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.