You need to scope out the venue of the wedding photography shoot before the wedding day itself.
This is a common practice in wedding photography and should definitely be something that you should observe if you can help it. Take the time to really check out the venue so that you can more or less familiarize yourself with the place. You need to know the venue pretty much like the back of your hand. You will be better able to position yourself in all of the right angles and places if you do so. Another smart approach to this would be for you to visit the venue at the same time of the day that the wedding is happening. This will give you a better grasp on how things will turn out for as far as the lighting situation is. You will know where to position people and you will be able to more or less envision the event before it even happens. Do some practice shots so that you can observe how the photos turn out. Practice always makes perfect, after all. Bring the couple along with you so that you can get a dry run of how they will get to pose during the actual wedding day.
Don’t make the mistake of not having the bridals shoot as all.
The bridals shoot is probably the next most important shoot after the actual wedding day shoot so make sure that you give this enough time and the kind of attention that it deserves. Squeezing in the bridals shoot on the same day as with the wedding day is not something that you should be doing if you want to make sure that you are able to get things right in the first place. Over time, as you get better at things, you will be able to get both done all in the same day but only because you have the advantage of experience and expertise on your side. However, until you are able to get both of those (which you won’t have at last in your first few years in wedding photography) on your side, then you should stick to getting the bridals done on a completely different day altogether.
Keep an open mind when dealing with religious differences at work.
The moment that you let your religious views interfere with your career as a wedding photographer, you start losing out on clients and possible booking opportunities so keep things separated as much as possible. Keep your personal views to yourself and stay as professional as you possibly can all throughout the event. Keep things professional and this shouldn’t be that much of a problem for you. People have rights to their own religious views and the sooner you are able to digest that, the better it will be for you and for your career.
Bring an emergency wedding kit for the wedding photography shoot.
You just need a few pins, a roll or so of sticky tape, a bottle of stain remover, and maybe a hanger for the wedding dress.