wedding ceremony perspectives

by Alexis Rebenstein

wedding ceremony perspectives photo

The ceremony can be the most nerve wracking part of a wedding day for a photographer.  Tons of pressure to capture every important moment in a short time frame, no control over lighting and placement of subjects, no do-overs, and of course despite all that, the images have to look beautiful and dreamy and effortless.

Luckily, many of you are like me and thrive on a challenge, so here are 3 key ideas to think about that will allow you to tackle any ceremony with confidence and ease!

1.  Anticipate moments

Find out as much as you can about the ceremony ahead of time; length, order of things, special or unusual additions.  Then, make sure you can get to the ceremony site early so you can really take a few minutes to survey the area and make a plan.  Put a lot of detail and thought into your plan.  Look at things like the length of the aisle (it’s short so I’ll use a wide angle for the processional), direction and quality of light (hmmm…it’s overcast, so I don’t need a polarizer and I’ll avoid shooting from the shady area), position of ceremony items (there’s no space for me to stand near the Kiddush cups, so I’ll make sure I have my telephoto ready for that moment).  Because of this careful preparation, you’ll be able to calmly and confidently be at the right place at the right time throughout the ceremony and you won’t miss a thing.  Make sure you are in the aisle for the kiss so you can also get their “I can’t believe we did it!” faces right afterwards.

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2.  Variety

Make sure you have both a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens and try to get shots of each event with both perspectives.  For example, a wide shot of the whole wedding during the ring exchange is nicely complimented by a close up of just their hands holding the rings.  If you have two cameras, you can put one lens on each and switch back and forth.  Move around as much as you can to get different angles and points of view…whole ceremony from the front, back, side as well as lots of tightly cropped details and faces.  Get really low for some dramatic shots.  Zoom way in and grab a shot of the groom’s tightly clutched vows or the flower girl’s shoes.  At each ceremony, make sure to get the shots you need and then allow yourself to experiment a little with new angles, ideas, or techniques.

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3.  Reactions

It’s very easy to be caught up in the ceremony and focused on the bride and groom, not wanting to miss anything important.   However, some of the most emotional shots you can get are not the moments, but the reactions to the moments.  Don’t forget to turn around and get the groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle, the parents’ tears  as they watch the vows, the loving look of the maid of honor as she beams at them,  even the bored ring bearer making silly faces.  These photos will mean so much to the couple when they see them later, because they only have eyes for each other during the ceremony and this will give them a chance to see it through the eyes of their loved ones as well.

wedding ceremony perspectives photo

wedding ceremony perspectives photoAlexis Rubenstein, Florida
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Alexis Rubenstein of Red Stone Photography currently lives and works on the Emerald Coast in Navarre, Florida.  She loves to photograph families and kids, but her primary focus is weddings.  She has been fortunate to photograph beautiful weddings in the U.S., Japan, Thailand, and Greece!  She loves to mentor new photographers, and she spends her spare time traveling, cooking, running long distance, and hanging out with her 3 amazing kiddos.

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396 Responses to “wedding ceremony perspectives”

  1. Kira
    Dec 21 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    First one to comment? Crossing my fingers, what an awesome giveaway!

    I love reading this blog!

  2. Dec 21 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    This was a fantastic article. Thank you so much for these important tips!

  3. Dec 21 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Love your work!

  4. Katie F.
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Love those shots. Great to be reminded of these things.

  5. Tori
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I’d love to win an iPad mini!

  6. Julie Van Dasselaar
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Great article! Always learning something new here on CM!

  7. Dec 21 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Great tips…thanks so much!!!!!!! :)

  8. Dec 21 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Terrific post and pics! Alexis’ tips work well in many situations – parties, etc. Thanks!

  9. Dec 21 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Great reminder about perspectives (not even just related to weddings, but in general!), and thanks to stickyalbums!! :)

  10. Jamie R
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures!

  11. Dec 21 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    love that last shot!

  12. Tara Stallings
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Great tips, and amazing giveaway!

  13. Dec 21 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Such a sweet post! Thanks CM & @StickyAlbums! :)

  14. Dec 21 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Great tips and gorgeous images!

  15. Dec 21 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you for the insight on perspectives- so easy to feel overwhelmed the day of a client’s wedding when things are going as planned (i.e. appointments are taking longer than normal, car breaks down, etc.).

  16. Dec 21 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Alexis hits the nail on the head. I have such respect for wedding photographers. I have been shooting families, babies, and seniors for over three years.

    I have been approached several times to shoot weddings, and I continue to turn it down. The more I learn about what is required to pull of an amazing Wedding Shoot – the more respect I have for it.

    The biggest difference between wedding photography and almost every other kind is you only get ONE chance to get it right. And its not just one thing, its a lot of little things, that you get ONE chance at. There are no redo’s.

    Personally I just think this requires a different level of expertise, and experience than what I have. Who knows maybe I will get the guts someday to second (or third) shoot.

    Good luck!! to everyone!!

  17. Jennifer Beatty
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Great article Alexis!

  18. Dec 21 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Gorgeous work, Alexis. I am in love with your header image of your blog. That is priceless. :)

  19. Dec 21 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I want an iPad mini. And I’m pretty sure I’m on the nice list.

  20. Dec 21 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Love these images, and the giveaway!

  21. Michelle S
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    I love capturing the expressions on the guest and wedding party’s face that most people wouldn’t notice.

  22. Mary
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Great article! I’m hoping to second shoot a wedding sometime in the next year so reading this was awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Dec 21 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    These photo are so clear and clean! I love how they capture the beauty and intimacy of it all. Please enter me in the iPad Mini giveaway!

  24. Dec 21 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Great tips!! And I seriously love that shot of the groom as he sees his bride – just priceless :o) Thank you for sharing, Alexis, and thank you for the giveaway, StickyAlbums!

  25. Erika
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the tips! Also thank you for the chance to win!

  26. Deborah
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    These photos are gorgeous and you gave great tips! Plus this is a fantastic giveaway. Thanks!

  27. Trina Baker
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Some really great tips and amazing photos. Thanks for sharing :)

  28. Denise hurdle
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Love sticky albums!! Would love an ipad mini more…!

  29. sarah c.
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Beautiful images, Alexis!

  30. Dec 21 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Yes, getting the reactions of those watching the bride and groom means so much~ thank you for these simple yet timeless reminders on the perfect wedding shoot.

  31. Bethany
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Reactions are pretty close to my favorite thing to capture!

  32. Ellen B
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    awesome – I would love to win – great article too!

  33. Kim Peterson
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! I am not a wedding photographer, but I find your tips helpful and applicable even for such things as a birthday party/bonfire at the beach (which I attended last night, for example)- planning ahead, shoot from a variety of angles, get in close, zoom out… and your images are beautiful! :)

  34. Sarah Kuykendall
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Love these images! Love CM, and would LOVE an iPad mini :-). Happy Holidays!

  35. Kelly
    Dec 21 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I love this! Always good to review ideas like this to keep it fresh! Great article.

  36. Dec 21 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    What an amazing article Alexis!!

  37. Dec 21 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Great article and gorgeous photos, Alexis! :)

  38. wendy c
    Dec 21 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    so generous, thanks!

  39. Mama Monkey
    Dec 21 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas!!!

  40. Shari
    Dec 21 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Great post, looks like I may need to get a second camera. Merry Christmas!

  41. Gayle Shrader
    Dec 21 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Great article and thanks for the chance to win!
    Love clickinmoms and stickyalbums!

  42. Dec 21 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Beautiful pics and tips! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  43. Dec 21 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Lovely article! And love my StickyAlbums!

  44. Veronica
    Dec 21 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Great article! I wish my wedding photographer had read on some of your tips!

  45. Carolyn
    Dec 21 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Wonderful article and stunning images! I don’t shoot weddings but found that I can apply your information to other events that I shoot.
    Merry Christmas CM and Stickyalbums!

  46. Ellen K
    Dec 21 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful pictures!

  47. Dec 21 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I love that last image – its so perfect and fun.

  48. Dec 21 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Great tips & gorgeous images!

  49. Carla Bagley
    Dec 21 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Great article and wonderful prize:)

  50. Amy
    Dec 21 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Great tips & great giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

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