Although reception introductions can be fun to watch, photographing them well can be tricky. This is an opportunity for the bridal party personalities to really shine on the wedding day, so you want to make sure that you set yourself up for success! Today we’re sharing our best tips for how to photograph bridal party introductions.
We always recommend connecting with the DJ before any reception events start. They are going to be in charge of making all of the announcements and running the show for the reception, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re on the same page. Usually, they’ve told the bridal party which door to enter, the path in which they’ll walk to the dance floor, as well as where they do their “dance moves” if they plan to do anything fun. Knowing all of this info beforehand will keep you from scrambling after people start entering.
Once you know where the bridal party will be entering, next you’ll want to select your widest lens. Personally, I love to use my 24-70 or my 35. I prefer a wide lens for entrances because a lot of the time, you don’t really have much room to move around. Sometimes, the bridal party will do something along the lines of tossing the bouquet like a football or reeling in a fish. Either way, there’s a good chance that they will be a few feet apart from each other and you’ll need a wide lens to get both people in the frame.
We also recommending setting your focus to continuous focus (AF-C for Nikon or Al Servo AF for Canon). This will help you track the bridal party as they are walking toward you so that you’re more easily able to get them in focus.
If you’re using a flash (which, we 100% recommend that you do unless it’s an outdoor reception with lots of natural light), we recommend that you set your flash settings to TTL. This way, the flash power automatically adjusts so that your subject is properly exposed as they walk closer to your camera. (If you want to learn more about flash, check out our Reception Lighting Guide here!)
Finally, if you have a second shooter with you, they can either stand close by you & photograph the entrances on a different focal length, or you can have them focus on just the dance floor (or vice versa). It’s completely up to you & your preferences.