Are you an aspiring event photographer looking for ways to follow your passion and pursue a side hustle? Then, you’re in the right place as we will talk about all the tips and tricks necessary to be the best at your job.

Events are a great way to showcase your photography talent and let the world know how they look while capturing their special moment.

Event photography is a general term for hiring photographers to click on-location pictures of an event or a ceremony. From weddings to a concert and small retreats, everything falls under the category of event photography. One of the main prerequisites for an event photographer is to have the ability to be flexible in photography for different types of events.

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While it could be challenging to adapt to the environment and the people present, it is also your job to make them look stunning. In addition to personal events, corporate events also fall under this umbrella, and as a photographer, it is important to be able to adapt to different events in general.

Here are a few important aspects to keep in mind before diving into the photography business

Understanding the client’s expectations and needs

As mentioned above, events can be of different types and vary considerably concerning people, professionalism, ambiance, and many more. Therefore, it is always best to consider the client’s needs before deciding what kind of images must be clicked.

One of the best ways to do so is to arrange a meeting a week or two before the event and understand all the client’s requirements. Then, put together a short list of inspirations and research on the same in the selected venue.

Arriving early

Once you have a clear idea about the event and the tasks in the ambiance, it is essential to arrive at least 2 hours before the location so that you can set up your equipment and take snapshots of the place before it gets crowded.

Planning shots

Every event will have guests and a group of prominent people responsible for the event. Therefore, segregate and distribute your team to take pictures of everything and everyone without missing the most important people or details of the event.

For instance, taking pictures of the VIPs and the audience’s reaction simultaneously is essential, without missing even the tiniest detail.

Planning shots

Make use of different settings.

If you own a low-light camera to capture pictures of the event, you have the chance to take decent photos, even when there is a bright light in the surroundings. However, it is also important to play around with different lenses and settings of your camera before the event so that you get the best shot on the day of the ceremony.

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When all my friends were getting married, it was a sure thing that I would cry at a wedding. Then as I started photographing more of them, I got into “work mode” and could remain stoic and focused on shooting with the best of them. Something about Lindsey and Andrew’s wedding had me a weepy mess though. And it wasn’t just once! It seemed the waterworks were flowing throughout the day.

It was just such a sweet and romantic and happy and heartfelt kind of day. All of it. But the part that got me the most was Lindsey’s dad’s speech during the reception. He told the story of how Lindsey wanted to date and he decided the time was ok, but he said to her that he wanted to be the one to take her out on her first date. When date night came, he walked around the the front door, rang the bell, greeted her mom, came inside to talk to Lindsey and her mom for a few minutes, let her mom know where they were going and what time they’d be home. Then he walked her out to the car, opened the door, pulled out her chair at the restaurant, chatted with her throughout dinner, picked up the check, opened the restaurant and car doors again for her, and drove her home on time. At the end of the date he told her how much fun he’d had and that she was ready to go on her own dates. But that if any guy didn’t treat her as well as he did tonight, then she shouldn’t give him the time of day because he wasn’t good enough for me. OMG. Where are the tissues! That was about the sweetest thing I ever heard! I love that so much!

So while you wipe the tears from your eyes, enjoy some highlights from Lindsey and Andrew’s wedding day! It was a honor to be part of it all, and I wish you both eternal years of happiness!

I love it when a couple has a great sense of humor. They don’t take things or themselves too seriously, and live to the fullest. Barri and Mike are definitely one of those couples. Just wait until you see their cake! It’s definitely one of the best toppers I’ve seen. It had me laughing and it’s certainly unlike anything I’ve seen before. But it’s fun and funny and a great reflection on these two.

But before we got to the cake, they were leading the way on the dance floor. Making jokes during the ceremony that had everyone laughing. And wiping away tears as some of their dearest friends and family made it clear just how much Barri and Mike mean to them. It was one of the more heartfelt and lighthearted weddings I’ve been to. Plus they were the first to set up al fresco dining on the Birkby House’s patio. With an August wedding date, they got incredibly lucky to have one of the most beautiful mid-70s afternoons to enjoy it all.

So enjoy some of the highlights from Barri and Mike’s Birkby House wedding!