The Ceremony is the most important part of your day! It is filled with beautiful candid moments and captured in a purely photojournalist style. Ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes, from the big formal church weddings… to the small backyard shindigs. There are a few universal tips I can give you regarding your ceremony photography.
Please talk to your officiant and inquire about what rules and regulations they have in place for photographers, this information is very important for me to as it may alter the way I normally do things.
Make sure your wedding party enters and exits with room between each couple and smiles on their faces, I know the girls are worried about falling in those high heels and it shows in the photos, so make sure you let them know to smile and have fun!
When putting on the rings, make sure that the ring is visible to the photographer, cupping your hand around the entire ring will block it from view… Instead use only two fingers to slide the ring on.
Consider having an electronic free wedding, this means asking your guests not to use their cameras or phones during the ceremony. I know everyone wants photos of the bride and groom, but some guests get a little carried away and I have had to ask them to get out of the isle so I can get the shots required.
Remember to have fun, smile, cry, laugh and look lovingly into your partners eyes.
The formal photos needs to be the most organized part of the day, we don’t want to keep you from having fun at your reception! A well thought out shot list is imperative, and allows for the quickest possible time to get the family photos done. the shot list should be organized by families an example is below…
Bride, Groom, Mom (susan), Dad (Bobby), Sister (Suzy), Brother (Max)
Groom, Mom (susan), Dad (Bobby), Sister (Suzy), Brother (Max)
Bride, Groom, Mom (susan), Dad (Bobby)
Bride, Groom, Sister (Suzy), Brother (Max)
Groom, Sister (Suzy), Brother (Max)
Groom, Sister (Suzy)
Groom, Brother (Max)
Groom, Dad (Bobby)
Groom, Mom (Suzy)
It is also important that the family members know where and when to be for the photos, make sure you speak with them or send them a copy of the shot list in advance.
Pick a photo location that is easily accessible to family members, I recommend doing them somewhere nearby or on the ceremony site, that way family members don’t have to travel to another location.
Approximate time required 1 hour, it can be more or less depending on the size of your family.