You’ve got talent when it comes to posed photos, but are you ready to photograph events? If you aren’t accustomed to event photography, the task may be a bit challenging. Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few tips for photographing events.
Scout the location. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the event space before the event. Visit the location, with camera in hand, at the exact time of day the event will be held. Take a few test shots and determine the best location for you to set up and where the best lighting is. Viewing the event space beforehand will limit the number of unexpected surprises on the big day.
Bring the right equipment. Once you’ve seen the event location, you will have a better idea of what gear you need to bring. Do you need extra lighting? Do you need a step stool? Will you need an assistant? Double-check your equipment before heading out. Make sure you have the lenses you need and any additional lighting equipment.
Look and act like a professional. When attending an event as a photographer, it’s important to dress appropriately for the event. If the event is a black tie charity ball, wear a suit. If you’re photographing a low-key backyard wedding, wear khakis and white button-up. Of course, you’re working and you need to be comfortable. Find the balance between comfortable and professional. While photographing these events, it’s important to remember that you are not a guest; you’re there to do a job. However tempting it may be to jump into that conga line, resist the urge. You are there to capture the moment, not participate in it.
Take pre-event shots. Especially if you’re photographing a wedding, make sure to get photos of all the décor, food, and set-up before the guests arrive. Once the party starts, there’s no way to go back in time to get those shots. Brides have a lot to think about and may not have even thought of this, but they will be very disappointed if their wedding album doesn’t have a photo of the wedding cake before it was cut and served. Discuss these types of shots with your client before the event so that you fully understand what shots are most important to the client.
Deliver photos in a reasonable time. Discuss the turnaround time with your client before the event. If they know the estimated time it will take you to organize and edit the photos, they will be less likely to get upset waiting for their photographic memories. Give the client a reasonable timeline and deliver accordingly.
Many event photographers rely on word of mouth for new business. It’s important to do your job well and produce the best photographs possible so that your clients will feel comfortable and confident recommending you to their friends and family. Stay professional and deliver beautiful photos when promised.