Prepping the Officiant

Proactivity: Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.


As wedding photographers, we have this amazing ability to pretty much have free reign during weddings. When it comes down to it, we are there to get the images we need and we almost have a responsibility to POLITELY work with the other people at the wedding to make things happen.


One such way we can do this is through the officiant. From the moment the grandparents walk down the aisle until he releases the audience to the reception, this man holds almost all the power. As such, he is one of the most important individuals to speak with BEFORE the ceremony starts to make sure a few key things happen. So, here are just a few things you should talk with the officiant about prior to the wedding:


1. Stepping out of the way during the first kiss
This can be huge for you! And it’s such a simple thing to ask. Simply ask the officiant if he can step out of the way as soon as he pronounces the couple husband and wife so that you can get images of them without his head poking through up in the background.


2. Family Portraits
It seems to always work best to do family formals as soon as the weddings ends. That way the couple can walk away, sign their marriage license, and then come back out to their family ready to take images. For this to work though, the family needs to know to stay after the ceremony to get this done. Who better to tell them to do this than the officiant? He already have their fullest attention. Have him announce for family to meet in a specific spot.


3. Jokes
This isn’t essential but can be very useful! The officiant knows everything that is going to be going on during the ceremony. Which means they know the jokes that the couple is likely to make. Ask them in advance what moments will bring out emotion in the audience so that you can position yourself to get great images of the family laughing or crying.


Now, of course to remember to say these things to the officiant you should PROBABLY write this all down and have it planned BEFORE the wedding day. Proactivity at its finest! =D Have a great week everyone!

To God be the glory,

daniel jackson

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