Have a close relationship with the bride.
A wedding photographer should go out of his way to establish a close relationship with the bride as much as possible. The bride should be your closest friend during the wedding shoot. Most of the brides out there are really hands on with the way that their weddings are set up so you might need the bride’s input on certain things related to what you do as a professional wedding photographer. More than that, there will be a lot of instances wherein you might have some creative ideas and suggestions that you are pretty sold on as a wedding photographer but that the bride may not be too crazy about. This is a gap that you will need to bridge. You can either take the time to explain it to the bride and convince her or oblige to what she has in mind.
At the end of the day, this is her wedding. It means that things should be taken from her perspective and not from yours. Although you may have some creative liberties every once in a while, you need to make sure that you get to really go out of your way to make sure that you do not overstep your boundaries as a wedding photographer. Always get the bride’s go signal in everything that you do just to make sure that you don’t end up clashing with her.
Bring a tripod with you to work.
It’s every wedding photographer’s essential need. The moment that you are able to complete your basic photography gear from your cameras to your lenses to your memory cards and batteries, make sure that you get to work on getting a high quality tripod right after that. A tripod can really help you deal with a tricky lighting situation and help you properly manage the repercussions of using long lenses. It will provide you and your camera with the kind of stability required for producing high quality photos every single time. More than that, bringing a tripod along with you in your wedding shoots will ensure that your hands are not really that occupied all of the time. You will have the freedom to move around a bit and assess your composition before you dive in and take your shots as a wedding photographer. Your professional grade equipment may not be that heavy but it is heavy enough to cause a strain on your arm muscles over prolonged periods of time. A tripod will allow you to rest a bit without every skipping a beat during the shoot.
Try to go out of your way to be stealthy.
A wedding photographer should not be all that visible or noticeable at all. If you can weave in and out of crowds without being noticed too much, go for it. Minimize the use of flash because it can attract attention to yourself. Try not to talk too much either. You should be a passive spectator to the event unfurling before your eyes instead of being an active participant.