Why You Should Reach Early for a Wedding Shoot

There are many different reasons why you should always get to a wedding shoot as early as possible. As stated in a previous blog of ours, a wedding is not just about the vows and the rings and the dances. A wedding is also about the little things. The preparations, the excitement and panic, the laughter, the arrival of the first guest, and much more.

If you’re still not convinced why you should go to a wedding shoot early, then here are two of the biggest reasons to help you understand the value of this seemingly simple thing.

  • Behind the Scenes Action

Sometimes the best wedding photos are those that show how the bride, the groom, and all the people involved actually got to the point where the day was made into an incredible one. As a wedding photographer, you should capture all these once-in-a-lifetime moments. Take candid photos of the bride and groom get prepped for their big day. Notice the little details that make up the whole venue. Take photos of the various people who are contributing to this day; the caterers, the florists, and the musicians. All of these people are part of the wedding you are covering, and without them, the day just wouldn’t be the same.

  • Showcasing the Venue

The actual place where the wedding is being held needs its own fair share of attention from your side. Whether it is a church or a beautiful island, to take photos of the venue you need it to be free of people. When you have a good amount of time on your hands to showcase the venue in your final photos, you can experiment with different styles. For example, you can do long exposure photography for outdoor scenes or use an HDR photo software to create some stunning HDRs. For indoor shots, you can experiment with different depth of field settings, or take photos of the small architectural details that make the space unique. Whatever the kind of venue, you should always dedicate a good amount of time before the wedding to take good photos.


So for the next wedding event you cover, be sure that you go early so that you can take some standout photos rather than generic ones.

Vital Things for Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding may seem like a very daunting task, and it really is. There are multiple things to keep in mind, various technicalities to take care of, and a million (not literally) decisions to make. So if you have already made up your mind to have a wedding soon, here are some of the most important things you should note down somewhere.

The Number of Guests

First and foremost, decide how many guests are going to be invited to your big day. Many of the decisions about the event depend on this number. Which venue will have enough space for them? Will it be too congested or too empty? How much food do you need? How many tables and chairs? All of these and many more things need to be decided after the number of guests is confirmed.

The Date of Your Wedding

Many couples forget to take into account public holidays, summits, or any other such thing when setting the date for their wedding day. Be sure that your wedding doesn’t coincide with anything important. If it does, then make sure that you plan everything keeping in mind the additional traffic and lack of rooms for your guests to stay in.

The Weather

While you cannot avoid the weather, you can do your best to control it. If your wedding is on a hot summer day, make sure you have enough air conditioning for your venue. If it’s on the cold winter day, try not to have it out in the open.

The Meal Plan for the Crew

Always remember to create a different meal plan for the different vendors, singers, photographers, and other crew at your wedding. If you have enough money then sure, feed them to lobster too but if you want to save some cost, finalize a menu for them that costs you a little less.

The Priority List

You may have thought about making a number of lists of to-dos in your lifetime and never gotten around to making them, but this one step is crucial for any successful wedding event. You need to prioritize things and then create logical lists as to what needs to be done and when. Figure out who you can trust to do which task and hand out responsibilities. Let one thing happen before you move on to the next. You can’t order a cake before deciding the flowers, you can’t hire vendors before confirming the date, and you can’t talk to bands before you’ve booked a venue.

Just do everything one at a time in a logical order, and you’ll see how efficiently your wedding plans will take shape.

What Lens Should You Use?

Lenses are a crucial part of a photographer’s arsenal. These are the eyes through which you see an event, and each lens showcases the world in a different way.

For a wedding event, it’s important to use a variety of lens types for different situations. Each kind of lens will work in a different kind of setting, which is why we will discuss some of the most important lens types you should consider using when taking photos at a wedding.

  1. A Portrait Lens

A portrait lens is very important for any wedding because this is what you’ll be using most of the time to take photos of the bride and groom. Often prime in nature, these lenses usually have a focal range of 50mm or 85mm. They have wide apertures so you can get those buttery smooth bokeh backgrounds. Being prime lenses, they have very strong image quality and very sharp results.

  1. A Wide Angle Lens

A wide angle lens is crucial when you need to take photos of people in groups as well as the overall venue. It fits more in the frame without requiring you to move too far back from your subjects. A wide angle lens can have a focal range from 16mm to 24mm. Anything under 16mm of focal range will likely cause the edges of your photos to distort quite noticeably and is generally considered to fall into the category of super-wide or fisheye lenses.

  1. A Telephoto Lens

While it may seem like a weird choice, having a nice telephoto lens will help you take great candid photos of the attendees at the wedding without them noticing your presence. This is very important to capture the essence of a wedding. You will be able to take some really natural photos without making yourself too obvious or causing any disturbance in the festivities.

  1. A Macro Lens

A wedding is made of small things that often photographers forget about. A macro lens will let you capture those little things. From the couple’s rings to the food at the party, you’ll be able to take highly detailed and creative photos of the seemingly small elements that make up a wedding event.


No matter what your shooting style is, it is always a good idea to carry different lenses with you at a wedding. You really never know what kind of situation you’re going to find yourself in, and it’s best to be prepared beforehand rather than worry as to what you should do.