I slept one hour the night before my first wedding 18 years ago. You can imagine how those pictures turned out, running on sixty minutes of sleep and zero pro tips – back then, the only way you learned from a pro was in person, and they weren’t too keen on helping local competition. Thankfully, It’s the digital age and I’m here to help you enter your first wedding with swagger in your step and leave with a card (or five) full of the best images you’ve ever shot. Read on to discover 11 tips plus a bonus tip that will have you feeling like an old pro, with or without sleep!
BONUS TIP: Practice for the ceremony! Grab a couple friends and photograph them walking toward you, hand-in-hand in midday sunlight. Make sure you’re familiar with the best focus mode, settings, and vantage point for this scenario – you’ll be glad you did when the bride appears at the end of that aisle!
That’s it, that’s all she wrote! I’m confident that now, you’re prepared to have the best first wedding ever. If you’re an R+O photog, be sure to share the results with our Facebook group. I’d love to hear about your big debut in the wedding industry!