Toasts and Speeches | Goals and Must-Haves

As mentioned in the previous chapter, the goals and must-have images for photographing the reception are going to follow basic storytelling goals, which include capturing wide, medium, and tight angles of the toasts and speeches.

The wide-angle shot should include the subjects and the location while also giving context to the action in the image. Shoot-throughs (which might include guests or table centerpieces in the foreground) work well for lending context to action and adding visual interest to the image. Once your lights are set up, you’re free to move around and get creative angles as well (see image below).

In addition to getting all the angles, capturing great expressions on the subjects’ faces is key, whether you’re capturing the toaster or the reactions of the guests (or the bride and groom).