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Common Mistakes in Wedding Photography and How to Avoid Them

Your wedding photography will be one of the primary memories of your special day and, as a result, you want it to be perfect. While a skilled and experienced wedding photographer can usually make sure that your photographs are exquisite, there are a few common mistakes that can ruin your otherwise perfect photos.

Here are some of the most common mistakes in wedding photography and tips on how to avoid them:

1. Poor Planning

One of the most common mistakes wedding photographers make is not spending enough time treating the planning of the photos as seriously as they should. This often means that couples don't have enough time have the photos they really want, or they are rushed and the quality suffers.

A wedding photographer should provide couples with all the information they need to have success. This should include a timeline, staging diagrams, and other important pieces of information. A couple should discuss what type of shots they would like, where they will take place, and any other details prior to the wedding day.

Image showing a wedding photographer not having a proper backup plan, Image depicting a New Orleans wedding photographer not effectively communicating with the bride and groom.

2. Inadequate Lighting

Lighting is critical in wedding photography, and many weddings are plagued by inconsistent or uneven lighting—as a result, your photos will look sub-par. It's important to make sure that your photographer has enough time to focus on lighting, as this will go a long way in getting photographs with proper exposure and depth.

Discussion beforehand can help here, as the couple and photographer can work together to determine the best time to take pictures and what kind of lighting is best for the venue and any special care that should be taken.

New Orleans wedding photographer capturing a blurry wedding scene, Image showcasing a poorly lit wedding venue which resulted in bad photos,

3. Too Many Re-shoots

Taking too many re-shoots is a big mistake amateur photographers often make, and it can be costly. This often occurs in cases where the photographer is unprepared or doesn't have the necessary knowledge or experience when it comes to creating impressive photographs. Additionally, too many re-shoots can take away from time spent on other parts of the wedding.

To avoid this, it's important that photographers provide couples with sufficient information before the wedding to ensure they are prepared and know what to expect. It's also important to make sure that their skills and post-production processes are up to par prior to the wedding day.

Snapshot of a New Orleans wedding photographer not prepared for sudden changes in weather, Image represents a photographer forgetting to take group photos at a wedding

4. Not Paying Attention to Details

This may seem like an obvious mistake, but it remains one of the most common—not paying attention to details. Wedding photography requires an eye for detail—from the angle of the lighting to the positioning of objects in the frame, photographers must make sure they are capturing everything that matters.

Again, proper planning and discussion are key here. A photographer must know the particular details that couples want captured from their day—from special decorations to items of clothing. Planning ahead ensures that photographers capture all of these details and provide couples images that really showcase all the little things that they cherish on their special day.

 Illustration of a New Orleans wedding photographer missing the first kiss shot at a wedding, Image of a wedding photographer fail to capture the emotions of the bride and groom,

To recap, common mistakes in wedding photography include poor planning, poor lighting, too many re-shoots, and not paying sufficient attention to detail. To avoid these pitfalls, couples should provide photographers with the needed amount of information and time before the wedding, discuss ideal lighting options with them, and ensure that their skills and post-production processes are up to par.

Additionally, paying attention to the tiny details that make the day extra special will ensure that the wedding album looks exactly as it's supposed to.


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