick around before or after the ceremony to retake the "first kiss" (and any other) shots. This is good because the kiss often happens too quickly during the ceremony. Afterward, you can ask the couple to go in and out more slowly for a better shot. If you have time, you might ask the couple to list their must-have shots to ensure you get everything they want.
For low light, I typically set my flash on 1/1 (I'm still learning all my flash's capabilities). If you have an adjustable-angle flash, try to experiment with positioning. In some cases, I angle the flash slightly toward me (vs. toward the subject) to diffuse light better. Like Gigi said, you might have to raise your ISO some, too.
Definitely bring more batteries than you think you'll need. Also, be sure to format your memory cards before the event--you don't want to accidentally reformat over the wedding photos!
Have a great time!
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
For your own protection I would get a contract of some sort written up so that they know what to expect as do you. They could say one thing and then expect something different. Chances are that they'll appreciate anything that is done for them. We worry a lot about what people will think about pics because maybe something small is blown or slightly off-centered, or maybe just not quite blanced correctly, but your average Joe would look at the photo and think it was amazing, so relax and know that anything you do will be better than 'mom with a camera', lol
I don't have much advice for you, never done a wedding. But, I think you will handle yourself nicely. I would also suggest some form of contract, just so everyone knows what they should expect.
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Rylee Elizabeth & Tyler Ray
Well, it actually went well. Man oh man was I not prepared for how much work it was! I respect wedding photographers WAY more than I used to. It was fun though. I haven't edited anything b/c we were out of town, but I can't wait to.