Wedding Photography: 7 Tips for Photographing your First Wedding

So recently someone got in touch with you to photograph their wedding and now you’re freaking out!! Let’s talk about my person 7 tips for shooting your first wedding. Wedding photography can be intimidating but with practice and understanding the most important parts to pull off the day you’ll be running smooth wedding days before you know it!

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Video Index:
0:00 – Introduction
0:34 – Prerequisites for shooting your first wedding
3:17 – Pre-Wedding Communication
4:58 – Write Your own Timeline
6:20 – Have a Family Portrait List
8:52 – Use a Higher f/stop for Group Photos
10:15 – Don’t Use Continuous Autofocus
12:05 – Pay Attention to your Background
13:40 – Stay in Control of the Wedding
16:46 – Final Thoughts


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Comments (31)
John Branch IV Photography
October 20, 2020

Which tip do you think will have the largest impact on you as a wedding photographer?

Nalin Balutia Photography
October 20, 2020

Hey john.such a imformative the way u explained completly from initial to end. Really liked it! 🙂 liked and subscribed 👍👍waiting to see more..thanks

October 20, 2020

Also what is the bag connected to your strap system?

October 20, 2020

Which speakers are those for your computer?

David Scott Bowles
October 20, 2020

Talks about getting exposure correct, then shows a photo at least 3 stops underexposed lol

Colton Stewart
October 20, 2020

Thank you for your hard work to provide this valuable content for us that are just getting started on the journey of wedding photography. I am a Fuji shooter as well and your videos are the ones I can relate to the most. Keep it up man!

Edwin Rucci
October 20, 2020

These are very good tips… great video.

Courtney Marshallick
October 20, 2020

Thanks for the video! It was very helpful. I haven't shot any weddings, but I want to get into them. I do portraits right now. Would love to see a street photography video!

Leite Digital
October 20, 2020

I want to say thanks for the run down of what to do. I have been shooting for 7 years but only recently started to shoot weddings. Having two weddings now under my belt and I can say that the advice is spot on and I wish I knew that beforehand.

Char Perez
October 20, 2020

Thank you John!! I love the idea of making my own timeline…great idea!

Jason F. Vasquez
October 20, 2020

I love the Nintendo Switch in the background 🙂

J Taylor
October 20, 2020

Do you have a link to your desk and camera setup? I'd love to see what monitor/speakers you use!

Chad Sterley
October 20, 2020

That black and white moment! haha!

Paul Atkins
October 20, 2020

Your videos are fantastic! Thanks 😊

Rob Macdonald
October 20, 2020

I love this channel

Marcus Bullock
October 20, 2020

Street Photography, Yes!

Adrian Zok
October 20, 2020

You are a cool Guy and a great Teacher!

Chris Turner Photographer
October 20, 2020

Great tips man

Ty Green
October 20, 2020

Hey John! Where did you get that dual photography holster?

Paweł Zarzycki
October 20, 2020

I don't think that doing portraits by the list is good. I get the divorces/conflicts argument but this doesn't mean you can tell the people what to do.
This argues with your "street photography" is similar to wedding photography. You're there to document, observe, not to create events. Portraits are one exception, you can tell them where to stand etc but doing it by the list is more than overkill.

Juan Brotato
October 20, 2020

Pleaseeee pleaseee do the street photography video!!

Alex Hall
October 20, 2020

Excellent video John. Doesn’t matter what you shoot there are brill too tips here. I’ve shot 3 small weddings this year all went well but I can certainly improve with better planning. Only tips I can think of is plenty of batteries and SD cards.

Cindy Shimabuko
October 20, 2020

Thank you for the View Video verry helpful

Phil Eargle
October 20, 2020

Thanks John. As always, relevant information that we NEED to know.

Kiel Banania
October 20, 2020

Hey John, do you recommend XT100 for wedding photography as well?

Curtis Aho
October 20, 2020

When you talk about continuous auto focus do you mean don’t let the camera pick the focus point? I shoot canon and use AI servo all day so that the focus system is always continuously focusing Incase someone is moving. I do use single point with that. Shooting in one shot for canon would not get me the results I want when shooting people moving.

Arthur Garcia
October 20, 2020

Totally agree! 80% of wedding photography is customer service! Love the content bro!

Stacey Moua
October 20, 2020

So helpful and thank you so much. Wish this video was made a few months before because I did do one of the mistakes you mentioned. Lol . Thank you!

Kyrkhu Lang Ymbon
October 20, 2020

Thank you so much John.
I just want to know what lighting do you use on wedding ceremony?

Jacob Nates
October 20, 2020

Shooting my first wedding this weekend, so this is perfect timing! Wish me luck ✌️

October 20, 2020

Hello from Romania! I bought the x-t3. I like it, it is a good camera but i feel that it has poor performance in low light. Being my first camera, for now I can't afford fast prime lens. I use the kit zoom lens 16-80, f4. Can you show us some tips for getting better exposure in difficult light with fujifilm, please? I tend to belive that is a problem with fujifilm or the APSC sensor because it seams to me that a full frame is ridiculously better in low light.

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