If you’re reading this, chances are you’re getting ready to photograph a wedding ceremony and you’re wondering where to stand to get the best shots without getting in the way. Well, first off, know you’re not alone. Everyone has shot their first few weddings before, and wondered where to stand and what shots to get.
Second, we’re going to walk you through how to navigate photographing your wedding ceremony and what shots you should be capturing. Let’s take a scroll!
Before the wedding day, have a chat with the couple and the wedding planner to discuss the ceremony proceedings. Some great questions to ask are:
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This will give you a chance to scout the location and find the best positions to capture the moments. Look for spots where you can get a clear view of the ceremony, without obstructing the view of the guests. If possible, try to position yourself where you can get a good view of the couple’s faces during the ceremony. This is also a great time to location scout and think about what poses / shots you want to get during couples photos!
If the ceremony is taking place outdoors, try to position yourself where the light is hitting the couple’s faces evenly. If the ceremony is taking place indoors, look for spots where the lighting is good, such as near a window or under a spotlight.
You might need to incorporate some artificial lighting or harsh light techniques – but ultimately, the ceremony is when you’ll have the least control over light!
Avoid walking around or making too much noise, as this can be distracting to the couple and the guests. If you need to move to get a better shot, do so quietly and quickly. You can shop some of our favorite gear here!
Here is my typical workflow of what to photograph and where to stand during the wedding ceremony..
Try different angles and perspectives to capture unique and interesting images. Just remember to always be respectful of the couple and their wishes, and their friends and family who are there to be present in the moment.
When it comes to where to stand as a photographer during the wedding ceremony is going to depend on a variety of factors- such as the ceremony proceedings, lighting, and the couple’s preferences. Every wedding is different, so have your standard workflow but always be willing to adjust as needed! At the end of the day, we’re there to make sure our couples have a great wedding, not just great photos.
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