Post # 1
I got my photos back last week, and after much editing (I volunteered to do so to save money) I LOVE them. The one thing that bothers me though is that the photographer got NO, ZERO, ZILCH close-up pics of the ceremony, which is of course the most important part. The photos he did get are great, and I told him so, while also letting him know that I was disappointed in the lack of close ups- this is his response:
“Over the years I have found that it is best to approach the ceremony with a lot of respect and consideration for the minister, the couple, and the guests. The more movement that is going on, the more people get distracted. I never want to take attention away from the bride and direct it towards me! 🙂 As much as I’d like to capture some of the intimate moments during the ceremony, I know that I need to be respectful of others as well.”
I wish he woudl’ve asked me ahead of time and I would’ve TOLD him to get up close. When I spend that much $$ on a photographer I definetly want the most important moments captured. He could’ve easily scrouched in the aisle, without hurting anyone’s view and still getting close ups.
Here are some of his photos:
They are all from this distance, behind the audience or on the side, but none up front. Even doing some cropping I will never get a shot of our faces or of our hands exchanging rings.
Luckily, one of my good friends was front row taking some photos herself so she did capture some close-ups that I wanted and am sooo greatful for:
Fellow bees, am I wrong to expect close-ups of the ceremony, the ring exchange, the vows?
Did you receive close-ups? Was your photographer a distraction during the ceremony if you got them?
Post # 3
To give you an idea of how close our photographer was:
And I LOVE the shots. AND AND AND! I never even noticed her. Literally. Had NO idea where she was and found out after the fact that she was all up in our business. 🙂 In a good way. There is so much going on that I could only notice what was right in front of me. I would have truly regretted not allowing our photographer up close and personal. Personally, and this is just me, I feel a good photographer will still be able to get those close-up shots without becoming a distraction or annoyance. So I don’t buy into the whole “I just wanted to stay out of the way cause I feel it’s best” thing.
Great pics, btw! 🙂
Edit: And for me, having those pics allows me to relive it. If the photographer happened to block the view from a cousin for a second I really don’t care. Because the memory won’t be as nearly as important to a cousin or friend as it is to me and my husband.
Post # 4
Don’t they have lenses for that? The photographer himself doesn’t have to be in your face.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I agree with you OP. I love our photographers and they seriously took some amazing photos, but there are NO close-ups of our ceremony… Super disappointing. I appreciate that they wanted to stay out of the way and that it’s kind of a damned if they do, damned if they don’t thing, but our faces, our expressions, the ring exchange… Everything is from such a distance, it’s kinda sucks.
Honestly, my cousin was in the front row and took some of the best ceremony photos!! Hahahaha… Kinda sad, but it is what it is. I still love the photos that our photog took.
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We ended up with a lot of ceremony closeups and I think they are some of the best pictures of the day. The photographers were definitely all around us and moving from front to back, side to side — they even got pictures of my dad’s face in the front row in between us! Nobody complained at all about it later. That sucks that your photog missed these types of shots
Post # 8
Ours was up close and I’m glad because I love the expressions he captured on DH’s face. I didn’t even notice him.
Post # 9
Hmm…I think ours was midway?
I’m happy with the photos. They weren’t distracting.
Post # 10
@claireos: I agree 100%. I would love a photo like yours, and could really care less if one of the guests had to look around the photographer for a bit while he snapped a photo.
I did noticed (from my photographers photos) that my grandpa had a camera 2nd row so I will be tracking him down for his pics (he just had a point and shoot but he used to do pro photographer so hopefully he’s got some good ones)!
Post # 11
@Mrs. Coyote: Thats how I am, I love the photos he did get, but am disappointed in the pics that he didn’t get. Nothing to do about it now but track down guest photos. And since the pro was in the back I can pick out which guests had camera’s just by looking through his pics, lol.
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: I would’ve loved some pics of the guest’s faces too so I could see their reactions! The photographer totally stayed away from the front though. :/
Post # 13
@GroovyHippieChick: He’s been in the business for 25 years so you’d think so?? He just told me to do some editing and cropping and I could get the close ups, but if I do that I end up with a 3 x 5 photo which doesn’t do me much good. :/
Post # 14
I can relate. I love my pictures but there are a couple of details I wish he would have been obnoxious about getting. Namely, closer pics of our guests during our ring-warming. Still, I love my pictures and it is a minor detail.
Post # 15
We’re not married yet, but our photographer covered this, and yes, they should have had zoom lenses to get close ups but still stay back. She drew me a diagram of the farthest they come up in the venue, but assured me that their lenses will get some nice close photos.
Post # 16
Wow. I never once considered the event that the photographer would get in the way because
1) I wanted her to do her job
2) I assumed that with all of her experience, she knew her limits and would keep as close or stay as far as she felt comfortable with
That said, we got plenty of close-ups during our ceremony and I’m thrilled with them. I couldn’t imagine not having close-ups of such an intimate moment, and not ONCE during the ceremony was I conscious of the photographer’s presence.
I suppose this is definitely a matter that brides should clarify with their photographer(s) prior to the wedding day. Luckily I don’t think I’ve come across too many threads with this kind of issue, but it’s unfortunate that you feel deprived of quality ceremony photos. =