Capturing important moments on film is not as much of a challenge now as it was a few decades ago. We have come a long way from analog cameras to digital ones. The convenience of using digital cameras is the immediacy of the results. You can choose the right pictures while the event is in progress and re-take a shot if needed.
Immortalizing the wonderful moments of a marriage has now evolved into an art. A lot of planning goes into creating different angles and different perspectives of the event, turning the album into an artsy memoir of a memorable occasion.
If you are part of the entourage and have been given the responsibility to record the whole event in pictures, it is better to be organized and plan how you go about it.
1. Your camera: Make sure you have extra batteries, extra memory cards and definitely a second camera as your back up. It would be great if you can rope in someone to help you with that. Use different lenses to get different kinds of shots.
2. Make a list: Have a sit down with the soon to be married couple and get a list of all the people they need to have photographed. Perhaps it would be a good idea to have them allocate one person from each side to help identify and coordinate who needs to be in which shot.
3. Check out the venue: It is a good idea to visit the venue earlier, around the time of the event, to check for lighting and figuring out where the best shots can be taken. You might want to consider taking shots from a height to be able to get a more inclusive picture of all the guests. Look for a roof or balcony that you can stand on. However, if you plan to do this, include your coordinators in this so that they can round everyone up at a pre-determined time.
4. Make it interesting:
• Before you embark on your shoot, do turn off the sound of your camera.
• Keep your camera in a continuous shoot mode so as not to miss out on even the smallest part of the ceremony.
• Take interesting and detailed shots of anything that catches your eye – the flowers on the tables, the décor, the menu, and the backs of people's dresses or catch unexpected expressions on faces.
• These shots can be used to pepper the album to add that extra dimension to the whole event.
• Remember to have a smile on your face while you go about taking pictures, people always respond warmly to a smile.
5. Use projection: Yet another advantage of using a digital camera is that, the pictures can be immediately fed into a laptop and directed around the venue on screens set up in strategic places.
As with any other event, be prepared for anything – should things go wrong, should the weather turn inclement, whatever it is, keep your wits about you and improve!