Ceremony Movement and Positioning

During the ceremony, all shooters should rotate through three basic positions: Center aisle, outside the left side of the seating area, and outside the right side of the seating area. In most cases, the lead will likely start at the back of the center aisle and capture wide or artistic angles of the ceremony. When the lead leaves the center aisle to find creative angles, the second shooter should move into cover the center aisle. The third should note the other shooters’ positions and move accordingly to avoid occupying the same space.

Positioning and movement will change based on the ceremony. Wedding ceremonies in some cultures have many traditional elements that benefit most from close-up shots at the front of the aisle, so the lead will likely occupy this position more during such ceremonies and capture a variety of wide, medium, and tight shots. Also, remember to take off your shoes before stepping onto a mandap.