St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is tucked away amongst the many fields and farms in the southern portion of Valparaiso, Indiana. I've shot many weddings there with Evan and Stephanie being my most recent.
After spending time with bride and bridesmaids taking Getting ready photographs, I will often meet up with groom and his groomsmen at the site of the ceremony for pictures. I took Evan and his guys to a farm field in back of the church for a Reservoir Dogs like image. The black and white treatment worked really well for the tough guy look we were going for.
Stpehanie and Evan requested what i call the bride and groom peek-a-boo shot before the ceremony. It was an emotional, yet fun moment as I placed them on each side of the door while holding hands. Soon he would be seeing her walking down the aisle in her dress for the first time.
As Stephanie prepared, I was able to sneak in some family wedding photos on the groom's side as guests were arriving...
I always meet with the pastor or priest at any wedding to go over their rules. At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, the wedding photographer must shoot from the last pews during the ceremony and not fire any flash. This was no problem as I was able to zoom in on many wonderful candid moments of the bride and groom as well as family.
An important part of capturing photographs at a church wedding ceremony, is showing off the architecture of the building in wide angle shots such as this one. I love too capture the up close moments as well as the granduer of the wedding day.
After Evan and Stephanie exited the church amidst a sea of bubbles, we immediately started family photos.
For this dramatic looking shot, I simply put our beautiful bride on the edge of the altar and shot upwards to reveal the rays of light streaming in through the windows of this wonderful church. My assistant illuminated the bride with some soft light just out of range of the camera.
For wedding party pictures inside a church, I will organize everyone for an elegant looking photo with the idea that afterwards we will go to another location for some fun group shots.