How to shoot: First kiss and walking out
How to shoot the first kiss. And the walking out part. Now this is like I said, the hero sort of situation or the hero photo of a lot of weddings. And I've, I know I was nervous when I was first shooting weddings that I was gonna miss this. And luckily my first few weddings were with a partner and, um, he and I were able to nail it from a bunch of different angles. But if you're by yourself, it's, it's nerve wracking if you're not ready for it. And so what I wanna do is I wanna enable you and give you the tools to be able to feel confident in doing this. Um, and nailing it. The first thing is being in our default position, the center aisle, right. That is where everything is gonna happen if you don't know where to be and you don't know what's going on. I'm gonna repeat this be there, be in the center of the aisle that is your home during the ceremony. If you don't know where else to be or you don't know what's going on, it's gonna come quickly and it's nice to know if you if this is yo...
ur first time to talk to the officiate first about what order and if he has any she or she have any tells or he can um, kind of tell you it's coming up, listen, listen to what is happening through the P A, what the of official is saying and process it. Don't just let it come in your ear and out the other, understand what is happening during the wedding so that you can react as a photographer. It is so important to just listen and be aware. Have your head on a swivel, see what's going on. If you start to see a coordinator perk up or get ready or you see uh the best man, look for the for the rings, know that the rings are coming. If you start to see the efficient and hear him start to sound like he's winding down something like ladies and gentlemen, I now present or it's time to do the final thing like there'll be queues over time that you'll get used to after shooting enough weddings. And so once you've gotten to that point, go to the center aisle and be ready with your 70 to 2 default position, right? We see the couple, this was our hero shot that we got to before and now they're starting to get closer and you're able to start firing away and this at this point. Yes, I will shoot a lot of photos per second. I don't tend to necessarily use the high burst again in this situation because I don't want my camera to get slowed and buffer. You should practice and see what the camera that you're gonna use. See how many photos can take within like two minutes. Because if you take too many at once, like a nine second 12th photo burst, your camera may need to catch up before it can do that again. In which case. Sure, you got that nine burst. But then you got to wait 30 seconds to a minute before you can take another nine second, nine photo burst. Part of the reason I only use the three second burst, right? Three second burst, process process three cans burst. Three second burst. That's sort of the way to do it. So you get it, we nailed it, we know it's in focus because we've been there all day. We know the exposure is right because we've been in that same position and I just keep firing away because you never know what they're gonna do. Right? I'm just gonna cycle through these. This is the progression. He looked down at his ring. He's like, wow, that's a great moment. She was handed a bouquet. Now he's this I got lucky with because in this situation, he then announced them again. So this allowed me to now step back, move to my wide angle, shoot a couple shots as they're walking down and then switch back to the 7 200 go back to shooting at 200 getting that nice book in the background, quickly getting the bursts. I'd say I'm showing you like what seven photos here? I probably took close to like 50 just of them coming down the aisle um because I wanna make sure to nail it. And at this point, I'm walking back with them, right. So I am like slowly starting to walk back with them, taking these uh sort of portrait e shots. These are my favorites. And then once I get far enough away from the crowd from the actual ceremony side, I'll bring the wide angle camera out and I'll snap a couple photos. Sometimes I'll ask them to do a little one more kiss really quick if I feel like that's the vibe of the couple. Um They were kind of just ready to go and get out of there and this is also the best time because you will now be with them alone, walking them out, taking them to a secure location where if you haven't done the uh formal photos or you haven't done the wedding party photos, the rest of the wedding party should meet you um grab them, take them somewhere else and you'll be able to um really separate them from the crowd because once the crowd, once they're married and the crowd starts to come in, they're gonna get distracted. People are gonna hug and kiss and see them now is the time, take them to a secure location, give them five minutes to just be alone. The whole point of this day is that they've gotten married and that's important. And I think that, um, making sure that they have a moment to themselves right afterwards is a really nice touch for you as a photographer. But also just like, you know, really good as a human that they have a moment to enjoy and be present in that day where a camera is not in their face. And you've really just nailed all the best shots at that point. So you should be pumped. Um, at this point, we'll go on, they'll shoot some pictures with uh family informals, they'll have their moments, they'll be with the wedding party and it's a great time for you now to go and start getting details of the reception, uh getting cocktail hour or resetting your batteries, grabbing a drink of water, switching over to your 70 to 200 if you're or your 24 to 70 from your to 200 if you're only on one camera system, um, your 70 your 7200 has done a lot of its bulk uh for the ceremony and, um, depending on what you're gonna use for the reception, which we'll get to, I do use a 7200 for that too. Um, you just have to, this is a really good time for you to basically reset, collect yourself and be ready for the next thing. Because honestly, at this point, a lot of the hard stuff is over. So let's keep going.