Wedding Photography Prep

Wedding Photography Prep

As a professional wedding photographer, you have to be prepared for anything that can go wrong at a wedding. The three things that I stress for new photographers shooting their first wedding are below and with an explanation and options. 

1. Have a backup camera

I’ve heard nightmare stories from other photographers who had to deal with some very unhappy clients because their camera failed on them during a very important part of a wedding celebration. Don’t be “that” photographer who was not prepared. You might be saying, “I can’t afford another camera…” it’s totally okay not own another camera body, there are options to rent! 

If you’re a photographer in the Minneapolis or Saint Paul area you can rent from National Camera or West Photo. There are online rental sites which I’ll do another post about but for local rental needs, these two places are very reputable and usually have bodies and lenses available to rent.

Pro tip: Try to rent the equipment before the weekend so that you can have it for another “half day.”


This should  be a standard piece of equipment in your gear bag. A lot of wedding venues have beautiful rooms but they’re poorly lit. If you don’t have a fast lens like a Canon 50mm 1.8 or 1.2 you might struggle to get your couple properly lit without camera shake or a lot of noise.  A flash bouncing off the wall can help the situation.

Camera flashes can be a little intimidating  but once you have it mastered you’re going to be golden in any low light situation.


3: Batteries, Battery Charger, and Extra Memory Cards

This may seem like a no brainer, but if you’re shooting back to back events and forget to charge your batteries, you’ll find yourself sweating! Bring additional batteries and a charger just to have a safety net. This goes for memory cards as well. You don’t want to have to delete photos to make room for more. 

There’s more to this list but this is my top three. What are your thoughts? Do you have a checklist? Share with me in the comments to help out other photographers as well.

If you’re looking for a photographer in the Minneapolis or Saint Paul area to be a second or a primary shooter please send me an email.


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