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Wedding Photography: Where Do I start?


If you want to earn money from wedding photography but have never done it before, it can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider, from the type of equipment to use to taking full advantage of the venue. What you need is a guide to ensure you deliver just as well as the professionals do. Read on to find out more.



Looking to get into wedding photography? This infographic gives a step- by-step guide on how a beginner can shoot a wedding like the professionals do.

Step 1: Have the right equipment

  1. RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
    Perfect for the wider shot, particularly an extreme wide shot (EWS). This shot is so wide the subject is barely visible
    This shot type shows the subject’s surroundings, ideal for building exteriors or venue landscapes
  2. RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM & RF 50mm f/1.2L USM
    Perfect for tight spaces, you can use these lenses to make the space appear bigger than it is
    Ideal for pre-wedding shots in a small room, or a place without much space to shoot
  3. RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
    Perfect for close up portraits
    It’s best to have your bride and groom near a light source to best bring out their features
  4. RF 28-70mm f/2L USM
    Perfect for subjects on a landscape
    This lens provides a zoom shot to help make the image look narrower and shallower


Step 2: Speak to the bride and groom

Communication with the bride and groom is key to realising their vision and offering some of your advice too.

Step 3: Explore the venue

Visit the venue to orient yourself. Take photos and show to the couple (this is important if it is a destination shoot). If you can’t get there before the wedding, have the venue send you their own images.

Step 4: Get necessary props

From wedding invitation cards to the rings, add something of sentimental value to the bride and groom that adds a signature to your shot. Why not add a table mirror to add reflection, giving a sense of uniqueness too.

Step 5: Give examples

Give the couple a taste of what you envision by showing them some similar examples for their reference.

Step 6: Bring it to Life

During intimate shots, ask one of them to whisper something funny to the other person, and capture the moment of laughter. Look for those spontaneous and natural moments between them both.

Step 7: Lighting

Choose the right time for the most appropriate light. Many photographers love the golden hours for a warm, creamy tone. Choose your lighting to match the emotion of the moment.

Step 8: Get a Mix of Shots

Be sure to get a range of shots. Capture both tight images as well as wider, dramatic ones for an eclectic range of photos.


Camera-shy groom? Let this article help.

It’s important that your bride and groom’s special day tells a story. Learn how you can help build it in this article.

Learn why managing light is vital with this article on lighting techniques.


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