San Jose Wedding Photographer – Is it Hard to DO?
Your San Jose wedding is fast approaching and as the anxiety grows in everyone associated with the big day, two big concerns weigh on everybody’s mind. Those are…
(1) How can we reduce the stress of this big day?
(2) How can we cut the costs?
(I don’t advice cutting out the professional photographer from your budget if you want memorable photos of you and your love ones).
These two questions are in conflict with each other too because in order to reduce stress, you have to increase the work that someone has to do. Sometime during the preparation time frame, the idea will come up, why don’t we let “John Jones” do our San Jose wedding pictures? John Jones may be someone’s brother who is “really good at photography” or just a friend of the family. The appeal is that they will save you a pile of money and probably do just as good a job as the expensive San Jose wedding photographer.
While you certainly want to watch out before you turn over this important job, maybe you or someone in the San Jose wedding party can take the photos as well as a professional. After all, how many San Jose wedding nightmares have you heard about a professional San Jose wedding photographer who either damaged the romantic nature of the ceremony by butting in too often, aggravated the guests by blotting out their view of the San Jose wedding to get an action shot or charged an arm and a leg only to deliver poor quality photos.
San Jose Wedding Photographer – Can an amateur do it?
In truth, it is entirely possible for an “amateur” San Jose wedding photographer to do a terrific job taking pictures at the San Jose wedding. But there are some guidelines you should follow if that job has fallen to you. If you are reading this as the bride, groom or anxious mother and you are considering using a friend for these photos, spend an hour going over these guidelines and not only will you get better pictures, your anxiety level will go down too.
1. Know your equipment inside and out. Whether you are using a run of the mill digital camera or an expensive set up that has taken you years to work up, make sure everything is in top-notch working order and that you are thoroughly familiar with every nuance of the machine. Remember Murphy’s Law. If anything can go wrong, it will. So keep Murphy out of the San Jose wedding by checking and double checking your camera and related equipment.
2. Have spares of everything possible. If there are batteries involved with the operation of the camera, have several spare sets on hand and know where they are. If the batteries go out as the bride and party are posed at the alter, you don’t want an hour delay why you run to the 7-11 to get more. The same goes for flash bulbs and even the camera itself. Have spares of everything possible so Murphy just goes to the next San Jose wedding down the road to make his mess.
3. The photo is about more than the bride and groom. If you are used to “staging” your pictures, you may not worry that often with activity in the room. After all, if everybody is posing, the environment is controlled. This will not be the case during an action shot like during the San Jose wedding or reception. So keep a keen awareness of the room, the activity around the subjects, the lighting and background props. You don’t want to produce the perfect shot of bride and groom kissing only to have Cousin Ned gagging on the cake in the background.
4. Be aware of glare from windows, lights and eyeglasses. These can sneak up on you.
San Jose Wedding Photographer – Say Good Luck
As a rule, someone who is part of the event can get great shots because they know the people and can be mixing as those wonderful “little moments” occur. So it’s worth a try if you feel good about the skills of your San Jose wedding photographer and they follow these little guidelines.
Even though you have followed the guidelines here, photographing a wedding is very hectic and have it’s challenges. You will be taking a big change if you should use an amateur or your cousin to take your photos during your San Jose Wedding. Good Luck!
Benipayo Photography Studio
350 E. Taylor Street
San Jose, CA 95112-3129