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Weddings are a joyous occasion that most people want to preserve for later reflection. For this reason, couples typically recruit professional photographers for their Big Day. However, mobile photography can be just as essential for documenting a wedding. Whether you were asked to take mobile photos for a wedding or you simply want to be prepared for the next one you attend, here are some wedding mobile photography tips to keep in mind.
When it comes to mobile photography and big events, it’s worth examining the location beforehand. For example, visit the venue where the reception will be held after the exchange of vows. Doing so can give you an idea of what type of lighting you have to work with, as well as any other obstacles that may impact your mobile photography (e.g., tight spaces, windows, mirrors).
In the end, you’ll have a better idea of how to shoot once the wedding occurs. For extra inspiration, do your homework beforehand! In addition to looking up professional wedding photographer’s portfolios online, you can find more ideas on websites, such as The Knot and Pinterest, ahead of the Big Day.
If possible, speak to the engaged couple beforehand. This is especially necessary if you’re going to be responsible for providing mobile photography to the couple after the event. The individuals directly involved with the wedding can give you the fine details of the Big Day’s agenda.
Even knowing what time of day you’ll be working with can give you an advantage as a photographer. (Think natural lighting.) The couple can also let you know how they want mobile photographs to be taken throughout the wedding. For instance, they may want more candid shots of children, or mobile photos of the wedding party in a specific location.
Sharp imagery of certain subjects may be necessary in some situations. For instance, you’ll want to capture the fine details of autumn foliage when you have an opportunity to snap a photo in the woods. However, soft, blurred mobile photos can create a more romantic, natural look. These types of pictures can translate into unique wedding mobile photography. As you snap your mobile photos, try not to concern yourself achieving perfection in the form of sharpness or form. Some of your best mobile photos may end up being those taken in soft, warm lighting or when your subjects are in motion.
Whether you use an iPhone camera lens or a tripod during your mobile photography sessions, pack it all before the wedding. This will ensure that you’re never without your favorite accessories once the Big Day arrives. Knowing the wedding agenda and venue beforehand can help you prepare. However, there are many situations you can’t prep for – think weather, natural lighting, and spur-of-the-moment requests from the bride or groom. By having your gear on hand, you can make sure you never have to turn down a request.
Wedding photographers are always in demand, and mobile phones have made it easier for them to get the job done with little equipment. By keeping these tips in mind, you can provide beautiful wedding mobile photography to the happy couple after the Big Day.
Written by Krystle Vermes.