Don’t forget about the bridal shoot.
It’s your chance to show the bride what you can do as her wedding photographer. Sometimes, in all of the craziness ensuing the wedding preparations, it can be very easy for a wedding photographer to forget about the bridal shoot altogether if he is not careful about it. It’s either that or he might end up thinking that it’s not really all that important at all; but it is.
You should definitely know better than just brushing the aspect of a bridal shoot off to the side.
If any, this is one of the most important prep work that you will ever get your hands on as a professional wedding photographer and you should put it to good use as much as possible. This is your window to really get to know the bride, what her preferences are, what she thinks her good and bad angles are, what kind of light she would like to be shone on, and so on and so forth. The bridal shoot is your chance to get the bride to open up to you and to warm up to you and you should be wise enough to make sure that you do not end up wasting that chance somewhere along the way.
Check out the wedding venue before the wedding day.
You need every edge you can get as a wedding photographer. It can be very difficult to work through a wedding shoot when you have zero background or zero prior knowledge about the place that it is being held in. You need to know how you are going to get there, how the place looks like during that particular time of the day, what the lighting situation will turn out to be, whether you have enough work to work around in, and so on. There are so many different factors that you will need to check out and appraise as a wedding photographer when it comes to the wedding venue and you need to get these things checked out ahead of time so that you do not end up cramming and chasing your own tail during the day of the wedding. Scout the location ahead of time. Get your client to join in on it so you can take some practice shots. You can even package it as an engagement shoot that you can throw in for free. This is something that your clients will be extra happy about.
Give the bridesmaids some wedding photographer’s advice before they walk down the aisle.
Tell the bridesmaids to smile and to hold their bouquets at the belly button level. These simple tips sound pretty ordinary and cliché but it will surprise you how so many bridesmaids in general will get to miss this if you don’t step up and remind them about this in the first place. Make it a point to really go to where they are right before the bridal march so you can give them a few pointers for when they make their walk down the aisle.