Educational – Learn how to shoot a wedding

Shooting a wedding is a challenging but rewarding experience for any photographer. Here are some tips to help you learn how to photograph a wedding, and capture all of the special moments of a wedding day:

Communication with the couple

Before the wedding, communicate with the couple to understand their expectations and what they want from their wedding photography. Discuss the timeline of the day, important family members, and any specific shots they want to ensure you don’t miss any important moments.


Preparation is key when shooting a wedding. Make sure you have all the equipment you need and arrive early to scope out the location and lighting conditions. Familiarize yourself with the venue and plan out your shots in advance.

Be discreet

A good wedding photographer is able to capture the moments without being obtrusive or interfering with the proceedings. Be discreet, stay out of the way, and use a long lens to capture candid moments from a distance.

Capture the emotions

Weddings are emotional occasions, and a good photographer is able to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the day. Look out for intimate moments between the couple, emotional speeches, and reactions from family and friends.

Pay attention to the details

Weddings are full of small details that help tell the story of the day. Look out for details such as the dress, the rings, the flowers, and the décor, and capture these in your shots to help create a complete picture of the day.

Work quickly

Weddings are fast-paced events, and a good photographer is able to work quickly and efficiently to capture all the important moments. Be prepared to move quickly, change locations, and adapt to changing lighting conditions.


Once the wedding is over, take the time to carefully edit and post-process your images. Edit out any unwanted elements, adjust lighting and color balance, and create a cohesive story of the day with your final images.

Shooting a wedding can be a challenging but rewarding experience for any photographer. By communicating with the couple, preparing in advance, being discreet, capturing the emotions and details, working quickly, and post-processing your images carefully, you can ensure that you do a good job and capture all the special moments of the big day.

Mark Requena is a seasoned wedding photographer living in Chatham. Take a look at his wedding photography packages here.