It’s important for an event photographer to know what to do when he is out and about covering his events. If you are new to the scene, there are a few basic guidelines that you should live by that your clients are more or less expecting from you when they hire you. Take note that not all events are the same. There will always be some events that will differ greatly from the others and it will require you as an event photographer to adjust to these differences and chances.
Take things as they come along and don’t worry too much about it.
For as long as you know what the basics are, you should be able to pretty much wing it from there. There will always be some challenges somewhere along the way but what you can be quite rest assured of is the fact that it’s nothing that you can’t handle as a professional event photographer. There will always be quick fixes and temporary solutions for as long as you know how to be in the moment and for as long as you make it a point to really think on your feet and be alert as much as possible.
Come in dressed to kill, or at least try to look good when you have events to cover as an event photographer.
Call the clients ahead of time to find out what the dress code is so that you have a pretty good idea about what is being expected from you at the end of the day. Aim to always blend in with how the rest of the crowd dresses up so that you don’t end up looking ridiculous. An event photographer should always look decent and professional, after all. Unless you’re shooting a beach party or a rave, junk the beach wear and the street wear and opt for more formal clothes.
Take time to take the pre-event shots.
Most of these event organizers went through a lot of hours and painstaking labor just to make sure that the venue comes out looking great. You owe it to them as the event photographer to make sure that they are at least documented in the professional photos that you are taking. Also, a venue looks so much more different when it’s empty compared to when there are already people in it so be an hour early, at least, just so that you have enough time time take the pre-event shots before everything starts.
Be quiet when you are covering an event as an event photographer.
They’re not there to see you or to know about you. They’re there for the event or for the hosts of the event. At the end of the day, you should blend in with the background as much as possible. The effectiveness of an event photographer is at times gauged based on how invisible he can turn out to be when it all comes down to it and that’s a fact. Keep your mouth shut and let your camera do the talking instead.