Now that June is here, chances are that you will
be attending a wedding or two sometime soon. And,
chances are, you'll be bringing your camera to the
wedding along with a gift or two for the happy couple.
Here are some tips from the pros at the New York
Institute of Photography, the world's largest photography
school, to help you take great pictures of this memorable
"While most couples hire a professional photographer
to photograph the ceremony and reception, there's
still plenty of room for you to also capture your
perspective of this joyous occasion on film," says
Chuck DeLaney, Dean of NYI, America's largest photo
school. "There are lots of moments that happen
among the guests that will never be captured by the
professional wedding photographer," explained
DeLaney. "Stay out of the pro's way. He or she
has a big job to do. And, never shoot over the pro's
shoulder. That won't be appreciated and could interfere
with the job."
Instead, DeLaney suggests concentrating on recording
the fun that you and your family and friends have
at the wedding. Not only will you have a record of
the wedding for your own pleasure, but imagine the
joy of the happy couple to receive prints of events
that the professional photographer did not see or
wasn't asked to cover.
For instance, many wedding photographers no longer
shoot those "table shots" of the guests
because these photos don't usually get purchased
by the bride and groom. This is the perfect opportunity
for you. But shoot these like a pro: Have some of
the people at your table stand up and move behind
those still seated and take a group shot. Avoid showing
the entire table complete with half-eaten food, instead
concentrate on the faces of the guests.
Another photo opportunity exists at your table.
Many bridal receptions now include disposable "single
use" cameras at every table. You may need to
get the show rolling and coax your table mates to
start taking pictures. Remember, the bride and groom
can't be at every table to take part in the festivities
so candid photos from these cameras can show the
guests having fun in a way that professional photographers
aren't likely to capture.
A couple of hints on wedding photography etiquette.
If you want to take photos at a church, synagogue,
mosque or chapel, take your cues from the professional
photographer hired by the bridal couple. If you see
that he or she is not taking photos at the ceremony,
chances are it is because the clergy told the photographer
not to do so. Respect the tradition and don't take
pictures. The same thing holds true for flash photography.
Some places of worship will allow it at the ceremony,
others will not. If you see that the pro is shooting,
then take an aisle seat. It's the best place to get
nice close shots of the couple that fill the frame
as they leave the church.
One other suggestion on wedding photography is to
be respectful of the professional photographer. Don't
get in that individual's way. You don't want to ruin
the photos that the bride and groom are paying the
pro to take, and the pro can do a better job of capturing
many parts of the event than you can. As we've indicated,
there are plenty of different kinds of shots for
Check out Seven Tips for Great Wedding Photos on
this month's New York Institute of Photography website
at www.nyip.com for more hints on shooting
at weddings and some great photos.
Reprinted with permission from the New York
Institute of Photography website at www.nyip.com
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