Wolfgang Freithof – Wedding Photographer Shares Best Pro Tips, Industry Secrets
Capturing the real essence and love of a couple on their wedding day is both a privilege and a big responsibility.
Weddings are one of the most important days in a couple’s lives. After months of planning, the day finally comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Wedding photos are a constant reminder of every beautiful detail, emotion and palpable love that will be cherished forever.
As professional photographers, we are often asked to share our tips on how to take better pictures. We are asked about lighting, lenses and what makes one camera different from another. The best photography comes from experience, being able to adapt to every situation at the drop of a dime and the unique ability to capture the genuine energy and emotion of a couple. With our extensive experience in professional wedding, high fashion photography and celebrity portraiture, we at A Day of Bliss put together a list of our tips and tricks on how to capture the most timeless moments.
In this guide, we provide you with wedding photography tips on how to get started in the industry and take better pictures.
1. Invest in the Right Gear
Investing in the best gear within your budget drastically improves the quality of your photos and your ability to capture different scenes.
Make sure to have all the necessary equipment — cameras, quality lenses, lights and accessories. This can be a significant expense but remember you can always rent additional equipment when needed. ALWAYS have backups! You are responsible for photographing the most important day in a couple’s lives and you only have one shot. Equipment can and will fail unexpectedly so always be prepared for anything to happen and bring backup gear to all shoots.
2. It’s All About the Light
Photography itself is defined as the process of capturing light. Light is the key to great photography. Lighting determines the mood, colors, tones, vibrancy and textures in photos.
Choosing the right light with a proper angle and direction is a crucial step in creating beautiful photos. Pay attention to the kind of light you are shooting with and make sure it complements your subject and evokes the emotion you are trying to convey.
3. Change Your Perspective
Get creative with perspective. Take photos from different angles, from a low position and straight on, to upward, downward and wide. Perspective allows a photographer to influence the viewer’s perception of the subjects in an image. It creates depth and illusion
4. Learn to Pose
There’s something to be said about images that capture the true essence of a couple and their personalities. It’s a wedding photographer’s job to make their couples feel natural and at ease. Think less about posing and more about directing. Make it fun! Be spontaneous and tune into conversations and body language. Treat your couples like a friend; it will encourage them to loosen up and embrace being in the moment.
5. Capture the Best Candid Moments
The most magical photos are often the candid ones. Emotions are at an all-time high on a wedding day so it’s important to capture all the intimate moments that will transport your couples and their families to the magical day when they look at the photos year after year.
6. Know Your Client
Get to know your clients! Ask them questions and delve into their love story. The more comfortable they feel around you, the more natural they’ll be in front of the camera. By understanding their personalities and unlocking their nerves, you will be able to capture the most authentic photos that are a perfect representation of them as a couple.