Pictures are the best way to keep the magic of your wedding day alive right?
And you pay good money for a professional to grab those special shots so you want to make it as easy as possible for them, yeah?
And you want your celebrant and your photographer to be your ultimate dream team, true?
Then read on for my top 3 hacks your celebrant (aka hopefully me) can do to help make great ceremony photos.
Hack 1: Get out from behind the two of you.
Yes there are a few times in a ceremony when it is important that I am up close and intimate with you guys (think guiding you through vows), however for the rest of the ceremony there is no reason for me to be smack bang in between you two and more importantly in all of your photos!!!
Now I get to cheat a little here being a shortie – I can often stand in front of your best man and he can normally see over my head. But even if you are normal height there is plenty of places your celebrant can stand where they can see you and vice versa, their guests can see them but they are out of the photos (see example A below)
Sneaky extra tip: I ask anyone do a reading to stand where I would and then I often go and join your bridesmaids or groomsmen – gives your reader plenty of room but I’m not looking out of place.
Hack 2: Co-ordinate the ring exchange
When I get to the all important ring exchange in a ceremony, I ask you to take the ring, slide it on the ring finger…. stopping at the second knuckle….. while you repeat the desired words before sliding it all the way on. Now this is primarily for practical reasons (read less likely that you will drop it) but it does also mean your photographer has longer to grab that shot.
Sneaky extra tip…. Guys try and drop your left hand a little as again this makes a better shot (in my expert opinion :))
Hack 3: Create space during the signing
There often isn’t a lot of space around the signing table especially if you are inside a chapel – and there can often be lots of happening – lots of documents to sign, witnesses to organise, flowers to arrange and of course your photographer trying to grab shots. So I like to ask your guests to either hold on their photos until your photographer gives me the all clear or ask people to people aware of the photographer and where possible keep out of their way. Makes your photographer’s lives a lot easier, more importantly, YOU get BETTER photos.
Sneaky extra tip…. I get the bride to stay seated while the witnesses sign – less up and down for her in a not so flexible dress but still get those gorgeous shots of the couple together with a fully signed marriage certificate.
This is by no means a comprehensive list and I’m sure there will be plenty of differing views – I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave me a line below.
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