The Wedding Speech

The wedding speech

The wedding speeches are one of my favorite parts of a wedding day. They are filled with laughter, emotions, and of course great stories. And let's not forget, a ton of awesome photo opportunities. Everyone has eaten delicious food and had a chance to chat, laugh and loosen up, The energy is electric, guests are excited to hear those stories that are soon to come!.. Here are Weddit's top tip tips on getting the best wedding speech photos!..

1. Have a long lens handy

When it comes to the wedding speech, I usually have a long lens on hand at all times. I will actually use two cameras, usually a Canon 50mm 1.2 and and Canon 85mm 1.2 if the light is low and if the is more light i will use the canon 70 - 200mm instead of the 85mm, which is also an incredible lens, and super fast. With a long lens I can keep mixed in with the crowd and out of view, and it gives me a much better chance of getting a real moment, as it is much more tricky for anyone to know they are being photographed, ultimately allowing you to stay out of the way and not disturbing the moments as they happen and unfold before you. 

Find the emotions

The Canon 85mm 1.2 is great for finding those beautiful emotions guests express during the wedding speech, make sure you are aware of who the close family members are, especially Mother and Father of the Bride and Groom and and Grandparents also. These can be awesome shots if you get them well. Another good idea during the wedding speech is find a few guests that are expressing their happiness or tears and wait for that perfect moment, as you scan the guests, you will notice that some will show more emotions than others during the wedding speech. And remember, during the wedding speech, so much will happen, so have your cameras ready, relax and enjoy speeches yourself as you snap away.

Beautiful moments

During the wedding speech, you want to look for those beautiful moments that the Bride expresses, the photo below shows the the bride looking at her Father and smiling during his wedding speech. You want to look for the tears , the love and the connections. Try to get a photo of the bride and groom as they look at each other. A photo of them laughing together, crying or showing affection is always a amazing shot during the wedding speech.

Make a story

Always remember, you want your photographs to tell a story from the beginning to the end. You should photograph the guests, families, and the reactions of the Bride and Groom, tears from Grandma, laughs from Dad. It will all come together beautifully when you deliver the final collection of the day. As a photographer it is your job to catch the moments perfectly, keep your eye on the speaker and wait until that perfect moment, The example below from a wedding in Maui, it shows the Father's happiness as he shares a story about his daughter with her and all the family and friends.

Black & white

A black and white of the couple doing the speech is must.. A well shot black and white can evoke so much emotion. During the wedding speech, you want to get a few shots of the Bride and Groom close, and also some a little wider. Black and whites are a beautiful edition to their story. Here at Weddit we consult with our clients and have great suggestions and custom options for black and whites if you are looking to develop your style .

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Photo credit: All images in this blog post by Lukas Griffin.

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