Have you ever just fallen in love with a venue? I think I fall in love with each new venue that I photograph because of the architecture and story behind the place. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the details and miss something that would have meant something special to your client. Because of this, I have created a list of 5 things that you don't want to forget to photograph at the wedding venue!
I love flowers! I think they add so much character to a blog post and make the wedding romantic and elegant. That's probably why you are bound to find blooms in some part of the wedding gallery. The landscaping is something that is different about each venue. Your client, the editor (get that wedding published, friend!), and the owner of the venue are going to love the landscape photographs!
The small details
Consider the doors like I did in the shot below or the height of the building. What would the owner be proud to show? This might mean that you move the coolers that someone left on the porch or shut the doors for a better shot.
The couple in front of the venue
If you want to stand out to the owner of the venue, get a great shot of the couple in front of their venue! This is absolutely worthy of their front page and will most likely be used in print marketing materials as well. Consider what the venue's target audience is and try to appeal to those people if you want to set yourself apart from other photographers!
The big shot
The big shot of the venue is a must. This shot is going to change your entire wedding gallery! The bride chose this venue on purpose and probably doesn't even know she wants a beautiful photo of her venue. These kinds of photos look great in a diptych for your blog post or as a print on the wall!
You know those details that are so eye-catching that they are almost always the first thing you notice? Photograph them. That includes the century old tree and the water fountain. If you see significant details, shoot them!!
There is a lot to remember on the wedding day. That's why it's important to put others first! I'm convinced that by seeing things from other people's perspectives, you can give them a gallery that they didn't know they even wanted! Go rock your wedding this weekend. And enjoy those fireworks!