A great event photographer always comes in before everyone else does.
Come to the event at least an hour or so earlier than everyone starts coming in so that you can assess the place without any distractions whatsoever. There is a pretty good chance that the event is already set up and arranged for during that time so this is the perfect opportunity for you to be able to pay attention to the little details that the event organizers have gone through the effort to actually set up. Although this may not be a part of the list of official shots that you and the client may have initially discussed, they will certainly understand the effort that you put in for coming in early so you can take the pre-event shots. It’s usually the little details that count. Check out how the floral arrangements look on the table, or the design on the name cards, or the lace trimmings on the invitations, and so on and so forth. Always think on your feet and keep a keen eye out for details if you can help it.
Dress decently and try to blend in with the crowd.
If you are attending as the event photographer of a formal event, then you should dress like so. If it’s black tie, then come in with a black tie outfit. If it’s Hawaiian, then you should also go Hawaiian, and so on and so forth. If you want to stick to just one kind of dress code that will surely work with most of the events that you are covering, then business casual is the way to go. Business casual is something that is pretty easy enough to pull together. You don’t have to think too much about it. You don’t have to buy any extra pieces of clothes just for you to be able to show up in a business casual outfit. You most likely already have everything that you could ever need somewhere in your closet which is why business casual is not only a good choice to go with because it’s versatile, it’s also a pretty practical choice for you at the end of the day because you don’t have to spend any additional amount of money on clothes.
A smart event photographer makes sure that he does not overshoot.
Overshooting will cloud up your thoughts and will really get to mess up your decision making process once you are done covering the event so it is something that you should avoid from doing as much as possible. Stick to three clicks per person or per scene and that should be it, no more than that.
Don’t take too much of other people’s time.
People are there to spend time in the event, not to spend time with you as the event photographer and that is something that you will need to remember while you are taking their photos. Keep it short and let them move on with their lives.
Don’t procrastinate when it’s time for you to edit the photos.
Work fast and get the job done as soon as possible. Clients usually get impressed when there is a pretty fast turnaround time for the final finished photos.