Wedding Workshop Five | Photographing the Ceremony: Recessional Movement and Positioning
Recessional Movement and Positioning
Focusing again on movement, it is important to position each shooter before the recessional begins. The point is to not miss a moment, from the first kiss to the bride and groom’s exit from the ceremony site.
During the first kiss, lead and second shooters generally stack up (stand next to each other) and capture the kiss at different focal lengths, one using a 24-70mm lens and the other a 70-200mm lens. After the kiss, lead shooters should walk to the front of the aisle and track the bride and groom as they walk toward the back of the aisle. It’s important to be careful while doing this so as to avoid walking backward into a person or an object while tracking the couple. Use the second shooter if possible, or warn people ahead of time that you plan to walk backward as the bride and groom exit.
When the bride and groom get to the end of the aisle, it is common to ask them to go for another kiss, this time allowing the photographers to showcase the guests cheering in the background. First and second shooters should remain on different lenses and capture the moment at different focal lengths, one wider, one tighter.
After the lead or second shooter follows the bride and groom out of the site, third shooters can stay behind and capture grip-and-grins of family members and other VIPs/guests as they start to exit. They should focus their energy on capturing images of guests that important to the bride and groom so that the pictures take on more meaning. For smaller weddings, it is likely that most of the guests are VIPs and should, therefore, be photographed.