What to Pack for Your First Wedding Photography Project
The thought of working as a professional wedding photographer for the first time is indeed exciting. You finally get to a higher level and can use the skills you have gathered over time. But well, covering a wedding task is not easy especially if it is your very first wedding assignment. You need to impress not only the couple but also the guest, with the wedding pictures you deliver. Their feedback can either make or break your success in the field of photography.
As a wedding photographer, you are expected to capture the precious moments that happen during the wedding. Your skills and knowledge must be coupled with the right equipment to get the valuable shots taken. But before anything else, a written contract must first be signed by you and the client to give you assurance that you get paid. You should also check your photography equipment at least 2 days before the wedding so you can still fix whatever needs to be repaired.
To help you prepare for your first wedding coverage, here’s a list of the basic things most wedding photographers pack for a wedding event.
Bring 2 to 3 cameras, not just one. You need one main camera and one or two backup cameras. This will ensure that you can continue covering the wedding even if your main camera suddenly breaks down. Photographers of Pure Image Photography always bring more than 2 cameras when shooting a wedding.
For varied shots, you need to bring different lenses. But then of course, it will still depend on how many can get into your camera bag. It can be too heavy to bring plenty so the best to do is bring 2-3 lenses. The recommended lenses are standard zoom lens, telephoto 300mm and macro lens.
If you intend to follow the reportage style of photography, then zoom and telephoto lenses are best in discreetly taking shots. Macro lens is used for taking pictures of special wedding items like the wedding ring, bridal dress, decors, and invitation among many others.
Monopod or tripod
A monopod or tripod can be very useful in weddings. This can help you compose your shots better by allowing you to place your camera on them. Monopod is easier to assemble or use and generally lighter than a tripod. But then, most photographers prefer to use a tripod because of its versatility and sturdiness.
Spare batteries and memory cards
Charge all your batteries and make sure to bring at least 2 spare during the wedding. You also need to bring several reliable memory cards. The quantity will usually depend on the package that your client availed or the agreed number of shots and start of coverage. This wedding photographer Hampshire brings spare batteries and memory cards to make sure that no precious moment will be missed.
External flash and flash trigger
Using a flash in a wedding is not really recommended unless the light is really insufficient. If you intended to use one, use an external flash and diffuse it. Avoid using the flash from your camera because it usually tends to create shadows in the image. A flash trigger can also come in handy so it will be easier to take shots without touching the camera.
Those are the basic things to pack for your first wedding coverage. You can add more like a laptop if your camera bag can still hold it. Make sure to bring also some energy bars to keep you going. You should also wear appropriate clothes at the wedding.