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12-05-11, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: North Herts
is it a church or registry type wedding?
I did some weddings last year & they were with a registrar. I found them to be helpful & they let me stand wherever I wanted, I spent the service standing next to the registrar's table which meant I could take shots all the way through the service of the coupe & guests, including wide shots & close in portraits (if you have 2 cameras it's better than changing lenses). make sure you introduce yourself to the registrar (or vicar) before the service as they are your friend & you need to keep on their side. The only rule they had for me was that you can't include the register in the shot when they sign it - they usually have a dummy register if you want the pen-in-hand shots.
I made sure I did a pre-wedding shoot with the couple well before the event, this meant we could get used to each other, they didn't feel so awkward being in front of a camera for the first time during their wedding, & we could practise some of the shots we were going to take, on each occasion I also met the couples at the venue before the big day so we could scout out the location & the best places for the shots & I knew where & what direction the sun would be.
After the ceremony I could take the couples off straight to the place we both knew we wanted to be.
on the pre wedding shoot I had them practising their posing, the bride utlised a teddy bear instead of a bouquet & I was able to change their natural pose from something awkward into something more elegant before the big day, so when it came to the actual shots I could just say 'assume your pose' and they knew what I meant.
Try to get the couple on their own for some shots, otherwise all the guests will wander over & start taking shots which means the couple don't concentrate on you. I utilised the ushers to announce that the coupe were going off & everyone should wait until called, I then had the ushers send over family & friends etc depending on the pre-arranged list of shots the couple wanted, then everyone had their free-for all.
Take candids of family & guests, children shots go down really well.
Don't forget the preparation stuff, bridge & bridesmaids getting ready, made up, groom & best man doing up their ties & jackets & having a drink at the bar to calm the nerves, table decorations & name plates on the tables etc
it's bloody hard work but quite rewarding
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