jen the photgrapher

5 things I learned from shooting my first wedding:

Here’s what I learned from shooting my first EVER wedding as a Photographer.

 (a photographer’s journey)


1. PREPARE your travel plans

Be prepared before and make sure you know where you’re going.  My biggest learning lesson was that Holbæk is NOT Humlbæk.  Yup- I went to the wrong place to shoot my first ever wedding.  I literally jumped into a cab and the driver swiftly drove me to the event…it was like driving across Denmark.  I narrowly made it and I’m so grateful for that amazing driver. 

2. Bring the equipment.

Bring the OTHER LENS.  Seriously.  I only brought my 85mm lens which is perfect for portraits…just not weddings.  Through this, I lost a lot of connection but gained friends that knew that I was trying to make the best of it.   Just bring all the equipment. 

3. Do your RESEARCH. 

Know who the wedding party is for, ask questions, know the bride and groom’s names, what is the layout of the wedding party, what is the weather going to be like, etc.  Be prepared.  

4. Know the poses.

Know HOW TO ‘’pose’ the wedding couple, family, and guests.  I was winging it and it probably showed.  But it was fun and the wedding couple was so sweet and patient. 

5. Adjust your camera settings

When you go from outdoors to indoors, your ISO will change and that will affect the shot.  Also, always check your photos to make sure of the lighting.  I learned this the hard way.  Adjust your camera settings accordingly.  

Holy hell I learned a lot from shooting my first wedding ever!

My first wedding gave me the learning lessons to become a better photographer.  My unpreparedness probably showed but I wouldn’t take back the experience.  Even though I had a rough start, I got some amazing candid shots of everyone and all the people were kind and in great spirits.   And even better, it was a Greenlandic wedding filled with beautiful Inuit people on a perfect day.   

SO What are the learning lessons from shooting your first ever shoot?

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