Chances are that you will be attending a wedding or two sometime soon. And, chances are, you'll be bringing your camera.
While most couples hire a professional photographer to photograph the ceremony and reception, there's still plenty of opportunity for you to also capture this occasion on film. Not only will you have a record of the wedding for your own pleasure, but imagine the joy of the happy couple to receive prints of events that the professional photographer did not see or wasn't asked to cover.
Many professional wedding photographers no longer shoot the "table shots" of the guests because these photos don't usually get purchased by the bride and groom. This is the perfect opportunity for the amatuer ohotographer. In order for the picture to look really professional, have some of the people at the table stand up and move behind those still seated and take a group shot. Avoid showing the entire table complete with half-eaten food, instead concentrate on the faces of the guests.
Remember,the bride and groom can't be at every table to take part in the festivities so candid photos from these cameras can show the guests having fun in a way that professional photographers aren't likely to capture.
If you want to take photos at a church, synagogue, mosque or chapel, take your cues from the professional photographer hired by the bridal couple. If you see that he or she is not taking photos at the ceremony, chances are it is because the clergy told the photographer not to do so. Respect the tradition and don't take pictures. The same thing holds true for flash photography. Some places of worship will allow it at the ceremony, others will not. If you see that the pro is shooting, then take an aisle seat. It's the best place to get nice close shots of the couple that fill the frame as they leave the church.
Be respectful of the professional photographer. Don't get in their way. The bride and groom have hired a professional and you don't want to ruin these photos