Photograph Your Own Wedding (19) - Throwing the Bouquet

August 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

The throwing of the bouquet can take place at any time after the wedding ceremony. As a rule, for those brides that want to throw their bouquet, it normally seems to take place either directly before or directly after the wedding breakfast.

If the couple have engaged a Master of Ceremonies for the day then they will normally make the necessary arrangements and organise guests. However, if there is no MC then it normally falls to the best man or the photographer to sort things out.

For this shot there are a few things to consider, such as: –

Location – there needs to be enough height for the throw to take place – if the throw is to take place outside then make sure that you are not shooting into the sun when the bouquet is thrown into the air – find a location where you can get a good shooting vantage point

Camera settings - you may want to consider shooting on speed priority and increase your camera speed to freeze the action.

General – decide on whether to shoot the throw or the catch or if you are trying to capture both which one will be your point of focus. It may be worth asking the bride to go through a few ‘practice throws’ before she actually releases the bouquet – this gives you a few opportunities to get your shot but of course the money shot is capturing the bouquet either in the air or just as its about to be caught. If the bouquet is dropped be prepared to capture the scramble that could take place – if you are lucky – I mean if a scramble were to occur!

Don’t underestimate the bouquet throw – it can be a tricky shot to capture and be sure the bride will want to see photographic evidence of any scramble that takes place to claim the bouquet.


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