Shooting a wedding event that is set in an outdoor venue actually comes along with so many challenges that you might find it a bit difficult to cope if you haven’t really done this before as a wedding photographer. There are just so many different elements that are left up to chance and what this means is that you will need to prepare for them and more or less anticipate things as they go along all throughout the said wedding event.
You need to put in all of the right pre-emptive measures and be at least a step or two ahead of the game.
You can’t afford to run across any mishaps somewhere along the way during the wedding and that is why you seriously need to think things through. Think twice, thrice, or even four times over before you accept a wedding booking with an outdoor wedding setup because it will require so much more work than the weddings that are set indoors.
Prep for the weather
First up, you need to prep yourself up for the possibility of inclement weather. No matter how well you map things out and no matter how closely you may be watching the weather forecast for that particular wedding day, there is still a pretty good chance of either rain or extreme heat and so on and so forth and that is what you need to check out at the end of the day. Like this female wedding photographer, bring several bags Ziploc, preferably the 1-gallon type so that you can easily slip your camera and lens right in the moment you notice the first signs of drizzling or if you are at a beach wedding and you end up standing a little too close to the waves and you are at risk of getting your gear wet. This is also terrific protection from sand, dirt, grass, and so on. If you can bring an umbrella along with you so that you can still keep on shooting from the outside in case it rains, then go ahead and do so as well.
Bring a roll of white fabric or white tarpaulin along with you during your outdoor wedding shoots.
A common setback of shooting a wedding outdoors is that you are constantly putting the bride’s dress at risk of getting dirty. Anything and everything from standing near a fountain or flower beds or even freshly cut grass can immediately stain or soil the wedding dress of the bride and it will ruin the look all throughout the wedding right until the end of the event.
Protect wedding dress from stains.
However, if you have enough foresight to happen to bring along something that they can stand on, you get to protect the dress from any stains and the like and that is something that the bride will get to thank you and appreciate you for but more importantly, it means that you are putting the bride at a certain level of comfort wherein she knows for a fact that nothing is at risk. This eventually leads to having you take great looking pictures all throughout the wedding and this will reflect nicely on you as a professional wedding photographer.