Post # 1
I just found out that my church will only allow pictures in the church from the overhead balcony! Which means that all of our pictures from the wedding will be of our backs and far away. No close up shots of his reaction when he first sees me, or even pictures of my FACE with my father walking down the aisle. Just long shots from overhead… Or… maybe they have to zoom in real close to see our faces, but we will still be facing away..it looks like my church policy is pretty strict, but Im still freaking out. anybody else run into this?
Post # 3
@msnashvillelawyers: That is a bummer! Could you ask your priest/minister to have you face the audience during your vows possibly so you can get better pics? Also, have you considered a videographer? Would they allow for the videographer to come in closer to get those good shots? Just thinking aloud here trying to help…
Post # 4
our church had some crazy rules too about where the photog could and could not be – and unfortunately we did not get many shots because of it – i would ask for more specifics about where the photog can shoot from – our photographer wasnt allowed past the first set of pews – there were probably 6 pews on each side then the break and another set of pews, she had to stay around the break and she wasnt allowed to use flash during the ceremony either. i still got tons of beautiful pictures from the ceremony but i did notice crucial shots missing, mostly because she couldnt get in the right spot for them. i would def see if they are willing to budge on just the balcony shots – though balcony shots can be really beautiful!
Post # 5
thanks girls! it makes me feel so much better that my church isnt the only one with the crazy rules! ha! Im going to have to talk to the Pastor and ask if he can budge the rules a bit. Hopefully it all works out.. i would really hate to miss out on crucial shots.
Post # 6
Do you have to do the ceremony at your church? Personally photos are important to me so I would consider using another venue just to get better pictures
Post # 7
It’s really common for churches to do that, actually. I would make sure that your photog has, at minimum, a 70-200mm zoom with a wide aperture (F2.8 or lower, for example) in their kit. If they don’t, request that they rent one.
Post # 8
if you and your FI face each other while reading your vows it will look just as good, and the photographer should have a long enough lens to capture close up shots.
Post # 9
If you’ve got a professional photographer let them know and they’ll bring an appropriate lens for this kinda thing.
Post # 10
Our church didn’t have photo restrictions, but the ones from our balcony were some of my favorites, if that makes you feel better!
Post # 11
@BrooklynBride10: Oh my gosh, Ryan Brenizer was your photographer…you lucky lucky girl!! He is fantastic.
And yah, this restriction is ridiculous. I can’t believe that. It’s pretty bad that they didn’t tell you that beforehand seeing as it could have been a deciding factor as to choosing that place to be married. Sorry!
Post # 12
@KateByDesign: Ryan and I went to the same college, and I’ve been stalking his work for years. Love him! He was the only thing I was bridezilla about -told my Husband (then Fi) we absolutely had to have him, I didn’t want anyone else shooting our wedding, haha. All of our photos were amazing. 🙂
(Our second shooter actually took this picture, you can see Ryan in the pic ahead of us) 🙂
Post # 13
@BrooklynBride10: Oh, I bet. My photographer has been a second shooter for Ryan a couple of times so I know that I’m in GREAT hands since he really is learning from the best!
Post # 14
@msnashvillelawyers: I think those restrictions are a little over the top… I’ve shot at Saint Patricks Cathedral in NYC (strictest restrictions ever!) and even they allowed you to shoot from the aisle during key momemts ONLY (vows, processional and recessional), maybe you can ask for that as a compromise?
Post # 15
That restriction is pretty silly but if you let your photographer know ahead of time, they can bring appropriate lenses for taking pictures from far away. Cameras can zoom SO MUCH (think paparazzi cameras!) you might not even realize they are so far away. Definitely be sure to communicate this to your photographer so they know what they’r dealing with!