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Photography and videography 

Photographs are probably the most important expense of the wedding. The food will all be eaten or thrown away, the flowers will die, the dress will be packed away, and the only thing permanently exposed will be memories and photographs.

Family and friends may offer to photograph your wedding, but they generally lack expertise and equipment. Certainly it is fun for friends to take extra snapshots, but large format cameras produce better quality enlargements, and proper equipment eliminates shadows, red eyes, and special effects are possible. Professional photographers also are trained at dealing with people, posing shots, and conserving time.

Before selecting a photographer, ask to see samples of work and possibly check references. If dealing with a studio using more than one photographer, insist on meeting with the photographer who will be at your wedding to insure compatibility, and insist on having the name of the photographer on the contract. 

Some photographers are willing to arrive early and take formal photos before the wedding; this is a very sensible arrangement as it will get you to the reception in much less time. If the bride, bridesmaids, parents of the bride, family of the bride, flower girl, etc. are dressed and ready 1½ hours before the wedding, you will have 30 minutes to take lots of photos without feeling the need to rush. The groom and his side of the wedding party and family should arrive 1 hour before the wedding for their photos. When the guests begin to be seated (30 minutes prior to the ceremony) the photographer will use this time to photograph "getting ready" shots...putting on the garter, dad placing a penny in your shoe, groom's dad straightening tie, etc. This arrangement will allow you to get to the wedding reception much quicker. ONE PROBLEM WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT IS THAT YOU BEGIN PAYING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WHEN HE/SHE ARRIVES, AND IF YOU OR YOUR WEDDING PARTY IS NOT READY, YOU ARE PAYING FOR USELESS TIME. It is permissible to take all photographs before the wedding also (bride and groom together), but this is a decision of the bride and groom and they should not be pressured by the photographer simply because more creative photographs are possible due to lack of time constraints. This is your wedding day, not a photographic shoot. Do what makes you comfortable.

Some churches have very stringent rules concerning photography, and you should ask about these rules when booking the church. Most professional photographers do not use a flash during the ceremony, and are very unobtrusive, but some church officials will still not permit photos during the ceremony.

Family and friends will often appear with cameras, and if you do not wish to take a chance on your wedding becoming a "sporting event" with cameras flashing, and people jockeying to get the best position for a special shot, ask the ushers to quietly tell everyone with a camera that flash photography is not permitted in the sanctuary or during the wedding ceremony (including the processional).

If you plan to have a video of your wedding, coordinate your photographers; a bright light on a video camera will ruin your still photos. Consider whether you want the videographer to be positioned in the choir loft and visible in all still photographs, or if you want him/her off to the side or in the rear.

Decide on the lighting for the ceremony and tell your photographers before the wedding. It is frustrating to set up a camera speed, and suddenly, without warning, have the lights turn off without time to use a light meter to reset the camera.

Be sure your director knows your plans for photographing formal shots. Some directors object to any photos being taken before the wedding, but this is your choice. One objection is that the bride will be tired before the wedding, but with wedding also includes the reception, and the bride can become agitated at the time it takes after the wedding knowing guests are waiting. It takes a certain amount of time to record images on film, and you must decide when you are most comfortable assigning that time and how much time you will give. You may have to decide between photos and time. 

If everyone returns to the sanctuary immediately, stays within close range to the photographer, and follows directions, it will go rapidly, but time is lost when one of the wedding participants wanders off to visit, and someone must be sent to find them.

Be sure you know exactly what your wedding package includes, any extra charges, and how long you will be able to order reprints, length of time videographer and photographer will be present.

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Worksheets available (click on the blue arrow to the right of the file to download it below)
 PhotoSugg.xls = Suggested photos
 Photographer.xls = Photographer worksheet
 Videographer.xls = Videographer worksheet

Edna S,
Aug 20, 2013, 3:50 PM
Edna S,
Aug 20, 2013, 3:49 PM
Edna S,
Aug 20, 2013, 3:50 PM