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Amateur wedding photography hints and ideas With the advances in photo editing and the easy availability of quality digital cameras, amateur wedding photography is becoming more and more common. While a professional photographer might be the best choice, it’s not always feasible for the bridge and groom in terms of expenses. As a result, it’s become increasingly acceptable to consult with a friend or acquaintance with some photography talent to handle your wedding. 1. Payment or Lack Thereof If you’re really strapped, you can always ask one of your friends to do it for free. However, make it clear to them if you do this that you’ll consider it their gift to you for the wedding, without asking for another contribution. That’s the fairest way to go about it. If the person is more of an acquaintance, it’s a good idea to offer to pay or to ask about whether they need any expenses covered. Amateur doesn’t mean you get to, or should, take advantage of your photographer. 2. Create a list of the shots that matter most to you. A professional wedding photographer is going to be able to think of shots you wouldn’t even have thought of yourself, but an amateur photographer may need a little bit of guidance to make sure they don’t miss anything. Remember, the wedding itself is going to be hectic, so you’ll want to do this well ahead of time. How many shots do you want of the bride walking up the aisle? Do you want one of the kiss? One when you cut the cake? How about the first dance? Make a list of the shots that are most important to you, and put them in order of priority. 3. Get someone in the family to help with the family photos. Again, a professional photographer has a fairly good idea of who to round up and how many photos to take of the family. Assign this task to one of your bridesmaids, or better yet, a good friend or family member without other wedding responsibilities. Have them work alongside the photographer to make sure you get the family portraits you want. 4. Collaborate with the photographer for candid shots. You’ll very likely want some before or after shots in another location for candid, funny, or sentimental moments. Talk with the wedding photographer about these ahead of time, and work with them on choosing a location they feel they can get the best shots in. Consider things like lighting, wind, and temperature for outdoor locations, especially, since there aren’t many alterations you can make to those factors. 5. Consider having two amateur photographers. This is perhaps the best decision you can make when going for amateur rather than professional photography. Your two photographers can work together or separately; either way, you greatly reduce

the risk of missing out on special shots. Plus, you can assign one to do more candid shots and the other to do more formal to avoid overwhelming your wedding photographer. Are you based in **? If so you may find useful information on the following website: New york wedding videography

Amateur wedding photography hints and ideas