April 13, 2023
This is a question that I get often and the answer is yes! In fact, I love photographing church weddings for a few reasons.
As a child, I grew up in a Catholic household. I experienced Catholic masses and I understand the Catholic religion. So, when you ask me to photograph a Catholic wedding… I already know that this is going to be a lengthy mass and I’m okay with that. In fact, I love it!
“You love it? Why??”
Another reason why I love photographing Catholic Weddings is because of the gorgeous architecture inside the churches.
And lastly, since the mass is long, it gives me the opportunity to grab all those beautiful detail photos. Photos you wouldn’t even imagine. Photos of you and your fiancé taking in all of the wisdom your Priest gives, photos of your guests during prayer with no noise or distractions and lastly, the beautiful detail of your church.
As your wedding photographer, I understand a Catholic wedding will mean low light and can often times be strict. I’ve learned where most Catholic Churches are the same, no flash and you cannot stand on the altar or past a certain pew, some allow it. Regardless, as your wedding photographer, I can assure you I know my way around a Catholic wedding ceremony and a Catholic Church. I know what lens to bring and what lighting to have (if I can even use it)
If you are about to head into a Catholic wedding, be prepared. Ask in advance what the stipulations are as far as where you can and cannot stand, at what pew you can’t pass and if you can use flash, although the answer is probably no. Check anyways.
I would also have 2 lens on hand. I highly recommend the 70-200 because chances are you can’t pass a certain pew (by the way a pew are the seats in the church, if you didn’t know 😉). The 70-200 will help you get those detail shots of the bride and groom at the altar and the guest in prayer (my ultimate favorite). Also have a wider lens, my go too is the 35 and it works perfectly to get the entirety of the church.