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What does it take to get ready for your first high school senior portrait session? How about preparing to shoot your first wedding?

We’ll find out in this week’s Q&A which is all about getting ready for big, important photo shoots! We’ll talk about what lenses to use for portrait sessions and for weddings, why you shouldn’t run out and buy a flash to use on that first bit photo shoot (though you should buy and learn to use flash) and the most important step, preparing your shot list.

Here are the questions answered in this week’s Q&A:

Hey guys I’m doing my first senior portraits in a few weeks. shooting outside mostly. any tips going in this thing. i have lens for 50mm prime f 1.7, 18 to 55mm, 28 to 80mm and 70 to 210mm. i do not have a flash other than the one on the dslr. if this is something you think I need, let me know. my camera is a sony a57. – Keturah Ariel

My niece has asked me to take some wedding pictures (my first time). Any guidelines?? – Ronald Flou

I used to be scared of my flash, and I understand how intimidating flash photography can be, but a flash is just a tool. Once you understand how that tool works you’ll be using your flash to create photos that used to seem impossible.

If you want to master your flash and take those amazing photos, check out my Understanding Flash Photography Video Course.