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Wedding Photography and Video Protocol Tips

Weddings are meant to be joyful celebrations of life with the people that you love and admire. And filming the activities of this event is one of the best ways to relive the moment in the years to come. If you are planning to record your wedding in photographs and/on video there are a few details that you need to keep in mind to make sure that you get the best results. While you want your wedding photography and video to look authentic to the moment, preparing the scenes and understanding the people involved can avoid capturing awkward moments on film.

In still photography, there is more involved than simply arranging people in a certain order. The central theme of all weddings is relationships and this extends beyond the bride and groom. Today many family members maybe in untraditional relationships that need to considered. For example if the parents of either the bride or groom are divorced and/or remarried, the arrangement of the people in the group photo may need to be handled with care so that no one is offended.

Placing the wrong people together can cause discomfort that will definitely be reflected in the photo. To ensure that everyone looks relaxed and comfortable and the session will flow smoothly, be sure you discuss the dynamics at work between the people who attend the wedding with the photographer and introduce them before the wedding so that they can become acquainted before your special day.

In terms of video capturing live action can be difficult if the landscape and lighting is not arranged properly. For continuity each activity of the wedding and/or reception should be considered a movie set and prepared accordingly. Lighting is tremendously important especially when shooting video in low light for a candlelight wedding or in bright sunlight for a wedding that takes place in a garden.

Being able to capture the exchange of the wedding rings without being intrusive can be a real challenge unless these factors are considered beforehand. Filming the activities during a wedding reception should also be planned in stages so that the person shooting the video is able to capture all of the action without physical obstructions. Include your photographer or videographer in the planning process and provide them with access to the location where the wedding and reception will take place to arrange the furniture and decorations in a way that will add to the beauty of the images captured.

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