(Closed) No Flash Photographer Allowed During Ceremony?!?!?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

see if maybe your photog can bring lights that he can set up and hide so that you will be lit but it won’t be flashing? Otherwise he is just going to get what he can in the dark and do reenactment photos after the wedding, sorry to say. 

My only piece of advice is to NOT suggest he try to bend the rules. At my cousin’s wedding 2 years ago the minister first said that there would be NO photography allowed during the ceremony. My cousin was obviously not cool with that and tried to negotiate, and they finally agreed that he could take photos ONLY if he took them from the 5th pew or further back and not in the aisle. Okay… so as the bridesmaids are coming down the aisle he kneels out into the aisle to get a good shot (ignoring the priest’s rule) and the priest actually walked up the aisle and got into a fight with him DURING THE PROCESSIONAL. Everyone was looking around like omg what do i do??? The priest kicked the photog out and he was only allowed to be in the balcony then, so he got  no shots of the ceremony except ariel. I felt so bad for my cousin! 

Post # 4
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours is no flash during the ceremony, but we can use it during the processional and recessional.. just while the minister is talking…

Post # 6
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

This is actually pretty common.  Talk to your photographer – I’m sure they know what to do.

Churches restrict things like flash photography, because they don’t want it distracting from the religious ceremony. 

Post # 8
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Yeah, unfortunately this is pretty common.  At my dad’s wedding a couple of years ago, there were no photos allowed during the ceremony AT ALL.  If they’re letting you take pictures during the ceremony, that’s great!  Ask if your photog can set up some lights in the sanctuary, but they may not allow that either.  If not, you may just have to settle for dark photos.  I’m sorry!

Post # 9
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is your friend a member of any wedding photographer online communities? She should research the issue with other photographers.

Post # 10
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

This is incredibly common. Your friend should rent a fast (low-light) lens, and the pictures will be a little grainy & most likely black & white, but they’ll look great that way; think of a classic film-look. Flickr’s wedding photography forum discusses this issue often.

Post # 11
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yes; this is very common. Most photographers should know what to do. Ususally the priest will announce this once they begin.

Post # 12
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, I was going to say this is REALLY common and a pro will be able to handle it with their equipment.

For instance (sorry for the bathroom shot, but this is from house hunting.)

In this photo, I didn’t change my exposure.

Master Bath

Oops. I was exposed for the bright bedroom


Yikes, that won’t help. BUT, obviously, not a lot of light in there!

a few modifications to properly expose… same dark bathroom

Master Bath

ta-da! Lots of light! 

Is a pro in your budget? If it’s not, consider paying for a GOOD lens rental for her. She’ll need at LEAST at 70-200mm f/2.8 and another wide angle that is fixed at f/2.8 or fixed at f/1.4 or f/1.8

You’ll want to rent it for at least a week because she’ll need to learn how to use it… and hopefully, she already knows how to manually expose and how ISO and other factors influence an image. If you stick with her, I would also not expect much. Hopefully that way she’ll over deliver… but if not… well, don’t be surprised.

Unfortunately, this is a really good example on the value of a pro…. and why we can cost so much. She needs’ about $3,000 worth of equipment… and that’s only 2 lenses. My camera body that allows me to get the shots like above (the D3 which revolutionized shooting in the dark without flash) is over $5,000… each… 

OH… ya, and if she doesn’t have a backup camera body she’ll need to rent one of those too. There’s no time at a wedding to trouble shoot…. or during a ceremony for a novice to change lenses. Or you know, in case of theft or breakage.




Post # 13
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I agree with KLP2010. My photographer talked about this with us, because I don’t believe that we can take flash in ours either. Anyway, he said that it’s something only pros really can afford to compensate for. Mostly by getting a low-light lense.  Also, one thing that I know most of us don’t think about is corrupted data. Sometimes a picture will corrupt and if you’re lucky only that one will be ruined, but sometimes it will mess up every file after that and there go all your pictures. That’s why some photographers have a backup-mirror flash drive. Always ask your photog to see some of their equipment that they will be using at the wedding.

Post # 14
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Don’t worry!  Your photographer will know what to do!  🙂  They can always scope it out prior to the wedding to take test shots, if they are worried about it!

Post # 15
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

Thumbs up to good lenses! And some cameras do better in low-light than others. Unless your wedding will be in absolute darkness, with the right combination of lenses, cameras, and understanding of exposure, she should be OK.

I would also (very carefully/politely) double-check that there is no flash photography allowed for the photographer; not just the guests (sometimes, churches do allow one but not the other).

And, wow, Corgi! What a nightmare!

Post # 16
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I think most churches are like that, actually? Or at least the ones where I’ve been. (And ours).


Some churches even only let photogs in the balcony– no running around during the ceremony.

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