Every wedding venue has its own rules when it comes to photography. Church weddings are the where I find there can be some very strict procedures. The worst case scenario is no photograph at all during the service. I am pleased to say this is very very rare. One up from this is photography but only from the back. This is no issue for me as I can still capture key moments of the service by using different lenses.
Below are a selection of images taken from the back of a church where i was told to stand during the service.
The photographs below were all taken in May 2015. I always introduce myself to whoever is taking the service before guests arrive. Its a great ice breaker and from that chat I can judge how far I might be able to push it if need be! I very rarely use flash during the service. From back I can observe all before me.
The best case scenario which is becoming more popular is to be able to capture what I wish and move around freely. Being conscious of my surroundings and guests is my number one objective. The less I am noticed the better and the more emotion in the images. If I have been asked to stay at the back of the church during the service, the time I am allowed to come forward is at the signing of the register. Again all churches have different rules when it comes to the signing. More often then not no photographs can be taken of the actual signing. A set up shot is taken after this is complete.
All other venues I find are much more relaxed and more often then not the only rule I come across is not to photograph the actual signing of the register.
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