WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19
Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic have caused worldwide chaos and an unprecedented way of working, not least with wedding photography. With governmental guidance changing weekly and being different from state to state.
SOME COVID-19 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY RULES
► You may have to arrive at the venue together.
► Social distancing will be observed, with seats spaced out accordingly.
► The number of guests will be restricted.
► The venue may include your photographer in the guest numbers.
NON-SECULAR VENUES SUCH AS TEMPLES
Many of the above points also apply to temples and other non-religious venues. I’ve found that some vicars and priests can be more flexible than registrars. But others not so much. It’s good advice for you to speak with your Temple authorities contact beforehand to let them know how important wedding photography is on your special day.
The rules and regulations sent to you before your wedding day may not necessarily be what faces you on the day. Some venues are more flexible than others, so if you are unhappy about something, do ask. If you feel the venue is being unnecessarily strict about any aspect of their Coronavirus rules, try to negotiate. It doesn’t always work, but it is worthwhile when it does.
WHERE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS CLASH WITH COMMON SENSE AND WHAT WEDDING COUPLES’ CHOOSE TO DO :
The wedding is probably the most important day of your life, comparable only to the birth of a child. Brides and Grooms now have to choose carefully which of their loved ones to invite. Small venues especially are very limited to the number of guests they allow, presenting obvious problems.
Who do you invite and who gets left out? The close family usually comes first, but then there’s the wedding day and your approach regarding social distancing. Chances are, you won’t have seen much of your nearest and dearest due to lockdown and more recent restrictions.
What to do? Before and after the ceremony, it’s up to you – the law around social distancing accepted. Some couples choose to respect the guidelines on distancing out of concern for ‘at risk’ guests. Others self-isolate a couple of weeks before the day, to maximise safety, and some ignore the guidelines altogether.
Whatever you choose to do, my job is to document your wedding day and everything that happens as naturally and comprehensively as possible. I’m a photographer, and I don’t judge, I take meaningful and emotive photographs of wedding days.
Please Keep a safe distance, stay safe.