How do you photograph the Wedding Ceremony?
I always aim to arrive at your wedding 45 minutes before the wedding ceremony starts so I can photograph some venue details and also guests arriving alongside the groom and groomsmen. I call this time the 'Nervous Groom' moment as it's usually the time married men generally give the groom some last minute advice as assurance that everything's going to be okay. If I've not photographed the groom preparations, then it's a good idea for the groom and the groomsmen to refrain from attaching any buttonholes or final details such as watches until I arrive so I can photograph these events acting as a mini-preparation for the groom.
Technically, all you both have to do is arrive; it's quite simple.
I document your wedding quietly like a fly on the wall, trying not to attract any attention to myself so I can photograph you easily while guests are watching your wedding undisturbed. I often find myself moving locations between readings, applause's or hymns, so you have a variety of photographs from different angles, this is directed towards church or weddings held inside because if you're getting married outside, then natural sounds will drown-out any footsteps or camera sounds.
If you're getting married inside a church, then co-operation is required between myself and the wedding ceremony official to get the best possible results. Under contract I am limited by the photography guidelines of the ceremony official, these rules can vary in different parishes with rules stretching from 'no photography' to 'free rein'. Sadly some couples have missed out on some fantastic photo opportunities because of restrictions held in the church, so I would advise for you to notify the ceremony official that you have a professional photographer present. Mention you would like no restriction placed on the photographer in regards to where I will stand or how many photographs I take and that I'm very respectful to the church and the religion the church teaches.
If you are getting married outdoors, you'll most likely be standing in direct sunlight, if there's no shaded area then try to avoid the hours when the suns directly above. Beautiful as it looks with the naked eye, it sadly leaves harsh shadows under eyes and nose which is unflattering.
Remember to please walk down the aisle slowly while leaving a big gap between the bride and bridesmaids as during most weddings the bridesmaids walk down the aisle first followed by the bride and father of the bride but unknowingly to everyone else, the photographer is unable to see the bride as the bridesmaids are obstructing the view.