Don’t Do #1: Don’t know the Couple
Take the time to get to know more about your couple during your initial meetings. How did they meet? How long have they been together? Do they already have children? Answers to these questions may serve as your inspiration for covering their wedding and for the story in your images.
If possible, also do their prenup photos. It will serve as an opportunity for both parties to be more comfortable with each other—a huge benefit for when the big day arrives. At the same time, it helps you figure out your couple’s best angles!
And as precaution, a lot goes on in weddings. It’s nearly impossible for a single shooter to cover everything, mainly due to time constraints and difficulty in multi-tasking. Couples usually go for a team of at least three wedding photographers, with at least one assigned for each of them. This way, the photographers can have required shots distributed among them and have less chances of missing a moment. You may also hire an assistant for your gear and lighting set-up. It clearly benefits you as a shooter too, as it helps you become more at ease on the job.
Don’t Do #2: Don’t Care about Lightning
If possible, visit the venue a few days before, around the same time as the actual wedding, so you can see what kind of lighting situation you will be working with. Walk through the entire venue and take note of what kind of lighting you will get in each spot, whether indoors or outdoors. This will allow you to properly prepare for it and figure out what kind of lighting equipment and accessories you may need to bring.
Needless to say, you should bring your camera and lenses with you! Take some sample shots of each part of the venue so you can figure out the best settings to work with. This should help save you some time during the actual event, as you won’t have to waste your time trying to come up with the right settings for each given lighting situation.