Hiring the perfect wedding photographer can seriously make or break your entire wedding. You want those mementos to remember the best day of your life, and if the wedding photographer is missing equipment, it is usually considered highly unprofessional and downright rude to the bride and groom.
As a photographer, shooting a wedding can be a bit of a headache. The stress is always present, but can be diminished by simply performing a pre-check on your equipment to start.
Obviously, the focal point of any photographer’s equipment should be the camera. Many professionals currently shoot with a Canon 5D or a Canon 5D Mark II, which are terrific options currently on the market. Both cameras offer great low-light performance and shallow depth of field for wonderful pictures.
If you’re using the Canon, lenses can vary in size. Many professionals will use a 35 1/1.4 up to a 70-200 f/2.8. The 35 is the widest lens, and most professionals won’t need anything wider. For wide portraits or photojournalist-quality pictures, the wide lens is the best option.
Your camera and lenses are the single most important pieces of equipment in your toolkit, but the right accessories can easily make or break the perfect photograph.
- Tripods – Tripods are useful for shots that require a slower shutter speed. If you are shooting in a dark hall, or perhaps at night, a tripod can make life easier.
- Flash – Reception halls tend to have low lighting to truly affect ambiance and mood. This is hectic on the professional photographer, though. A bouncing flash can redeem the quality of a picture in low light.
- Memory Cards – These are, arguably, the single most important accessory in your toolkit. Losing a memory card or forgetting to bring an extra can cost the bride and groom hours worth of footage and pictures. They will never forgive the photographer for such a mistake.
As a wedding photographer, you are actually not expected to wear a suit or a tie to the ceremony. You should, however, dress as respectfully and professionally as possible. A collared shirt for the men and a dress or skirt for the women is generally considered acceptable. At a formal wedding, women can also wear dress pants and a nice top to really accentuate their professionalism. A tie can be worn, and should be if the bride and groom request one, but can be left at home in most cases.
Where to hire wedding photographers?
Finding a wedding photographer in your area is made easy with online wedding planners like Book of Weddings, on this site you can search within your area or the area of your wedding and easily create a shortlist of potential wedding photographers. We always advise visiting the photographer in person and getting a feel but a great starting point can be browsing the hudreds of weddning suppliers available.