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.
The image below from a wedding in May 2015 was taken from the back of the church. 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.
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.
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.
Please look out in the next 7 days for more images from this May wedding where I was told to stay at the back of the church.
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