Get to know the right people
Make it a part of your task as a wedding photographer to always work on getting to know the maid of honor, the best man, as well as the rest of the people who prove to be key players during a wedding party. This is something that can really help you out a lot once the wedding photo shoot is actually under way. Talk to them and get them to be comfortable with having you around. Try to see if you will be able to get to know them and maybe meet up with them for a bit before the wedding day. They will serve as your support group during those times wherein you would like to approach the bride and the groom regarding a certain concern but can’t because they are too busy with the events of the day. The wedding is all about the couple, after all. This is an eventuality that you will really need to make sure you are able to prepare for one way or the other.
Make it a point to ask for their contact info and try to see if you will be able to establish a good working relationship with them up to a point wherein you will be able to address them by their first names or so. Ask the bride if she can set up the meeting or at least introduce you to these key players during the wedding so that you will be able to bridge the initial shyness and awkwardness when it all comes down to it.
Be sensitive to things such as the facial expressions that the subjects in the photos are wearing.
This is something that can really make quite a difference once the final touched up images come out. Make it a point to really give them space and to distance yourself every now and then the moment that you see them start to get a little bored and a little uncomfortable. You need to give them some space because when it all comes down to it, not all people are comfortable with being photographed all of the time.
Unless it is something that they do for a living, such as being professional models and the like, it is something that does not happen to them on a daily basis. That is why you should try to move to the back of the room every now and then and try to see if it would be possible for you to shift to a longer lens instead just so that you will still get to take the kind of photos or the kind of shots that you need to take as the official Orange County wedding photographer of a certain wedding. One of the best lenses that you will ever be able to invest in is in a telephoto lens. It is a really useful lens that can take great portrait shots as well as great close up shots that can more or less be taken from a distance.