Susan Stripling on the Eight Pitfalls of Wedding Photography [RF Video of the Week]

By // July 10, 2015 // Posted in Video, Video of the Week, Wedding

Every wedding photographer knows that a key part of the job is knowing how to navigate through a veritable minefield of potential problems before, during and after a shoot. From fussy equipment to fussy humans, Murphy’s Law is often the law of the land—especially if you’re not fully prepared.

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But forewarned is forearmed. Wedding photographer Susan Stripling has been there/done that and in this video, she highlights some of the potential pitfalls you can face and how to work around them.

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  1. Hey Susan, good to see you are still shooting weddings.

    Been there done that on your list, I wish everybody did, but few do, they just “wing it,” no professional standards. I think I drove my assistants nuts when it came to equipment procedure and where things went in the bag. Before anybody went out on a job they had to “learn” the bag. I also had dress and behavior standards, what you wore, didn’t wear, right down to the color of undergarments. That came about after a remark made by a bride, “My what a lovely fuchsia thong!” No, I wasn’t wearing the thong, my assistant was, quite noticeable in contrast to the rest of her required black clothing. Seems like just when you think you have all the bases covered…… LOL! We also had limitations on perfume, make-up, jewelry, etc. You can never tell what might offend someone, so we played it safe on all fronts. I kinda miss the “good old days,” when you had assistants, not the “second shooters” of today. They show up looking like unmade beds, act like rock stars, think they know it all, and are more trouble than they are worth. Of course, these are the same people who after a few weddings under their belt are out there “winging it” on their own.

    Nice to see there are still a few pros in the business.


  2. I agree with the need for professional photographers to be certified. The world if filled with people who are hurting the industry with poor work and price cutting.

  3. Everything you say is very important, here are a few more
    Have a pre conference with the B&G before the wedding going
    over everything on your fore-mentioned questioner.
    We also get very personal with the B&G asking about their
    families, divorces, who would not want to be photographed
    another person and other information about family situations.

    I never photographed a wedding without an assistant to help
    refine posing directed by the shooter. An assistant will speed
    up the photography.

    Do not shoot wildly. Shoot if you were still using film. To many
    images tire the couple and guest.

  4. So true I would rather see 100 good shots then 1000 snapshots. Knowing what to shoot and when is the mark of a true photographer.I also agree that being a master of your equipment and having the right backup is a prerequisite before you even try to shoot a wedding.