How to shoot: Reception Speeches and toasts
Now that we've gotten into the reception, chances are, uh, everyone had time to eat dinner and including yourself and your team. If you're part of a team and we've moved into, uh, toasts. Now, the dinner is something that you can shoot if you want to. Typically, this is the time that you should also be eating, refueling, drinking water, maybe sitting down for a hot second, um, to recover just a little bit, but keeping an eye and keeping an ear on when the hosts are coming because typically we'll have food and then they'll immediately get into the toasts or maybe the first dance was beforehand and then they'll get into dinner. Um, I found that dinner is really the best time to rest and, um, you know, gather your wits about yourself mostly because photos of people eating isn't anyone, anyone isn't anything anyone really wants. So you won't be needing to take photos of people eating, but you will need to be taking photos of the speeches which get very close. So if we take a look at back a...
t this wedding, we're outdoors and there is a really good shot. I got here of the bride and the groom during dinner, I think, you know, you listen for the like sort of clinging of glass for that kiss and you can kind of nail that with your 70 to 200. Let's see if that's what I used. Uh Yep, 7200 at F four at 200. Um I was able to get that with the timing and then with the speeches, the 7200 is probably the best lens for this situation. Um I didn't wanna go below 1 25th of a second. I'm at iso 505,000 here. Um My 7200 caps out at F four. If you have a 7202.8 that's probably a little bit better. They can get a little pricey. So I went for the cheaper one. Um It's also a little bit smaller and lighter. So that was helpful. The idea here is to, again, just get the moment, look for um the person giving the speech, uh look for their eyes to come up if you can. Um For instance, that one's a great one. This one I liked because both the bride and the groom are laughing. Um It's ok if you get backs of heads again, this is definitely more of a record keeping situation. Keep an eye out for moments like this, right? They're going to laugh, they're going to cry, they're going to have fun, they're going to enjoy these speeches. Um You can sort of find an area just to post up where you feel like you have a good shot of the bride and the groom alone. Um and the speech giver alone, but also um together and that's where the 70 to 200 these long zooms come in handy, right? This is at 100 and 15 millimeters. So I just zoomed out, whereas this is at the full length 200 I could punch in a little bit. Um This is also when it starts to get handy, having a full frame sensor because you'll get more light in and you can crop more later. Um That's something we should talk in uh online on photo and friends plus mirror, uh you know, full frame versus crop sensor. Um So then once they're gonna give you the speech, there's a few things that you need to be on top of, right, keep an eye out for the cleaning of glasses there. They should be raising a glass for the speech and this is always a good moment. But afterwards, something that I learned early on in my career is that there will be hugs after these speeches and these are really great moments to capture. So when they're done speaking and they've clinged their glass, do not put your camera down, keep it up and look for those moments and those hugs. So again, same thing here, right? Giving a speech, single person with the bride give in the background. She's clearly not impressed with this speech um alone uh again, smiling and laughing together. Um So you can see, I'm, I'm going back and forth between the two of them and the speech, the raising of glasses in a wide shot is always good. And then the hug. See, it's very, it's very much like clockwork. They go and they hug both people. Speeches are very predictable which is like really great that you can start to like wind down at this point. Um He had two people give speeches here, you can tell in this moment he was crying so much, he was laughing. Um And I really enjoyed having him in the background. No hug there. But yeah, speeches are very important. Big takeaway from this. Don't put your camera down when you think it's down until they've walked away using a 70 to 200. Uh is much easier for this kind of situation you don't wanna get in people's way, but you also wanna be able to get those photographs and then being able to jump from photos of the single speech giver them together with the couple in the background and then the couple by themselves is the ideal movement uh for these types of photos. So let's go on to the next lesson.