Befriend your subjects and make small talk in between takes
Very few people may actually acknowledge this but it actually pays if the photographer has some sort of rapport with the subjects he is filming. This is a crucial strategy in wedding photography especially if you are going for those casual yet authentic looking pictures. Go out of your way to talk to them, ask them how they are or just give out nice comments in between takes. It will help them ease the nervousness off. Not everyone is used to being photographed, after all.
Change the angles up a bit every now and then
Wedding photography these days is all about creativity and fresh outlooks so do not be afraid to change up the angles a few times. Feel free to tilt the camera sideways, upside down, whatever makes you feel more inspired. You are granted a few artistic liberties as the official wedding photographer. Put it to good use.
Always make the bride look beautiful
This is something that you need to remember above everything else. The bride is your number one client. She is the Satine to your Moulin’ Rouge. Pose her properly. Capture only her best and most flattering angles. If she is having some trouble in the posing department, put in the initiative to give her directions and coach her the right way. Opt for the best silhouettes and poses. She will thank you tremendously once the finished photos come out.
Feel free to compliment the female subjects
Complimenting brings out a slight blush in people. Pepper a few compliments every now and then. You will see that their expressions will brighten up a little and their smiles will get wider than usual and it is as authentic as ever. This doesn’t work as well on the male subjects though so proceed with caution.
Encourage groups to huddle together or come in closer
Group photos are always fun and bring in that camaraderie. They are celebrating the union of their beloved friends, after all. Gaps in between people make them look awkward and kind of off though so encourage them to physically be close to each other, even for just the photos’ sake.
Eavesdrop a bit on deep and meaningful conversations
Once the wedding event is under way, people tend to relive or reminisce moments from the past such as how the couple came together, or how their courtship days used to be. Eavesdrop on these meaningful conversations so you can capture the wonderful expressions that people wear on their faces that you will not have a chance to capture otherwise in a more choreographed or staged setting.
Encourage a photo walk
This is for the couple, in particular. Encourage them to walk around and talk about something, such as their plans for tomorrow. This will produce great looking casual photos that are both gorgeous and intriguing if done right. Be wary of the blurs though.
Make the subjects feel comfortable
An uncomfortable subject does not make a picture look good. Break the ice and do your best to make them feel comfortable by either making light conversation or just being polite and friendly.