You’re getting married! There’s so much to do, and so many things to get done. Find a caterer, a florist, get the perfect dress, and then make sure you’ve hired the right photographer to capture all of your hard work!
Well, you’ve definitely taken the right step as far as a photographer goes [oh hey, we travel]! 😉
Every Thursday over the next six weeks, I will be doing a piece for our “Wedding Series: Tips For Brides.” It’s going to highlight tips and tricks for the bride when working with a photographer.
WEEK FIVE: THE CEREMONY
There are two types of ceremonies — inside or outside. I love the outside ceremonies, mainly because there is more room for me to walk around and get different angles. However, I understand when a couple wants to get married inside their home church!
One thing to make sure to ask the reverend is if flash photography is allowed inside the church. There are some that don’t allow it — and in those cases, it can be very hard to get good indoor shots, especially if the church is dark. This is something to consider when booking your location!
Some churches are extremely well-lit, so even with that flash limitation, we can capture some great moments from the ceremony.
Keep in mind, since there’s an altar at many indoor church locations, we will only be able to shoot from 1-2 locations — directly down the aisle, and possibly from the far side of the pews. Catholic churches will not allow anyone but the bride and groom up on the altar, so this is another consideration for you and your photographer. Some shots just may not be possible with the location.
If your dream is to get married at your church, though, then we will absolutely make that happen. We just want you to understand the limitations we as photographers often have with indoor ceremony shots.
Pros: You can get married in your hometown church, and you can have a religious aspect to the ceremony.
Cons: Lighting can be awful, sometimes there are flash photography limits, etc.
This is definitely preferred. Nature gives us so much light — and space — to work with.
We can get side angles of the bride and groom —
We can be right in the action during the sand ceremony —
The list goes on!
Pros: Numerous angles to work with. Mother Nature gives the best lighting! Definitely preferred by us!
Cons: The weather can cause problems with outdoor weddings sometimes. It does take out some of the religious aspect, as in, you aren’t in a church.
Tune in next week for our last in the Tips For Brides series!
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