Registry Office Wedding Shooting (first time) - Advice wanted

Registry Office Wedding Shooting (first time) - Advice wanted

14 posts
29 Jan 2014
YellowSnapper
Photographer
YellowSnapper
Having never been in a registry office, I'm a bit out of touch with what to expect this weekend when I shoot a last minute wedding.

I have shot a couple of wedidngs before, but any 'register office specific' hints and tips you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Posted 29 Jan 2014
It really depends what type of registrar office it is, my sisters "registrar office" wedding was more like a posh castle or hotel suite with stained glass windows like a church it was beautiful rather than a boring room with 4 chairs. Have you been given the name of where it is and what suite it is? might help to go down and visit before hand if you have time or look online to see what the space is like.

Posted 29 Jan 2014
Edited by Chrissie_Red 29 Jan 2014
marksilvester
Photographer
marksilvester
Ask the registrar what they permit and where they want you to stand. Often flash cant be used during the actual ceremony.

Also dont forget you cant photograph the official signing of the register only the mock up.

Get there early and have a look at the room if possible then really its just doing what you are allowed to.

Posted 29 Jan 2014
RonA
Photographer
RonA
All of the above - important to try and do a recce.

You might not have the luxury of being able to take unhurried shots if the next wedding party is immediately  following the ceremony you're photographing.

It is best to try and talk to the officiating registrar ahead of the appointed date and time

cheeky
Posted 29 Jan 2014
Edited by RonA 29 Jan 2014
rod_m99
Photographer
rod_m99
marksilvester
Ask the registrar what they permit and where they want you to stand. Often flash cant be used during the actual ceremony. Also dont forget you cant photograph the official signing of the register only the mock up. Get there early and have a look at the room if possible then really its just doing what you are allowed to.
At my son's wedding at Islington Town Hall last June there seemed to be no problem with shooting the actual signing of the register. Overall I had the impression that the whole process has become a lot more relaxed - flash was permitted during the ceremony, for example. Whether that's just trendy Islington, or a more general change, I don't know!
Posted 29 Jan 2014
LauraLily
Photographer
LauraLily
Yes - Most important thing you can do is find out what you are actually permitted to do. I've done a lot of registry office weddings and a lot of them do seem to have restrictions, so it's best to ring up in advance and find out what these are so you can advise your couple of this - otherwise they may be disappointed.

Some registry offices will allow you to photograph select parts of the ceremony, some will allow you to do the whole thing, but very few will allow you to use flash.

Also, another tip I discovered while doing registry office weddings, did you know it is actually an infringement of data protection laws to photograph the official register? While most places won't scorn you too much for taking pictures of the official signing, legally you could actually find yourself with a fine!

Once you've found out what you can and can't do, make sure you call your couple and make them aware of all this so that they know exactly what they are getting.

Posted 30 Jan 2014
Allinthemind
Photographer
Allinthemind
Do a search on the actual Register Office to find out their photography policy. There is a huge variation across the country as to what they will and won't allow. Also smile and ask nicely...
Posted 31 Jan 2014
YellowSnapper
Photographer
YellowSnapper
Thanks all... any last monute tips on shooting before the morning?

I have a new 10-24mm.... but i reckon it'd be pointless using this???!??

Posted 31 Jan 2014
stufreeman
Photographer
stufreeman
Do not speak to the couple during the ceremony, it's classed as 'contempt of court'. I suffered the wrath for calling the grooms name to get his attention during the exchange of rings........I miss all that.

Posted 31 Jan 2014
YellowSnapper
Photographer
YellowSnapper
stufreeman

Do not speak to the couple during the ceremony, it's classed as 'contempt of court'. I suffered the wrath for calling the grooms name to get his attention during the exchange of rings........I miss all that.


Never knew that (not that I would want to draw everyones attention to myself.
You miss it, why?
Posted 31 Jan 2014
Allinthemind
Photographer
Allinthemind
A "Court" is risen at the beginning of the ceremony. Then verbal promises are made in front of witnesses. A good old fashioned contract. I never "rise" when They ask me to..
Posted 1 Feb 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
Find out which one they're using and ask if you can pop down and take a look. It would be much better to be prepared and have ideas for possible locations for shots than just winging it on the day.

Posted 1 Feb 2014
stufreeman

Do not speak to the couple during the ceremony, it's classed as 'contempt of court'. I suffered the wrath for calling the grooms name to get his attention during the exchange of rings........I miss all that.



My god... I didn't know it was contempt of court but bloody hell if my wedding photographer started saying my future husbands name out during my ceremony next month I would be a little pi$$ed.. and embarassed!
Posted 1 Feb 2014
YellowSnapper
Photographer
YellowSnapper
All done!

Went quite well, although I did screw up a few pics due to the whole thing moving so quickly and not being prepared for the inside/ outside bits.

Deffo happy to take on further reg office weddings.

Cheers all!

Posted 2 Feb 2014
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