Part 3.  Wedding photography tips: Ceremony

Wedding photography tips: Ceremony

The wedding photography tips during the ceremony.

All the guests should enter the church/venue before the wedding ceremony. Parents and close relatives should take the first row of chairs. They should be as close to you as possible. Rows of chairs behind parents should always be taken as it looks really bad when they are left empty.Enter the church/venue slowly, do not rush and do not watch your step all the time – look forward.

Rows of chairs behind parents should always be taken as it looks really bad when they are left empty.

Enter the church/venue slowly, do not rush and do not watch your step all the time – look forward.

If the flower girls are going first, keep some distance between you and them.

When you are walking down the aisle with your father, stop at the end for a moment and let him kiss you, do not turn your back on him immediately after you reach the groom, it does not look good and is quite disappointing for every father. This moment is also anticipated by every photographer.

Smile, cherish and show your emotions. Weddings are serious, but most importantly they are a happy event.

Do not be afraid of the priest. As through the whole ceremony, you could become stressed and focused on the person leading the ceremony, the pictures will not be interesting because you are the main subject.

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During vows turn your faces towards each other, not to the priest. When you make your vows look in each other eyes. It looks much better, not to mention how good it looks on photos.

You should hold the wedding rings with both hands. Do not hide them in a fist, put it on slowly looking at each other eyes.

If any of you drop the ring (not likely) do not pick it up. Bridesmaid or groomsman should do it.

It is very important to inform the guests that they should not come to an altar with cameras. Their pictures won?t be better than the ones taken by the photographer but their presence can spoil the best pictures. It is really worth emphasising that part and to pass that information to as many wedding guests as possible.

Tell the guests that you would rather have them participating in the ceremony instead of observing it through the viewfinder. Assure them that you will gladly share pictures taken by professionals. Such information can be passed to wedding guests together with a schedule of the day and invitations.

Find out exactly where you will sign the marriage act and tell that to the photographer. Make sure that the pen you are using is nice and elegant.

If the ceremony is in a church, allow the guests to leave the church before you. This will avoid the situation where you will be first outside the church and the guests will be throwing rice at you from behind.

Tell the guests that they should throw the rice up in the air, not in your face. This will make sure that the rice will fall down nicely and you will not have a defensive position and strange face expression.

If you want a group shot taken after the ceremony, please inform your wedding photographer in advance.

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You should hold the wedding rings with both hands. Do not hide them in a fist, put it on slowly looking into each other eyes.

If any of you drop the ring (it happens only on films) do not pick it up. Bridesmaid or groomsmen should do it. Don’t be superstitious, it doesn’t mean that something bad is going to happen.

Other wedding photography tips:

It is very important to inform the guests that they should not come to an altar with cameras. Their pictures won’t be better than the one made by wedding photographer and their presence in the background can spoil the best pictures. It is really worth to treat that part seriously and to pass that information to as many wedding guests as possible. Tell the guests that you would rather have them participating in ceremony instead of observing it through the viewfinder. Assure them that you will gladly share pictures taken by professionals. Such information can be passed to wedding guests together with a schedule of the day and invitations.

Find out exactly where you will sign the marriage act and tell that to a photographer for the wedding.

Make sure that the pen you are using is nice and elegant – it will be present on pictures.

If the ceremony is in church, allow guest to go outside before you. You will avoid the situation when you will be first outside the church and guest will be throwing rise on you back from behind. Much better is to allow them to go ahead and wait with the rice outside. Ask your parents and friends for leaving the church after the ceremony, the rest of the guest will join them.

Tell everybody that they should throw the rice up in the air, not in your face. This is to make sure that the rice will nicely fall down and you will not have a defensive position and strange face expression on photos taken by a photographer for the wedding.

If you want a group shot taken after the ceremony, please inform wedding photographer about that in advance. Photographer will have great difficulties with gathering guests if you’ll not prepare them that in advance.

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