I did my first commissioned wedding in November 2012. It involved a lot of preparations. There was a constant exchange of communication between parties and Facebook was truly helpful. Since most people have their Facebook account opened most of the time. My clients and I discussed what type of shots I’m thinking of doing and what type of shots they wanted to have. It became a long list of desired traditional shots. Traditional means, you have to pose the subjects and let them move and freeze with your direction. We also visited the church for their wedding ceremony venue, together with Nonie Cabrera who was my co-photographer. We’ve paid a courtesy visit to the priest, talked about house rules and got offered by the latter to do ocular inspection of the church interiors. Of which we were grateful. We studied and actually did travel the various routes, to know how much time we really need between different destinations involved (e.g. from home to Bride’s Prep venue, to church and to reception venue). We’ve looked for the fastest route through most narrow roads and avoid the city traffic, just to get there on time.
One good characteristic of an excellent photojournalistic wedding photographer is to work quietly and nearly invisible. But, how?
On the day of the event, I turned up at the Bride’s place at 6:30 in the morning (that was the agreed time). Did shots on mimute details of accessories, had a little chat with the family and took all the necessary shots before heading off to church. My second shooter was already waiting outside church to get some snaps on Bride's arrival, together with parents & few guests waiting at the churchyard. I arrived with two EOS Canon 5D Mark lll, one mounted with my Canon EF-70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM, and the other one with my Canon EF 24-70mm/2.8 II USM. Both clipped to dual Black Rapid strap. I did shoot on full-time manual drive, and also made sure I minimized the shutter noise. That alone is a big factor in working efficiently and quietly. I should call it a Ninja photography. Choosing a quiet continuous shooting mode did allow me to get a shot right behind the guests inside the church without giving them a shock from a loud shutter sound as you snap and click. Not to mention, we didn't use any flash at all while in church. In general, we managed to maintain the sanctity of the place and the solemnity of the ceremony. Having a quiet camera and no distracting flashes, we created magic in capturing the mixed emotions of the day from different angles of the church. The images we captured were photojournalistic photographs. We captured the moments when people thought no one was watching or documenting. This is the new era of photography. Unobtrusive, respectful and sublime.