Inexperience tops the list of the most common mistakes that wedding photographers do when they first delve into the industry. It may be a really lucrative niche and it is quite understandable why a lot of people would like to dabble into it but coming in without any kind of experience whatsoever would not be the smartest thing to do. Try to apprentice for or assist a more established professional Los Angeles wedding photographer so that you get your foot in the door and see firsthand how things happen when you cover an actual wedding event without having to shoulder the sole responsibilities of covering the event on your own. Try to opt for a professional wedding photographer whose work you admire and is in line with the style of photography that you would like to cultivate as well.
Shooting in a messy background is also a common wedding photography mistake. If you’re shooting engagement and wedding photos, make sure that you keep the back clean. Go for excellent backgrounds with as little mess as much as possible. Messy backgrounds make for tacky pictures. Neat and organized backgrounds look polished and professional and that’s the look that you’re going for. Messy backgrounds tend to mess with the focal point of the photos. As much as possible, you want to keep it kind of bland and a little organized unless you focus on the other elements you would like to include in the photos.
Too much sunlight
Shooting with too much sunlight and the people in the photos end up squinting is also a common mistake. Although it may be true that natural light is great for photos, more often than not, it is highly advised for you to film your photos under the shade. Too much sun makes the subjects being filmed tend to squint. Squinting makes the face scrunch up and the nose look like it’s cringing and it comes off looking unattractive so it should be kept to a minimum as much as possible.
Not asking the subject
Another common mistake that wedding photographers make would be to film the subjects without asking and waiting for the subjects to make eye contact with the camera. Not looking at the camera makes people look indifferent and detached and it does not translate well the photos whether you look at them digitally or in print. Try to talk to them all throughout the shoot and try to maintain interesting conversation to keep them looking straight at you and into the camera.
Missing out of the must-have shots is one of the worst possible mistakes a wedding photographer can ever commit. This gets even worse if they are shots that the bride and groom have particularly asked for but you somehow forgot. Mind you, in your defense, it would be pretty easy to forget things in all of the busy things going on during a wedding event. The trick is to make sure that you have a list of must-have shots and sort of go through all of it in checklist-style and tick things off as you go along. This will make sure that you are able to cover all of the things that you need to cover. As time progresses, you will be able to keep the list sort of more mental and you won’t have to keep an actual list anymore but for the time-being, you should stick to your physical list.