Capturing a feel of the venue is an important part of the wedding story. I don’t tend to set up detail photos, except maybe a hanging photo of the dress, but I enjoy capturing the general ambiance of the location as found. It adds depth to the story.
Let’s face it, sometimes the primary motivation for a ceremony or reception location is simply that it holds enough guests and is affordable. In my early days I’ve photographed my share of receptions in cinderblock Elk’s lodges and VFW halls where the venue is nothing but a building and, in fact, is better glossed over in the photos. However, when you pick a location like The Rocking J Ranch for your wedding day, you’re looking for the atmosphere that the venue offers. That’s when details really matter.
People, emotions, and moments are always my top priority, but I can usually find a few moments to capture some details of the location.