There are many wonderful photographers out there and some have more experience
in taking photos which you may be able to tell just by looking at their photo
techniques and editing skills. Today's post focuses on why
you should hire someone who knows about the military. The photographer you like
may be the most amazing talented photographer but you should make sure that
they either have experience with military rules, regulations, customs
and traditions or you should take the time way before your
event to discuss these with them. NOT ON THE DAY OF YOUR EVENT. Here are 7
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1. Make sure the photographer has
Base/Post access and knows where to go on the
base! They will need very important documents to even get on
base. Plus bases are very big and I, Layla, have been lost a few times on Fort
Stewart, GA. Your time is precious, so you don’t want your photographer to get
lost or worse, not even let on base. An experience military photographer will
allow enough time to get on base, know what documents they need, won't get lost
and will have enough time to set up and be prepared for a deployment or
homecoming session, and most importantly, your wedding ceremony!!
2. Make sure the photographer
understands rules and regulations of a
military establishment. There are so many and probably too much to discuss here
today, so make sure your photographer knows.
3. Make sure the
photographer understands military terms and lingo, they
may be a little uneasy at the sight of a "TANK CROSSING" sign or the
sudden wave or sound from exploding ordinance from training Soldiers or
4. Make sure the photographer
knows the importance of special ceremonies and traditions.
What's going on, who's going to do what, when and where? Again are there
certain rules, customs and courtesies for these ceremonies. (You don't
want your photographer in the way of an 8 Marine Sword Details or be in the
wrong spot to miss the big kiss!)
5. Make sure the photographer
is able to help with military questions. Kelly explains, "A
lot of the time brides are civilians and haven't been around the military
community very long, so when we meet for the first time at their complementary
consultation I can offer them a lot of helpful tips with planning the wedding
from a photographic sense, setting up the sword detail, the "slap
on the butt" at the end of the sword detail, and cutting the cake
with the officers sword."
6. Make sure the
photographer takes pictures of the important military details i.e.
Swords, ID tags etc
7. Make sure the
photographer knows the proper positions and movements, who's
who of important guests and lastly but not least – making the Bride feel
comfortable and confident in one of the most beautiful ceremonies filled with
years of tradition and military honors.
Below you will find some of our hand-picked military wedding photographs,
illustrating those movements, customs and courtesies.
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