Know the basics.
The tasks that come along with being an event photographer aren’t actually all that hard to do or follow through with but you need to at least know the basics in order for you to satisfy everything that is being expected from you while you are at the actual event. First up, you need to focus on how you end up looking like the moment that you show up in the event. You need to make sure that you come out looking sharp and professional as ever. More than that, as an event photographer, you should also make it a point to call the clients or the event organizers ahead of time to find out what kind of dress code they are requiring from the rest of the guests. You should go out of your way to really blend in with the rest of the crowd as much as possible. This will turn out to make you a little less conspicuous while you are covering the event as the official event photographer once the actual event rolls in. Look sharp and look professional during the event. Keep in mind of the fact that you are technically representing your clients and the way that you end up looking means a lot and says a lot about their preferences and standards.
Take time out of your day to capture the pre-event shots.
The event venue will never look the same when there are already people coming in. The clients and the rest of the other event organizers took time to really set it up and to put in all of the details on the décor so as the event photographer, you should go out of your way to capture those details in the shots that you are taking of the event. It’s also a perfect networking gift to give out to the venue owners. More often than not, the venue owners are the first ones to know if there are any upcoming events or weddings before the rest of the other vendors know or hear about it so establishing great connections with them is key to getting first dibs on everything as a professional event photographer. Although you have already booked this particular event, you have to think about the aspect of filling up your pipeline so that you have more events coming your way out of the connections that you were able to make in this event. You have to have some sense of continuity in the way that you conduct business as an event photographer.
Be careful enough not to end up overshooting anything as well.
Go through the motions of really checking how many clicks per scene you are taking. Three shots or so should be more than enough already. Anything more than that and you are already running the risk of boring the audience. Don’t keep them from the event. Take your pictures quickly then move on. This will also save you a lot of time for when you get to the editing part of event photography.