Learning how to think on your feet when something doesn’t go to plan is part and parcel of being a wedding photographer. Time will be scarce on the wedding day, even if it’s efficiently run, so you’ll be expected to take charge and provide solutions to any problems that arise.

Assuming that the weather conditions are good, there’s also the venue to contend with; and if the venue isn’t all that pleasing on the eye, it’ll be your role to try and make it at least appear so in the photos. One way of doing this is by turning your attention to the bride and groom, who no doubt will be immaculately turned out. Switch over to a longer focal length lens and try capturing some close-ups of the couple having a tight embrace – this will mean that the shots become all about the couple, and less about the surroundings.

If you’re using a prime lens or you have a fast zoom lens with a wide maximum aperture, take advantage of this by opening the lens out to the lowest f-stop so that you can transform the background into a pleasing blur, removing any potentially displeasing elements from the shot.

– this will mean that the shots become all about the couple, and less about the surroundings.