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How Do I Take Great Formal Wedding Photos?

Even if you’re practicing a photojournalistic style of taking wedding pictures, you still would need to have a series of formal shots to complete the album that you are creating for your couple client. I do know how newbie photographers and even the veterans struggle with this type of shot, because they don’t know how to make the emotions ‘pop’ out of the photo and not make it look like the subjects were told to smile at the photographer’s instructions.

Here are some tips on how you can take great formal wedding photos:

- First, make sure that you have a list of the formal shots that need to be taken. This list should be prepared with the couple – especially if there are family members whom they want to be taken formal photos with right after the wedding.

- Second, it is much better if you will take the formal photos after the wedding ceremony has been completed. Following the list that you created of the shots that the bride and groom wants to be taken, you should take control of the mini-crowd that is sure to develop right after the wedding ceremony and gather everyone around. Better yet, have the couple assign one family member to be the one who is in charge of which family member should pose with the couple, and when.

- Third, make sure to check with the wedding coordinator if you do have time to take the formal wedding photos after the ceremony. If not, do it before the wedding.

Photos of the bride and groom with their parents, siblings, bridesmaids, groomsmen and other members of the family are the all-important formal shots that you need to take. By creating a list of the formal photos that need to be taken beforehand, you can make sure that you won’t forget anything and the newlywed couple will be happy with the quality of work that you have.

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Be Eco-Friendly with Wedding Photography!

When you go online and search for any type of business in your area, you would usually see a company which claims to have a green or environment-friendly operation. This is definitely a good thing, what with all the ecological problems that the entire world is facing.

So if you’re in the wedding photography business, how can you do your share in helping save the environment?

Read on to find out:

1. Purchase and use batteries wisely.
There’s probably not even a need to say this, but you should make use of rechargeable batteries as much as you can. Not only will you be helping save Mother Nature in the process, but you will also save up on your business’ operational costs because disposable batteries don’t give you the best bang for your buck. If you do have a lot of used batteries, dispose of them properly.

2. Reuse, reduce and recycle.
This is the mantra that green businesses should live by. Purchase recycled paper products as much as possible. Reuse the UPS boxes that you are receiving on a regular basis, just make sure to cover up the previous labels. Operate on a paperless environment as much as you can.

3. Drive an eco-friendly car and if you have weddings to cover, carpool.
Although driving a green car may be more expensive than the regular gas guzzler, you will end up saving more resources with the gas that you will save – not to mention the fact that non-eco-friendly cars are harmful to the environment.

4. Market your business as eco-friendly.
Although being green is not necessarily a high priority for most brides – but there are environmentally-conscious couples out there. You might get plus points if you advertise your business to be green and eco-friendly, just make sure that you practice it 100% on all aspects of your business’ operations.

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First Wedding Photography Book Recommendation

If there’s one book which I’m sure every amateur wedding photographer would appreciate having while they’re getting their business off the ground, that is none other than Steve Sint’s “Wedding Photography: Art, Business and Style” book.

He does have a new book out but for now, let’s focus on how the original edition of this particular title. I can’t even remember how many times, when I was first starting out, I took this book out whenever doubts as an amateur photographer assailed me.

Much like a student studying for a test, I used Steve Sint’s book as a guideline to increase my knowledge about the basic aspects of wedding photography that I typically did not have a clue about. When you read the book, you will see how the author started with the ABC in wedding photography: how to start a wedding studio or work for one, how to build your very own repertoire of wedding photos and how to frame and pose your subjects.

The good thing about the middle part of the book is that good and bad examples are given – so you would pretty much have an idea about whether the photos that you’re churning out at that point in your career were passable or not.

The succeeding parts of the book talked about how to use a flash, how to relate and sell your wedding packages and more importantly, how to promote your business. Thinking back, if I had to scrimp on other things that I didn’t have money for back then, Steve Sint’s book is the one thing that I wouldn’t have regretted purchasing. It’s that useful, especially for those who are just starting out – and wish to succeed – in the wedding photography business.

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