Here I shall share with you my dear followers, readers and passers-by what I have learnt from Photographing a wedding abroad. Now this was my first Wedding abroad and I was already nervous. I hadn’t seen the venue, I didn’t really know what the seating arrangements were going to be and I had no idea what sort of weather we were going to have. So here I have some key points I have learnt from my first experience that may (or may not) help you with your first wedding job abroad;
- Have you filters ready – Well this one is a no brainer. Make sure you have your filters on you regardless of what sort of weather you have. It might be raining on one minute and then scorching the next. You don’t want your images to have sun glare do you?! Have your filters, thank me later!
- Research the Venue – This is something I should definitely have done! No question!! This would have saved me a lot of panic and stress and I could’ve worked out image ideas beforehand. I had a lot of images on them getting ready that I couldn’t do and so many ideas that I could’ve thought of instead if I had researched the venue beforehand.
- Everything is nice and legal – You know in certain weddings you photograph you cannot stand in a certain area because of ‘the law’ well at this wedding I could take images wherever I wanted. I could invade anyones personal space which gives you more photo opportunities and the freedom to take from every angle. Of course, find out if you can or not beforehand to avoid any awkward silences or convos.
- Beware of the choppy seas – Photographing on a boat is tricky you don’t know how choppy the sea is going to be until you start sailing. I nearly lost an SD card as well as my lens cover because the boat was shaking so much and we were not allowed to wear shoes so I had no grip. Just be extra careful and make sure you have someone to hold your equipment especially during rough patches.
- Find nice locations – Now this is something I should’ve done with Allan and Sam as soon as we got off the boat. A good idea is to find nice beautiful locations around your foreign area so you can use as backdrops to their wedding imagery. This is also something I should’ve planned and is a good back up plan if you feel the images you have already taken are not quite up to scratch.
And there you have it, some of the main lessons I have learnt from Photographing a Wedding abroad. There are probably more and more important ones out there but from my experience and environment, these were the main ones I learnt.