Photograph Your Own Wedding (20) - The Receiving Line and the Wedding Breakfast

September 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

  

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The Receiving Line is also another ‘optional extra’ at weddings – for some weddings it forms an important part of the wedding day and can take anything up to an hour to complete and for others it is not even included as part of the day.

If your couple decide to have a receiving line you should try and position yourself so that you can capture faces and expressions. The Receiving Line often throws up some emotional reactions when family and friends finally get the opportunity to personally congratulate the happy couple.

These images are often filled with emotion and often find their way into the album. Try and anticipate which guests and family members are going to provide you with those ‘special’ images and then get yourself into a position where you can capture faces otherwise there is every chance that you will photograph the back of the head of every person that has attended the wedding which, as a rule, do not make interesting images.

The Wedding BreakfastAJA_0178

The wedding breakfast is normally an opportunity to put down the cameras – I always explain to my couples that I don’t take any pictures during the wedding breakfast itself. People chewing food does not make for good pictures and quite rightly most people do not want their picture taken whilst they are trying to eat.

So it’s a good opportunity to take a well earned break – by now I’ve probably been on my feet for 6 or 7 hours and those cameras are very heavy.

Always looking after my interest Lyn will ask our couples if they could provide me with water throughout the day and something to eat, like a sandwich for example, during the wedding breakfast – this is very much appreciated as there is very little time during the day to attend to eating and drinking and come to that, any other little jobs that bring relief during a long working day.

Make the most of this opportunity as it will be your last chance to eat, drink or use the facilities before you finish.


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