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Top 4 Methods To Stay Low-Key During a Ceremony





During a ceremony, there are so moments that we can capture. There are so many shots that need to be taken during a typically short period of time. On average, the ceremonies I photograph are between 10-15 minutes long. If I get lucky, I will work a 20-30 minute ceremony. One of my main characteristics as a photographer is remaining subtle, discreet, or even unseen during the event to maintain the solemnity and intimacy of the wedding. After all, who wants to hear the noise of the shutter constantly clicking, or the flash of a camera constantly lighting up in an intimate setting? Here are four tips to maintaining less of a distraction as possible.
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If at all possible, restrain from using flash. A handful of years ago, cameras weren’t as powerful in low light conditions. Today, there’s really no excuse. If you’re not in a pitch black environment, crank up that ISO. Pretend you’re a ninja, and capture the day. The guests will appreciate you, the bride and groom will be thankful they can hear each others' vows, and you and your flash will be less of a distraction.
I’m not saying that it is bad to use a flash during the ceremony. In fact, I love using flash for some creative pictures. If you’re using flash, keep it to a minimum. Compose your shot, wait for the right moment, and click the shutter.


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If you have enough space, use a telephoto lens (ie. 70-200mm). I love to act like a ninja. I mean, I won’t go around running in circles and jumping around the walls, but I prefer to be unseen. I believe, that as a wedding photographer, the ceremony is the most sacred part of the day. Sure, I will get up close and give directions during the preparation, formal, and family portraits. However, I believe that it’s our job as wedding photographers to capture the ceremony without, well, being up close to their face.



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Because the processional, the prayer, the biblical readings, the vows, the ring exchange, and so on and so forth happen so fast, I love to carry around 2 cameras with different lenses. One is a wide angle lens, and the other is a telephoto lens.  Instead of constantly switching lenses throughout the ceremony, I just grab my other camera off my waist (I use a Spiderholster and sometimes a Holdfast Moneymaker) and continue shooting right along. It saves a ton of time. You don’t have to carry your bag around or run back to it to switch lenses, and it makes the job so much easier!

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Keep movement and clicking to a minimum.  That’s what sets a wedding photographer and a photographer that specializes in a different field (newborns, boudoir, seniors) apart.  Wedding photographers know the flow of a ceremony and what’s about to happen next. Because we know what’s about to happen, we know where to place ourselves to get the best angle. Instead of walking back and forth, we work effectively and efficiently.  Same goes with clicking of the shutter. The volume of the clicking shutter can vary from camera to camera. However, if you’re in a church or a hall that echoes every sound, the constant clicking of a shutter can be, well, a big distraction. It almost reminds me of a person walking over crickety old floors while trying to keep the baby asleep. The clicking of a shutter amplifies in certain venues. Again, focus, compose, wait for the right moment, then click.


I hope these few tips help you photogs out there! There are a ton of other factors that can help you  stay discreet, and, as I like to call it, go “Ninja-Style”. However, these are the few most common I would recommend.

On a side note, I am really excited for the Light L16 camera to come out. Have any of you out there hear about this? There is so much new technology within this compact gear, that all of this might be a thing of the past.  Seriously-- I've been patiently waiting for it to come out. It's crazy how many functions this camera can do in its' compact size. I'm SO ready for it to come out so I can bring it in all my travels!

For you bride's out there, remember, it's not the camera that takes a good picture, it's the artist behind the camera. Sure, anyone can compose a picture. However, the client experience, the way your photographer manages the day, the posing, and the editing plays a big part in the end product.

Enjoy and happy shooting!

Angel

0 comments Location: 510 Shetter Ave, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USA

Kevin and Ashley's Jacksonville Beach Wedding | Coastal Occassions

Venue: Coastal Occasions at Casa Bella Village
Flowers: Dottie Grey
Hair & Make up: Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist
Cake: Alleycakes Dessert Company
DJ: James Struchten
Photographer: Angelita Esparar Photography

Wedding Gown: BHLDN

The few weeks leading up to the day of their wedding, I was a little nervous of what the beach would look like. Both Kevin and Ashley love the beach-- Kevin is a surfer, and it just makes sense for them to get married there. As most Jacksonville residents know, hurricane Matthew came by and damaged a lot of the homes by the beach, and left a lot of residue on the beach itself. However, I would say, it actually left a lot of character to the whole look. 

The wind was really strong that day-- and you may notice that we switched the side of the bride/bridesmaids and groom/groomsmen--and I am so HAPPY that they did. The wind blew her dress into the air beautifully! 

Also, there's this small venue close by at the Casa Bella Village, Coastal Occassions owned by Ambre Goff. It has so much character-- I am so in love with that place! Ashley, the bride, went with the succulent theme for her decorations that blended well with the whole look of Coastal Occassions. Check it out! 

0 comments Location: 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

Gary and Lauren's Romantic Evening Wedding | Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Venues: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Riverside Baptist Church
Coordinator: Christina Kopecki with Christina Kreations
Lighting: Mark Grandin with Mark Grandin Events
Gown: Lazaro
Cake: Biscottis
Band: Bobby Moore & The Rythm Aces
Videographer: Ron with JaxVideo 

Silhouette Artist: The Silhouette Lady, Jeanine Owen

When I met Gary and Lauren a year well before they got married, I knew this would be a wedding I would look forward to. They didn't go with the trend and planned a classic, romantic, evening themed wedding. Their ceremony was candle lit at the Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. It was a perfect location to have a low lit ceremony. The warmth of the light complimented the general atmosphere of the location. It had a lot of character, thus adding to the beauty of the whole look.  

I generally spread all the formal photos before and after the ceremony. This time, almost all the formal photos were taken before the Ceremony. Gary and Lauren are both social butterflies, and their cocktail hour was definitely something they didn't want to miss! They even had a silhouette artist that entertained the guests and created wonderful masterpieces within a swift amount of time.




0 comments Location: Hermitage Museum and Gardens, 7637 N Shore Rd, Norfolk, VA 23505, USA

Mark and Michelle's wedding | The Heritage Museum and Gardens Norfolk VA

Preparation: Founders Inn, Viriginia Beach
Ceremony: Iglesia Ni Cristo
Reception: Heritage Museum and Gardens
Florist: Mary Jean Hechanova
Cake: Hummingbird Macarons www.hummingbirdmacarons.com
DJ: Paul Michael David
Make Up: Raymond Dimaano 
Bridal Gown: Maya Couture Justin Alexander Zip up with Buttons
Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way



0 comments Location: 11 E Church St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA

Steve and Mallary's Wedding | Church of Eleven22 and Marsh Landing Country Club Wedding

Venue: Church of Eleven22
Reception: Marsh Landing Country Club
Make-up & Hair: Erin Foster
Florist: Pat Cyrus
Cake: Publix
DJ: Tony Cinca
Wedding Attire: Michael's Formalwear & Bridal
 


0 comments Location: Epping Forest Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32217, USA

Daniel & Caitlin's Wedding | Epping Forest Yacht Club, Jacksonville, FL

Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club
Florist: Bonnie Arnold 
DJ: DJ - Scott Thompson 
Hair: Once Upon a Stylist 

To view more, click here.

This collection of images will be slightly different. Typically, I like to post details of when the bride gets ready to the exit. These images will just be random moments I fell in love with while editing their pictures. It was an unusual day-- and when I say unusual, I mean it rained ALL day long. We were in the most picturesque location of Jacksonville, FL. However, their emotions for one another outshined what any location could have made beautiful.


0 comments Location: 7743 Alphons St, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Ryan and Jaime's Wedding | Bowing Oaks Plantation

Venue: Bowing Oaks Plantation
Videography: Imprint Cinemas 
Florist: Valerie Kelley
Cake: Christina and Timothy Meadows
DJ: DJ Jacob Towe 
Hair Artist: Linda Justivino from Expressions 904-269-0404
Make-up Artist: Ashley Weeks
Bridal Gown: Love A Bridal Boutique 
Tuxes: Men's Warehouse

To view more photos from Jaime and Ryan's wedding, click here


0 comments Location: Orange Park, FL 32073, USA

Christina and Adam's Wedding | Club Continental Wedding Orange Park, FL

Venue: Club Continental
Wedding Coordinator: Southern Charm Wedding & Events Tanya Hendricks
Rentals: Southern Charm Wedding & Events Tanya Hendricks
Videography: Jon Noeth Videography
Florist: The Anti Bride
Cake & Dessert Table: Alley Cakes
DJ: Footloose Entertainment
Hair and Make-Up: Beautiful Faces by Erin
Wedding Gown: One Fine Day Bridal

When Christina and Adam hired me for their wedding, you must know how excited I was. I loved everyone she hired for her wedding--a truly great team. Everyone did such an amazing job from the make up and hair, wedding coordinator, flowers, videographer, and cake! Oh wow that cake was amazing. I usually am not that into eating wedding cake. I am sure you can imagine how often I get that opportunity, but this one here smelled sooo delicious I couldn't resist. I was lucky enough to bring some home and share the goodness with my husband.

Anyways, here's a preview of the wedding. You can view a bit more by clicking here as well.


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Chris and Sara's Garden Wedding | San Marco Preservation Hall

Vendors:
San Marco Preservation Hall
Diane Musseau - D Grace Flowers and Events https://www.facebook.com/dgraceflowers
Pretty Simple Bridal- designed by Robin McLendon (M Couture Creations) and Sara, made by Robin
Teehla at JCPenney at the Avenues 
J. Crew Bridal
Men's Warehouse
All About Events - rentals - (Jeff Grotto)
Catering By Liz Grenadier - catering (Harmony Morris)
Gottlieb and Sons from Underwoods - (Lindsey Gagnon) 

To view a lot more, click here 


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