Malay Wedding!


babetrice

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One of my malay friend actually asked me to help her to take her wedding pictures. I supposed it actual day wedding. Is there anything i have to look out for eg checklist of what to do? And since if going to be my first time, how much should i charge her? And as for the photos if i developed for her, should i be charging her extra or should it be included as the "photographer fee" + are there any places that sells nice photo album which i can find to put her wedding pictures! Kindly advice me :)
 

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One of my malay friend actually asked me to help her to take her wedding pictures. I supposed it actual day wedding. Is there anything i have to look out for eg checklist of what to do? And since if going to be my first time, how much should i charge her? And as for the photos if i developed for her, should i be charging her extra or should it be included as the "photographer fee" + are there any places that sells nice photo album which i can find to put her wedding pictures! Kindly advice me :)
If you don't have prior experience shooting weddings, I suggest you suggest to your friend to hire a wedding photographer while you shoot at the side as a backup or 2nd photographer. It is not wise to shoot as the main photographer without prior experience. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event. You cannot afford to screw up the photos or have any crucial shots missing.
 

babetrice

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Actually i did twice as backup photographer but for my own practice purpose! I guess that's always a first time for all wedding photographers :)
 

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Actually i did twice as backup photographer but for my own practice purpose! I guess that's always a first time for all wedding photographers :)
Then ask yourself if you are confident enough, and ask your friend to view your photos (wedding photos, not just any other photos you take), and if she is comfortable with the quality of them, then go ahead and shoot. If you are not confident of producing quality work, and/or your friend is not satisfied with your work, do yourself and the couple and favour and let someone else shoot (while you shoot at the side of course). If you are confident you can produce good shots, go ahead. As for what to take note of, as I'm not a wedding photographer, I can't advise you on that.

As for how to charge, check out the Photo Biz section on this forum, go search around it, it has been discussed before
 

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I am not a wedding photographer, but I've seen better works done by photographers here. I wouldn't say your shots are bad, but I would suggest you direct them to some of the better wedding portfolios and try and convince them to hire one of the better photographers as the main photographer, while you work as the 2nd shooter and learn more stuff from the main photographer, before you shoot weddings as the main photographer. This is better for the both of you (the couple will get better shots, while you get to gain experience and skills from more experienced wedding photographers)
 

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Not bad, to be honest. Have a look at Photo Biz and search the forum for previous threads of the similar topic, it pops up frequently when the newbies here think about how to make money with the camera they just got or when their friends think that 'new camera must produce great pictures'. Good that you are already beyond the question of 'which lens to use for wedding?' :thumbsup:
 

babetrice

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To brapodam : thanks for your advice!! ;)
 

babetrice

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To octarine : thanks!! it's really encouraging to hear that!! Haha. Actually I am only using d3000 with 35mm for the wedding shoots!! Hoping to get a better dslr soon!! ;)
 

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To octarine : thanks!! it's really encouraging to hear that!! Haha. Actually I am only using d3000 with 35mm for the wedding shoots!! Hoping to get a better dslr soon!! ;)
Your pictures look better than what I saw from a guy with D300 and high grade lens who even got paid. Stick to what you have, hone your skills for the other things around: knowing the procedures, be at the right place in the right moment, direct people for group pics, capture the atmosphere, tell a story, fulfill the client's expectation. (It goes without saying that things like focus, exposure, flash etc. must be 2nd nature to you.)
People want to remember the moment, not the equipment you have used ;)
 

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To octarine : thanks!! it's really encouraging to hear that!! Haha. Actually I am only using d3000 with 35mm for the wedding shoots!! Hoping to get a better dslr soon!! ;)
stick to the current cam and lens. i've seen your facebook pics, not bad for a start. here's some point to note;

- use a bounce card instead of diffuser
- watchout on the over-exposure as such wedding is often held @ void deck/multi-purpose hall, set your EV to -1/3
- turn off the flash when shooting under direct sunlight
- try not to crop group shots tightly
- prioritize on the couple facial and frontal shots,meaning you have to stand in the middle of the dais (since you are going to be the main photographer)
- use smaller aperture in group shots (f9 and above)
- communicate to the couple loudly, i don't mean shouting but tell them(and others behind them) to look into your camera prior to pressing that shutter
- patience and anticipation works parallel; you don't shoot a couple in wedding with another photographer behind them. if you have to wait for the other guy to move away after his shot, so be it. again communication plays a pivot role here. or put your finger on standby when that guy is just about to move, shoot when you are ready
- a smile exudes happiness, joy, gratefulness to such blissful moments. ask the couple (and family/friends behind them) to smile (",)
- since you are using prime,move forward/backwards to get the composition that you wanted
- post processing; straighten/crop/adjust whatever necessary after the shooting

as for the fee,you might want to check the Photo Biz section as what others have mentioned before. all the best in your future works

hope this helps
 

babetrice

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Thanks people for your adviceeee!!! :)
 

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Would it help if you go to the actual place to have a few shoots to see how it turn out before the actual day itself? So that you get familiar with the lightings and the settings/arrangments of podium, chairs, tables etc.

Maybe it would also help if you can ask your friend for the itenery for that day, and what are the highlights of the ceremony which die-die cannot afford to be missed.
 

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