Weddings, birthday parties, anniversary dinners, awards banquets, product launches, retirement parties, civic functions, graduation parties and reunions – these are special occasions and milestones. People always want the best photographs to remember them by.

The important thing about event photography is to capture the moments – not only the very special moments, such as the wedding vows and cutting the cake, but also the spontaneous ones that make the memories special.

A friend may volunteer to take photos, but beware. A professional has the experience and equipment to deal with all situations from low lighting and overcast days to capturing movement without blur to the ability to be unobtrusive while documenting these photographic memories. They also have the talent, expertise and professional software to properly edit and color-correct photos for professional printing while keeping them natural.

Key rules for event photography include:

  • Don’t obstruct views unless there is no other choice.
  • Don’t interrupt guests for a photograph.
  • Don’t photograph guests that ask to not be photographed. Respect their wishes.
  • Create a shot list before the event. This ensures that no critical images are missing.
  • Photograph the venue, table settings, and other beautiful details before the guests arrive.
  • Use appropriate lighting for the situation. Avoid using a flash unless it’s necessary.
  • For indoor event photography, use a low-light camera.
  • For outdoor event photography, cameras with fast shutter speeds can capture movement without blur.
  • Avoid taking photos of guests eating.
  • Be aware of “noise” or unattractive elements in the background when snapping a photo.
  • Quiet shutters are appreciated during ceremonies and speaking engagements.
  • Expect the unexpected – bring extra batteries and extra cards.
  • Be diligent about key moments. They only happen once.

Everyone with a phone has a camera readily at hand. Here are a few tips for posing:

  • Tilt a person’s body to the side to help them appear slimmer.
  • Pay attention to people’s arms and hands. If they look stiff, ask them to hold their hands together in a comfortable way, place their arm on something, put their hands in their pockets, or cross their arms.
  • Pay attention for people who are looking down too much, creating that double chin look.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask people to embrace, to look at each other, or to kiss if they are a couple.
  • Try to occasionally think of a funny pose which helps people to relax and smile.

The Place wants to be part of one of the happiest days of your life. Keep these key points in mind as you seek to capture those memories that will last a lifetime.