Wedding photography tips for photographers

Wedding photography tips for photographers!

I’ve been photographing weddings for over 15 years, an average of 20 to 25 weddings yearly. I’ve learnt a lot in that time! 

I have plenty of advice on what and what not to do when starting independently. 

Here are some of my excellent wedding photography tips for anyone aspiring to become a professional wedding photographer.

Create a kick-ass portfolio

For me, this one is a no-brainer. 

We live in an age where everything is online, and my target market is primarily millennials. 

Most people love a one-stop shop, so having a killer website with a fantastic portfolio and transparent pricing is key to helping you book clients. 

There are some great platforms specifically targeted at wedding and portrait photographers. 

My favourites are ShowitProphoto, Pixieset and Zenfolio.

But what if you don’t have any wedding photography to show off? 

I suggest contacting local photographers you admire and seeing if you can find a mentor. 

Have a portfolio of your best work on hand and present yourself professionally. 

I know many fabulous photographers who started this way and still maintain excellent relationships with those who gave them a leg up.

Whatever you do, don’t ever use anyone else’s images as your own. You only need to read the Photo Stealers website to know this is a massive no-go and never ends well.

Know your gear

I would shoot weddings with cheap gear in my early days and did reasonably well. 

But you can have the most expensive gear on the planet and still not know how to use it. 

I believe the person behind the camera and lens has the vision, heart, and technical skills to create a great photo. 

It would be best to carry some tried-and-tested essential photography equipment to get you through an entire wedding day and know how to use it in all modes.

My suggestions are:

Two DSLRs (I work with mirrorless Canon cameras)

One wide-angle lens

One telephoto lens

One macro lens (or macro filters)

One prime lens (my favourite is the 50mm)

One flash unit

One tripod

A well-supported bag

Remember that I think the above is a basic list of equipment needed. 

I have more than this in my bag, and I use all of it on a wedding day.

I know how expensive it is to buy wedding photography equipment, and it took me years to build my bag. 

Consider renting gear (I’ve done this many times). 

A great place in Brisbane to rent from is Brisbane Camera Hire.


Oh my gosh, this one is super important. 

You NEED liability insurance if you’re a wedding photographer, and in my opinion, no one should photograph a wedding without any. 

I would also recommend having all of your gear insured as well. 

PPIB (Professional Photographers Insurance Brokers) is the company I use to manage my gear and liability insurance. They’ve always been excellent and provide excellent service when needed.


Go on, get out there! 

Meet other photographers, network, and make friends. 

I did this in the early days, and I’ve gotten to know some lovely people who have been kind to me.

Create a family and group photo list.

I tell my clients that there is a section in their booking form to write down any lists and pairings they’d like for their family photos. 

I value these images highly and stress that I don’t want to miss any because I know too well how disappointing it can be not to get them on the day. 

Make that effort and ask if a couple of assigned family members can help direct you to find everyone. 

A good tip is to ask your celebrant or priest to use their microphone to group everyone.

Prepare, prepare, prepare

I’ve been using a wedding photography checklist for years and cross things off my to-do list the week before a wedding. 

I have everything from cleaning my gear, contacting the bride and putting petrol in my car. You never want to be unprepared!

Check out the venue

Make a date with your bride and groom for a walk-through of their chosen venue. 

Tell them you’ll schedule this a month or so from their wedding day and stick to it. 

This will ensure you create trust with them, and you’ll also be able to see the venue and scout for locations for photos. 

A good tip is to do this at approximately the same time as their ceremony. That way, you’ll be able to see what the light might be like and have a plan in your head before the day rolls around.

Look your best

Look, I feel like this advice is another no-brainer. 

I’ve encountered other wedding photographers working in popular locations, and I’m always surprised to see the odd person in jeans. 

Think of how much effort your clients put into their big day and do the same. 

I always wear a smart dress with flats, ensuring I present professionally. 

It goes a long way in presenting yourself to your clients, guests, and family.

Shoot in RAW

Ok, so I know many photographers who would argue against this. 

But for me, it’s the sage advice of ‘better safe than sorry’. 

This is a day that you won’t get to repeat. It’s not a portrait session that you can re-schedule because of rain. 

Do your best, buy extra memory cards and shoot in RAW. It will give you more flexibility, and if you didn’t quite get your exposure correct on a shot that is still amazing, you’d have more scope to correct this afterwards.


So here’s what I do on a wedding day. 

I have two cards in my camera, and one is purely for backing up. 

I wear my cards around my neck zipped up and typically photograph on 16GB cards. 

As soon as I’m home and in the door, my bag is unpacked, and I’m backing up all of my RAW images onto three different hard drives. 

Over the years, I’ve had several clients contact me and tell me they’ve lost their wedding photos, and I’m always happy to re-upload these for download at no extra cost. 

Honestly, every photographer’s nightmare is to lose images from a day. 

Put the proper steps in place to ensure it doesn’t happen to you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog article about ‘wedding photography tips for photographers!’. 

Feel free to leave a comment and ask any questions!

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