A photographer prepares for a wedding just as they would for any other shoot, ensuring that the equipment is ready, the personnel are ready, and that there’s a working plan. The difference with a wedding is that these events have a special kind of emotional attachment, as well as a sense of urgency… you can’t do it over, in other words.
My preparation is fairly simple. But here it is…
- I review the schedule to make sure what time I’m suppose to be there and when, making sure I have plenty of gas in the car to get there. I review some names of the accompanying party so I can make people a bit more at ease by using their name and not just a general reference.
- All of the equipment gets cleaned, even if it isn’t dirty.
- All of the batteries get charged; camera, flash, remote, extension, and portable hard drive.
- I review the camera settings to make certain that everything is where I want it, and if it isn’t I set it that way.
- I familiarize myself with the assistant/second shooter for the day and write reminders for myself on things I need to tell them about procedures that we should follow for this wedding.
- I pack all my equipment the morning of or the night before. Everything should be ready to go when I get to the wedding.
The actual pre-coverage preparation is a bit more complex, but this gives you an idea of what goes into the before the wedding agenda.
You can view our wedding coverage, including photos at tlcphotography.com/weddings.