I'd like to share some insider info of our work as a photographer.
One of the challenges of a wedding is the reception. That is the definition of "you have to work with what you get" and make the best out of it. May it be the poor indoor lighting or the tight space in-between the tables to maneuver around, all that while trying not knock anything or anyone over, plus somehow trying to maintain a clear line of sight on what you're trying to capture. Also if you can find an empty corner for your light stand which happens to be in an ideal position, now that's a miracle most of the time. :)
But today what I'd like to share with you could be useful when making decoration choices.
Let's have a look on the image below, what is the first thing coming in mind?
Looks decent, doesn't it?
Well as it may be indeed, it's a beautiful setup really. Although for a photographer a man tall flower on every table could easily be a nightmare.
If you have a look on the next one, I show you why. (Image is blurred due to privacy and data protection, but you may still get the idea.)
It's a nice addition to the table, but it also becomes a huge obstacle challenge when precious moments arise and you are on the other side of the flower not being able to capture it. If you're a photographer. :)
Sometimes you are just not that lucky with the angle:
It can be tricky enough to steer around people, throw some tall decoration in there too, and you can make sure your photographer will break a sweat. :D
Also these can be a little awkward if your guests can't see each other on the opposite seats. At least I do feel that when I must lean on one side just to hold a conversation.
After a couple "bad" examples, let me show you what I think is a good one!
Disclaimer: "bad" to the photographer (me at least, as I can't speak for others). Don't get me wrong, these are looking really nice each and every one of them and I'm sure all the couples had a fantastic day thinking it's just the perfect wedding. Well, for them surely it was, but my concern is not how it looks, but how it is getting in my way. This blog is not about aesthetics or taste. It is only about practicality when it comes to photography. So please take everything I write here with a grain of salt. :)
Nicely decorated head table, yet you can see everyone, no view is blocked.
This was a really good example how a well organised and decorated place should be like.
No obstruction anywhere, the photographer can move freely even when people are seated. Everybody can see everybody. :)
So my final saying here if couples take my word for it, that things should be kept simple and clean.