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I am always amazed when I hear about wedding photographers who simply show up on the day and are very inflexible in the timeframe that they will cover.

Now I will admit that we do not photograph that many weddings a year and we certainly don’t shoot the ones we do solely for the money. As such I am willing to give as much effort in order to ensure the couple get the best service on the day. And for a wedding that starts with attending the rehearsal.

For the wedding of Hayden & Chloe the rehearsal happened on February 22 and as with most rehearsals I have attended it was a fun and happy event. Unlike the nerves that will kick in on the big day the rehearsal is often very relaxed.Rehearsal-3 For me these are the main reasons why it is important to attend the rehearsal:

  1. It give you an opportunity to meet and discuss your requirements with the person performing the service, and to get agreement on such things as the use of flash, where you can and can’t go. Better to find this out two days before the event than 20 minutes before.Rehearsal-1
  2. If they are present it also lets you talk with the videographer so that you can determine the best angles for both of you.
  3. It gives you a real opportunity to view the venue and work out the best angles for shooting that will both give you the images you want but at the same time not block key people from seeing the events. It also lets you work out where you and your second shooter will stand.

    From the previous visit to the church I knew that the angles were tight. When you got the couple , minister and 8 attendants at the alter it got really crowded.

    From the previous visit to the church I knew that the angles were tight. When you got the couple , minister and 8 attendants at the alter it got really crowded.

  4. It give you the opportunity to see what the plan of the service will be so that you can ensure adequate coverage.Rehearsal-4
  5. It lets you play with settings in the camera when if you fail to get a clear shot it really does not matter.Rehearsal-5

From this rehearsal I realised that it was going to be very tight at the alter and realistically the best angles for many of the activities would be from the rear which meant that my second shooter would take care of those. The Minister made no unreasonable demands, and video guys were very co-operative. We did have an issue with one camera not giving us the best results so that ended up being used outside the church only.