These are the types of questions I am often asked by potential clients, and by wedding clients as their date comes close. These are great questions, as I understand the need to document the wedding ceremony as well as preserve the respect and dignity that this part of the day deserves.
Many people think that documenting a ceremony means just standing at the end of the aisle and taking one picture after another from the same spot.
The only time that is true for myself and the way my team covers a wedding is when we're in a church or synagogue that prohibits us from moving around, instructing that we stay in only one spot. To be clear, if there are rules at your place of worship, I will always obey them. I respect that the rules exist for a reason, and want to make sure that everyone involves knows how much I respect the ceremony proceedings.
During the ceremony I focus on capturing the important moments : exchanges of vows, exchanging rings, the kiss, any readings or blessings, and so forth. The highlights, the major landmark moments.
But what I aim to capture is way more than that, way beyond. It's the sweetly fleeting smile as you turn to look at your college roommate in the fourth row. It's the second your parents' hands clasp each other during an emotional moment. It's the clap your best man gives you on your shoulder the second you see your beloved coming down the aisle towards you. It's all the moments, big and little. I aim to capture them all for you, the moments you see and the moments that happen unaware.
I have had lots of clients ask where I stand during the ceremony. Sometimes out of curiosity, but mostly because they've been to a wedding where a photographer did something...well...disrespectful. They stood on the altar behind the priest. They stood in front of the mother of the bride. They stood in front of the entire congregation while the grooms kissed, blocking the view of everyone there to celebrate their love.
Where I stand has to do with several variables.
THIS is the real question that I love answering. How do I capture all of the things I mentioned above, while obeying rules and being the quiet little ceremony ninja that I am?
One of the things that allows me to capture intimate moments while staying back is my use of long lenses. You might have heard of them as "telephoto" lenses, but to make a long technical story very short, it's a lens that lets me zoom in on the action from a distance. I love the look of a long angle lens in the first place, but it has the added bonus of being a great way to hang back from the action of a wedding ceremony and still create "up close" images.
The other thing I bring to my capture of a wedding ceremony is years of experience. I know how to be quiet, how to move stealthily, how to anticipate a moment and reposition myself subtly to capture it when it evolves. There are many things that almost two decades of photographing weddings has taught me, and how to handle a ceremony is a lifetime lesson that is invaluable.
If you have any questions about your ceremony, and how I would capture it as your wedding photographer, please don't hesitate to reach out!
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