What is photography?

          Photography is an art, application, and practice of creating durable images. Many people call photography “Vision” or “imagination” or “seeing,” it all comes down to the same thing, that is, the ability to envision a final result in your mind’s eye and then to make it so with tools at hand. A person who takes the photo is called a PHOTOGRAPHER while the tools used for photography is called a “camera.”

Wedding Photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage, as well as coverage of the actual wedding and reception. Most photographers provide a set of proofs in the form of 4x5 or 4x6 prints, “magazine” of images with thumbnail-sized pictures on multiple pages. Alternatively, they offer an online proof gallery. Some wedding photographers usually have an assistant that would help them hold and carry tools around for the photographer while others stand as a one-person army.

          As a Greek-wedding is a one-time event, the Greek wedding photographer must be prepared for the unexpected. Shooting a Greek wedding is both exhausting and exhilarating as the photographer is continually looking for right angles and opportunities for candid shots. Communication and time planning time-lines before the event will alleviate many of the stress associated with photographing a Greek wedding

          In a Greek wedding, the photographer is expected to be on time and punctual because he/she has just once to prove how good he/she is. During a Greek Orthodox wedding, the photographer is expected to have good shots of the bride and groom. He/she is supposed to take more shots of the couple placing the rings on the tips of the ring fingers. Chances are to be taken during ‘’koumbaros’’. More shots of the couple lifting their candles during the service are needed. ‘’Crowning’’ in a Greek Orthodox ceremony is important as it is a vital part of the marriage rite. After the crowning is completed, the ’’ceremonial walk’’ follows. This is another vital part because the bride and the groom take their first step as a married couple. I am very sure the bride and groom would wait anxiously to see the photos of their first step as a couple.

          The second half of the marriage starts which is the reception. The couple walks into the reception venue dancing with a long queue behind them. The couple smiles, dance happily knowing that the photographer is taking excellent and neat shots of the event. The reception takes place, there is food, and everyone is happy and merry, but the photographer has more work to do because as he/she tries to focus the camera on the couple, obstructions come at anywhere and at any time, so the photographer has to be mobile in order to ensure smooth and perfect pictures.

    Finally, in Greek wedding photography, it is a beautiful art that brings a wedding alive. It is the center of any wedding. It is the once in a lifetime experience which is ‘’marriage’’.

Published by M Yousuf