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Jodi L. Snyder
 

Wedding Photography ... the Ceremony


Where do you stand in the front of the church when the wedding party and bride is walking down the isle? I always feel like I am the center of attention.


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5/6/2006 5:10:32 AM

 
Jerry Frazier   You don't normally stand at the front. You stand about halfway down the aisle and shoot them walking at you, and then of them walking away toward the alter.


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5/6/2006 6:40:08 AM

 
Seppi   
 
 
i stand at the end of the aisle where I am able to get the shots of bride and father coming down the aisle and groom's reaction/emotions when he sees her for the first time. if you are worried about being the centre of attention crouch down and you will get some nice angles too!


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5/9/2006 5:07:34 AM

 
Seppi   
 
 
couple of examples


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5/9/2006 5:09:58 AM

 
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couple of examples


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5/9/2006 5:11:05 AM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  second row


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5/9/2006 9:08:43 AM

 
Jerry Frazier   a comment:

I have noticed that people have opinions about where to stand or what to do. I rarely hear the right answer.

It depends. The reason I said halfway down is because, most churches don't let you stand at the front, or the second row. At catholic churches, for example, you have to stand behind where the last guest is sitting. Other religions have other rules. If you break the rules, shame on you.

Also, I don't like to draw attention to myself, standing anywhere near the front brings attention to you. Get to the middle, crouch down, and in to a pew as much as possible. Shoot as they walk toward you, and as they walk away. When they open the doors for the bride to walk down, twist your body around and shoot the grooms reaction to seeing the bride.

It's easy stuff. And, don't worry too much about the ceremony. No one hardly ever buys anything from it. They usually suck because people generally look stupid when they walk. Churches are horribly lit.

Take it all with a grain of salt...

...and, keep your eyes open and don't look for the obvious stuff.


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5/9/2006 11:34:32 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  "At catholic churches, for example, you have to stand behind where the last guest is sitting."

I've been a Catholic all my life, and this simply isn't true.

"It's easy stuff. And, don't worry too much about the ceremony. No one hardly ever buys anything from it. They usually suck because people generally look stupid when they walk."

Where are you coming up with this stuff? Nearly every wedding album I have seen has included pictures of the bridal party walking up the aisle, and other pictures from the ceremony.

I don't know if you think you're being cute or funny or whatever, but giving out false information is the OPPOSITE of what people are trying do here.


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5/9/2006 1:36:24 PM

 
Jerry Frazier   Chris, I shoot weddings every weekend. I shoot alot of Catholic weddings. Just shot one last week, and yes, I had to stand back behind the last person sitting (preists rules, which I always obey). Maybe it varies from region to region. I know that it varies fro priest to preist. Also, album design does vary dramatically from region to region.

I have NEVER put a aisle walking shot in an album...that is, I have put the bride and groom leaving, with the guests clapping in the background. But, that's different. I don't just sit there for that, I follow them out - walking backwards in front of them with a wide-angle lens.

I come up with this stuff by doing it Chris. Over and over and over again. In general, the BP.com membership offers very poor advice for wedding coverage.

Sure, there's the occassional shot from the back of the church. There's the occassional back of the church from the balcony shot. There's the kiss, and all those kinds of moments. Or maybe, mom wiping a tear from her eyes. Or, maybe the ring bearer running down the aisle. There's lots of moments that occur. I was mostly talking about the walking, and all the standing and stuff that goes on. Which is why I said to look for things outside of the obvious. There's cool stuff to shoot, you just have to find it.

And, I'm not in an area where traditional albums or poses are really sought out. Plus, I don't offer or show a ton of common stuff. So, I might get clients that want a little more than the norm, or at least have come to expect more than the norm. So, maybe it's hard for me to talk about what EVERYONE does, because it doesn't apply to me.

Sorry, if I went to far with my comments and offended anyone.


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5/9/2006 3:09:35 PM

 
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