It's official! The bride and groom are now husband and wife, and it's time to cut loose and have some fun. The reception marks a joyous occasion and even formal sophisticated receptions are still, at their core, a party to celebrate the joining of two people in marriage. No more pressure; the long months of planning are over and it's time relax—unless you are the photographer.
With so many different moments to capture at the reception, I am usually very busy from start to finish. Photographing this part of the day's events can be broken down into two distinct subjects: the still life images of reception details and the action shots of the bride, groom and guests. Because you will be shooting from a variety of locations during the reception it is imperative to keep your gear together and organized. You don't want to have to keep running back to your bag in the middle of shooting or find that you don't have an important lens during a key event. Know the schedule of events planned for the reception and have the right gear with you at the right time.
One other piece of advice—eat when you can. Weddings make for long days of shooting.
Being hungry ...