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.

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.

Remember these Things when Covering a Wedding

As a photographer, one needs to be very aware of all the intricacies to be taken care of when covering any sort of event. People pay their hard earned money to photographers to take photos that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. More important than money is the trust people put in their photographer for the coverage of their special occasions.

None of these events, in our opinion, is more important and personal as a wedding. A wedding is the celebration of love between two people, of the new bond being formed between two families. A couple spends months and years planning their wedding day, and then put all their faith in a photographer to make sure that their happiness is captured for years to come.

As with any event, covering a wedding ceremony requires that photographers keep certain things in mind. Some of these are as follows:

  • Be Prepared

A photographer needs to be prepared for the very long day to come. This means not only being mentally prepared but also to have enough supplies to last all day. Multiple camera bodies, backup lenses, a handful of batteries, and backup memory cards are some things you should definitely take along. It’s always crucial to be prepared for the worst when it comes to wedding photography.

  • Take a Variety of Lenses

There might be one lens that you always love to shoot with, but it’s smart to take a variety of lenses because you never know what kind of a situation you’ll find yourself in. A prime lens is great for portraits, but you’ll need a wide angle lens for those group shots. A telephoto lens will come in handy when you want to take some candid shot from a distance. Just make sure that all your lenses have a wide aperture so you don’t run into issues when the lights go down.

  • Notice the Small Stuff

A wedding is comprised of little moments that add up to a day. The smiles, the laughter, the surprise; all these expressions are priceless and are what make a wedding shoot much more meaningful than just photos of the bride and groom. Take photos of the wedding rings, of the shoes, of the food, of all the little things that matter. Look for different perspectives but don’t experiment too much. A wedding day is not something you can compromise on as a photographer.

  • And Finally – Don’t Make it About Yourself

So many photographers can get mad and frustrated when they don’t get what they want from a shoot. Yes, it’s important to take your work seriously but please just remember that it’s not your day. A wedding photographer must try to stay as much in the shadows as possible. Don’t come in front of people. Don’t make your presence obvious. Not only will this cause a hindrance for people but will also make them conscious of your presence, ruining your chances of getting candid photos.


So every time you get a chance to cover someone’s wedding, follow these suggestions to make sure you do your best to make their day as memorable as can be.