8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception

A wedding event is composed of the preparations on the wedding day, the ceremony itself and the reception afterward. It is now time for the bride and groom to share their new marital status with all the invited guests. Everyone around you may be in a celebratory mood, but keep in mind you still have a job to do to capture and record the happenings during the wedding reception. Although this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you’re working. 

Here are some great tips on getting great and memorable shots at a wedding reception.

weddingcutcake 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception1. Familiarize yourself with the wedding reception location before the actual event. This will get you acquainted with possible lighting issues you may encounter so you can bring the necessary lighting equipment you may need.  This will also give you an opportunity to pinpoint certain spots to position the bride and groom for posed shots. You can get your creative juices going for angles and also where to position yourself when photographing the bride and groom.

2. Get all the common ‘must have’ shots. One is the bride and groom’s first dance. Use the burst mode of your camera to capture a sequence of shots that shows the energy and emotion of the newlyweds as they dance. To add to the list is the father dancing with the bride as well as the mother dancing with the groom. Another ‘must have’ shot is the cutting and eating of the cake by the bride and groom. 

weddingchoco 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception3. In covering the reception, include all major players in the wedding such as the entourage, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids and the best man. Refer to your shot list of the special people that you must have photos of. 

4. Be prepared for unexpected problems that may arise. Pack an extra camera body, make sure your batteries are fully charged, that you have enough memory cards, lenses and lighting equipment. Also consider the changes in weather conditions and bring back-up gear for that as well.

5. Be aggressive and confident but not intrusive. It is common to have a photographer covering all the intimate scenes at a wedding and it is surprising that most of the time, they are considered part of the scene. Remember that you were hired for the purpose of recording this special occasion and don’t be shy to gain prime positions or squeeze yourself in between guests and even family members to capture rare shots.

wedding cake 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception6. Do not delete shots that you think didn’t come out good enough. With the advent of digital photography, you can recover images that appear over or underexposed. Post processing nowadays can make bland shots amazing so don’t rely on the camera preview to decide whether to keep an image or not.

7. Take advantage of the reception décor. The reception area will be full of decorations such as flowers, candles and balloons. Use these as props or as part of background interest to spice up your shots. 

8. Include close up shots of the food and the table setting before the guests start to eat, the wedding cake, the souvenirs and gifts. The bride and groom might be too busy to notice all the little details at the time and will want to see more of them later on.


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8 More Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing Wedding Ceremonies

 

There are so many things to consider when photographing wedding events, especially the ceremony itself. We gave you 10 essential tips in a previous article and here are 8 more to help you prepare for the big event: 

weddingaisle 8 More Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing Wedding Ceremonies1. The presence of ambient light will provide extra illumination to your images and they can also certainly add to the mood to the image.  Candles or sunlight streaming from the church windows can boost visual appeal. 

2. Keep a shot list of the peoplthat you have to shoot during the ceremony aside from the bride and groom such as the parents, close friends, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. This will keep you focused especially when there is a large number of people who have attended. Familiarize yourself with their faces so they can be easy to spot in the crowd.  

3. Make sure that you are ready outside the church when the bride arrives since it is an important moment that you cannot miss. Take shots of her getting out of the car with her father, and some poses of her and the bridal entourage by the church doorway. Try to be quick, though, usually two to three minutes is sufficient. 

weddingchurch 8 More Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing Wedding Ceremonies4. Photograph the bride as she walks up the aisle with her father. Also remember to take pictures of the guests’ reaction and the groom’s expression as he looks at his bride. Your job is not simply to record the sequence of events but also to capture the strong emotions and vibrant atmosphere permeating the room. 

5. Also keep a shot list of the essential key moments in the ceremony such as when the bride and groom meet at the altar, when they light the wedding candles, the exchange of vows, the exchange of wedding rings and the kiss after the priest pronounces them as man and wife. 

6. Be discreet. A wedding ceremony is a solemn occasion and no one would like it if you were walking back and forth in front of everyone just to get shots of the bride and groom. Find a position where you have a good view of the couple and the guests without them noticing you too much. For example, during the exchange of wedding rings, zoom in on the rings and the hands from a spot by the aisle. Do not go up to them by the altar just so you can get a good close up shot. 

weddingout 8 More Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing Wedding Ceremonies7. During the signing of the register, take shots of the priest with the newlyweds, as well as the entourage. The bride and groom might be the center of attention in the ceremony but remember to take as much shots of everyone else, especially the special people that the bride and groom would want to have lots of photos of as well. 

8. As the bride and groom walk down the aisle and outside of the church, this is a moment full of photo opportunities. Make sure you have shots of the couple’s faces in close up, full body shots of them walking out the church door, and the expressions of the guests as they throw rice and congratulate the couple. Remember to adjust camera settings for outdoor exposures.

 

 


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10 Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing the Wedding Ceremony

 

 

The ceremony is considered the most important part of the whole wedding event. A lot of preparation would have been done into making the ceremony perfect, and every detail carefully arranged by several people, from the wedding planner to the mother of the bride. As the photographer, it is your responsibility to be as prepared and meticulous when recording the ceremony. Here are several suggestions to guide you when shooting the wedding ceremony:

 weddingnew5 10 Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing the Wedding Ceremony1. If the wedding is big, with hundreds of guests and a wide church area, it would be an advantage to have an assistant. Someone who can help carry all your gear and help you guide people in group shots means you will have more time to focus on the actual picture taking.

2. Having an extra photographer would also be a plus. You will have more shots to choose from and give to the newlyweds. Another boon is that you both can cover two strategic areas in the church area rather than just one. 

3. Try different angles and perspectives when shooting from the aisle to give greater visual impact. Being in a room filled with people allows you to take several shots that include a lot of guests in one shot. Since they will be seated for most of the time, you have more opportunities to set up your composition.

 4. Lights from a flash can be distracting so ask the priest’s permission beforehand if you can use a flash. Never fire the flash repeatedly at the bride and groom’s faces. This is one sure way to irk them and not want to refer you in the future.

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5. Whenever you are not using a tripod, use camera settings that will not capture camera shake. Keep your shutter speed to at least 1/60 because any slower than that will increase the effects of camera shake.

6. Take note of the aperture size since this has a direct impact on depth of field. If you want to take a shot of only the bride and groom without including the guests behind them, you can use a shallower depth of field to blur out the background. Alternatively, you can set it to keep as much of the scene in focus. 

7. Use a long lens such as a 70-200 zoom to keep track of the movements of the key people in the wedding. This way you won’t be interfering with the actual ceremony and be as discreet as possible. weddinghold 10 Essential Tips to Follow When Photographing the Wedding Ceremony

8. If you will be using fill flash indoors, also use a flash diffuser to soften the intensity of the light. 

9. Use memory cards with lots of memory space so you won’t need to change it during the ceremony. 4GIG or 8GIG memory cards will do, especially if you are shooting in RAW since that would create huge image files. 

10. Check out the church before the ceremony so you have a good idea of its layout, where you can set up your tripod, which areas would make great backgrounds, and what the lighting is like so you know what kind of extra light sources you will need to use.


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Preparing a Photo Shoot Before the Wedding Ceremony

A wedding may just be the most important day in a bride’s life and nothing should go wrong for either you or the bride and groom. Always come prepared when you’re hired for an event. Create a set schedule based on the wedding time frame. Make sure you know beforehand the specific time, location and most especially the key places where you can position the bride and groom as well as family members and the wedding entourage for portrait shots.

weddingnew Preparing a Photo Shoot Before the Wedding CeremonyHave the right equipment that will allow you to cover the whole wedding without encountering any problems. Make sure you have back-up gear that will cover any emergency you may come across. The usual wedding photographer’s equipment include around three camera bodies and all kinds of lenses from prime lenses to telephoto lenses to specialty lenses such as a macro or a fisheye lens. It also includes off-camera flash units, portable reflectors and diffusers, extra battery packs and memory cards. 

weddingnew2 Preparing a Photo Shoot Before the Wedding CeremonyOn the actual wedding day, the bride and groom, as well as family and friends tend to have many things on their mind and fail to appreciate the little things such as ‘getting ready’ for the event,. It would be nice to capture these moments for a nice keepsake. The ‘getting ready’ part mostly involves candid shots beginning with make-up and styling of the hair for the bride. It would be ideal to mix colored as well as black and white photos for variations in effects and impact. As much as you are engrossed taking shots of everyone, they are also busy and probably highly excited as they help each other prepare. Try not to distract them or get in the way of their own preparations. 

The wedding dress plays an important part in the getting ready portion of the event. It has been painstakingly chosen especially for this day and is often pricey. It can even be considered an heirloom in the future for those who would want to pass on the dress to their daughter. Make sure that emphasis is placed on the dress. You can shoot the bride wearing the dress or just the dress as a solo subject against a background that frames it well.

weddingdetails Preparing a Photo Shoot Before the Wedding CeremonyAlways remember that the bride and groom hired you to record this momentous occasion in their lives and through this, they will be seeing their wedding through your eyes. It is crucial that you don’t make them miss out on anything and this includes the complete scene of the day. Every little detail counts, from how the table was set, how the food was served, the placing of the bouquet up to the setting of the sun.

On such a busy day, many of the couples never get the chance to actually enjoy the little details of the reception venue while it’s set-up before it starts to fill with guests. Try to take shots of the venue at its best before guests start to arrive. Make sure you include close-up detailed shots of table settings and flower arrangements and such. 


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