Post # 1
On februrary 13th my parents will be celebrating having spent the past 25 years in a committed relationship: they sprung it on my 3 siblings and I today by telling us they have decided to legally get married!! We are all stoked and so excited for them so things have been a bit of a blue this weekend. They are having a small outdoor morning ceremony in a park next to the Sydney harbour bridge and have asked if I will take some candid photos during the ceremony. I consider myself a novice photographer at best so was after some advice from the photographer bees out there. I have a tripod and things for a few portraits so we can get photos of the whole group but for the candid photos during what will be a short 15 minute ceremony I’m as little lost. Do I focus just on them or the background or the details? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
Fyi it is an 11am ceremony and ill be using a canon sx40
Post # 4
@justjade: the sun isn’t up in most places in the US but I am so ill bite. Obviouslyy first recommendation is always to hire a pro IF your parents can swing it. however, it sounds like they are having a super small affair and not interested I’m going that route, which is ok. Here is my best advice as far as what to focus on:
1:) arrive early and take detail shots of the ceremony site at that time. If you dont manage to accomplish this then, skip them. shooting details during the ceremony is a huge distraction, and especially as a novice, you’ll probably miss important moments of you try to multi-task.
2.) when your mom first appears a the end of the aisle, take a few shots of her walking then switch to shooting your dads reaction, then back to your mom if you have time.
4.) focus on the elderly. If any of your grandparents are alive and present, make sure to check on them during the wedding and see if you can capture an emotional reaction. If they seem disinterested, take a few photos of them and the other immediate family spectating anyway… As morbid as it sounds, you never know if some of those pictures will be among the last they have taken of them, so I always take plenty.
5.) after the vows/ring exchange plant yourself in the aisle to be in position for the kiss and DON’T move until its happened.
off to a wedding, but I’m sure other bees will add…