In-Depth Wedding Photography Seminar with a Staged Wedding

Without the hands-on experience that comes only from attending a live ceremony, it’s challenging to improve wedding photography or to envision the techniques of master wedding photographers. But this presentation givesĀ us a chance to see an acclaimed wedding photographer at work by staging and recording a mock wedding at the West Side Jewish Center in New York. The seminar was presented by Andy Marcus. His portfolio includes the weddings of Kelsey Grammer, Donald Trump, and many other celebrities. Follow along as he demonstrates his wedding work flow:

During the full-length video seminar, Marcus touches on his equipment, camera settings, lighting, logistics, and interacting with clients. Marcus’s helpful tips, along with his gift for story-telling through images, show us what it takes to be a professional wedding photographer.


“It’s about the consistency of the work. It’s about story telling.”

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2 responses to “In-Depth Wedding Photography Seminar with a Staged Wedding”

  1. Walt Mateja says:

    I’ve photographed weddings as a full-time professional for 45 years. I hope that your second photo showing where the photographer is standing is a suggestion for re-posing the ceremony shots.

    While a Rabbi or Secular Minister might permit the photographer to shoot over their shoulder, MOST Priests, or Ministers would toss you out on your ear if you tried photographing that way during the actual ceremony. It is supremely distracting and takes away from the sanctity of the moment.

    Also, with the couple facing each other, the best angle for getting the rings, the Kiss and then being ready for the Recessional, is on the other side of them and facing the celebrant.

    Professionals usually try to blend into the woodwork and NOT draw attention to themselves and away from the Bride and Groom. (Especially the Bride, because let’s face it, the Groom is really a prop!).

  2. Gilbert Carrillo says:

    Very interesting video. I am not a professional photographer, by any means. However, I am very proud of my work. I always try to improve and learn something after every shoot. There are, without very much surprise, many things that “professionals” do that are entirely opposite to each other’s actions. I agree with Walt, 99% of my weddings are catholic. The priest would never allow me to get on the altar. “You can take pictures from the floor, but you can not stand on the steps, that is part of the altar.”, I have been told by different priests at different churches. I respect everyones work and value their opinion. This was nice and simple lighting used. Have a great Memorial Day!!!

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