It’s really important to know what you want before you start a wedding engagement session or the formals of the bride and groom on the wedding day. Getting an idea of poses, clothing, equipment, props and lighting are some really important concepts you need to consider before you start a shoot.
A great place to find inspiration is in magazines. Vogue, Elle, and wedding magazines such as ‘Wedding Magazine’ and ‘Wedding Ideas Magazine’ are some great publications you need to check for poses and new styles. You don’t have to imitate them head angle for head angle but it should help give you some good ideas that you want to try with the bride ad groom.
Another source is Flickr, I’m sure you will have heard of it but there are some great wedding groups to gather inspiration from. Again, there will be lots that you don’t like – but this is good! You will look at it and think ‘I don’t want to make the same mistake!’ Knowing what doesn’t work is a great start to finding out what does work. As above I would say don’t completely copy it but use what you like as a guide for your on work.
Make sure you couples know what you want them to do. The majority of clients don’t know what is expected from them and will feel self conscious. It is up to you to make it fun by using your personality to make them feel at ease. It really is down to you to get the best out of your subjects, so lighten up, prepare to have fun and ensure you can handle the technical side of things so that you can concentrate on getting the most out of the subjects.
Be sure to critique your own work. Look at your work and decide what you like and what you don’t like. It’s a great way to be inspired and to see how you can improve – what techniques you will use again and which ones you won’t.