Whether you’re a professional photographer or a student photographer looking at each and every opportunity as a way of improving your craft, having a good knowledge of the locations you want to shoot at is incredibly useful when it comes to finding the perfect photo for any event. Wedding photographers in particular need to be able to capture that perfect shot, without having to ask for re-shoots about ten times, as wedding parties are stressful and it can be incredibly difficult to keep that many people still and placid for any length of time.
There are a whole host of beautiful venues across London for fantastic wedding shoots, however if you aren’t aware of them or if you have never visited them before your planned shoot, you will have no idea of what challenges you may face as a photographer. As with any sort of job, research is key. Take a look at some of our expert tips on how you can help get the best photos, and make your location perfectly suit your choice of event.
Scout for shots in advance
If you have time, or if you are able, see if you can visit the venue before the party date. By familiarising yourself with the venue in advance, you will be able to pick out ideal locations away from the hustle and bustle of the party scene and can take your time testing out lighting, colour saturation, angles etc. Having prior knowledge of the chosen venue will also work in your favour when discussing potential shoots with your clients, as it shows a dedication to the job and helps to build up potential relationships with your clients.
Be prepared for the worst
Check the weather forecasts. Whether your event location is indoors or outdoors, you never quite know what is to be expected of you so it is good to be prepared for most situations. The party may want you to take photos of the arrival party, whereby suitable outdoor equipment is essential. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best is always a good mantra to stand by in these situations.
Have more than one location in mind
Many venues will have several event rooms where guests can wander and enjoy their time. By checking out the entire venue you can gather a list of potential locations for wedding shoots, party shots, group photos and more. You may even be able to look at good potential set up locations for shooting the party as it goes on in its natural habitat. While head-shots and group shots are great, some of the best party shots can occur when nobody is aware of the camera itself.
Don’t just think of locations where guests can sit and pose, think of spots where you can catch a lot of the action, as this will provide far more opportunities for photos and give your clients a great array of memories to choose from. Plus, dynamic and on-the-spot photos always look good in a portfolio.
Get There Early
On the day of the event, it may be a good idea to get to the venue before any of the guests have arrive, particularly if you need to set anything up in advance. Making your models wait before having their photo taken can be an annoying task and it may look unprofessional on your part. Weddings and other similar events are stressful enough as it is! They may sometimes be edgy or irritable and they will likely want to get back to the celebrations as soon as possible.
By getting there as early as you can, you can make any preparations needed as well as looking bright and eager for the job. Good communication is always essential between the photographer and the event organiser. If you don’t know who exactly the bride and groom are, how will you be able to properly capture their reactions when they first enter the hall? You also have a chance to set up and take a few practice shots, to make sure the lighting and other such elements are as they should be.
While many venues across London are specifically designed to appeal to weddings, business conferences, stag and hen dos and so on, every now and then a couple or a party will want to wed at a different, non-standard venue, and as the chosen photographer it is up to you to make them look as food as possible. With careful preparation and previous scouting of the venue, you will be able to make your chosen venue suit your event spectacularly.
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