So, you've been asked to photograph someone's wedding. Congratulations! Do you have your wedding photography checklist ready?
Wedding photography checklist – the locations:
You definitely do not want to arrive at the wedding, or wherever your first venue might be, in a muddle. Writing down where you need to go (and finding out how to get there!) should be a key part of your wedding photography checklist.
This should be completed at least a week prior to the wedding itself. This is important! On the morning of the wedding you don't want to be flicking through road atlases trying to figure out how to get to the church!
In order to complete the locations part of your wedding photography checklist you must talk to the bride and groom. Talking to the bride and groom has been mentioned on other pages here too for a very good reason – it's their wedding not yours!
Unless you spend time talking to them you will never fully know what they want from you. And it always makes things go smoother when everyone clearly knows what their role is.
For the locations part of your checklist you will need to ask the bride and groom where they want you to take photographs, and the time you need to arrive by. They may well want photographs in more locations than just the wedding venue itself.
Below are some examples of locations that could go onto your wedding photography checklist:
WARNING – you have to make sure the demands on you are realistic. After planning the locations you might find that you are expected to be at three locations at once. Unless you're a close friend of Superman, this will be impossible!
It's your job to raise this with the bride and groom, and offer a compromise to them.
Other things that should go onto your wedding photography checklist concerning locations are to do with preparation rather than the actual location itself.
You should make sure you know where all the locations are in advance. Find them all on a map, and make sure you take the map with you!
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