Photographing the various stages of a wedding (part 5)
A wedding can be divided into the following 8 principal stages:
2.Waiting for the Bride to arrive
3.The Arrival of the Bride
4. The Ceremony
5.The Church/Ceremony Exit
6. Portraits of the Bride & Groom
8. The End of the Party
7. Photographing the Reception
The reception is certainly one of the moments festive parts of a wedding. It's the time when everyone can finally relax and enjoy the hospitality of the restaurant, villa or other reception venue. It's that time when, perhaps encouraged by a few sips of an excellent wine, you get the feeling that you are attending a party. During the aperitif, the guests and the couple chat and socialise together. This is the stage of a wedding when a photographer has plenty of time to take lots of wedding photos, to capture the moments of sharing, of happiness and fun among friends and family.
From the arrival at the reception venue, up until the table allocations for the wedding lunch or dinner as may be, the atmosphere is usually more relaxed and fun, although sometimes there are brides and grooms or parents who remain ever vigilant to ensure that everything runs according to plan. Concern that, in my opinion, really isn’t necessary because almost all of the wedding venues throughout Italy have a very high standard of service and professionalism. With regards to this, I’d like to take this opportunity to list some of my favorite venues where I have photographed weddings.
I always begin with Ravello, because, apart from generally being my favourite location, it is also the town where I live. So, in Ravello there are a number of hotels that offer wedding services at a very high standard, but I must admit that their prices are also very high.
8.Photographic the End of the Party
The Party: Having eaten and drunk in large quantities, wedding guests frequently head for the dance floor for dancing. Usually the bride and groom are the first to ‘let themselves go’ on the dance floor, leaving behind all the tensions in the days, sometimes months, leading up to the wedding. These are photo opportunities that are absolutely not to be missed. Once again, at this final stage of a wedding, a wedding photographer has the opportunity to portray relaxed and fun gestures and expressions.
A wedding is a very important event for everyone, one that people often try to organise to perfection, to make sure that every moment is memorable and unique. So, it’s important to understand the responsibility that is entrusted to a wedding photographer and to wedding photos.
The choice of a photographer, must be made with extreme care, taking many different elements into account. It’s important to evaluate both the style and technical ability of a photographer, but also, in the first instance the way they interact with their clients. Photographing a wedding is not the same as taking pictures of cars or shoes, or photographing a fashion shoot. Photographing a wedding means entering into the hearts and the intimacy of two people who are about to become a single entity, a new family.
published on 30 Gennaio 2013 by Gianni
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