Church Wedding Photos

– Julie Oswin


Church Wedding Photos – Signing the Register

Capture the moment, not set it up!

As a photographer, I prefer to capture the signing of the Register as naturally as possible as it creates a more natural and believable image of the wedding day. As opposed to the ‘staged’ photograph of the signing of the Register.

This picture featured this week (above) is of the bride signing one of three marriage registration documents, completely off-the-cuff, natural photograph.

The image below, however, is of the Bride & Groom and a ‘staged’ wedding shot of the couple pretending to sign the Register with a false pen and a blank page.   Permission to photograph the signing of the registers is at the discretion of the Church or the Superintendent Registrar.  

As a professional photographer, you must always adhere to their instruction and wishes. Try not to sneak a quick snap. If a ‘staged’ photograph is requested by the Vicar or Superintendent Registrar, then this takes place after the official signing, or in some Churches after the wedding ceremony has been completed.  But, keep it as natural and ‘believeable‘ as possible. 

‘Staged’ signing shot
Signing Register
Barn Owl
Ring Bearer
Group Photographs
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