Because, you know, COVID.
Share this lovely day with your far away loved ones! This is a quick post, here my photographer-perspective tips:
-Test test test! Make sure you get internet connection easily at the ceremony spot. Test the exact way you plan to connect to prevent freak-outs on the day-of.
-Invite your virtual guests, make them feel special and welcome. Emotions are running wild this year, let's make people feel loved a missed! On the invite, include all login details, make sure they login 5-10 minutes before the ceremony begins and include your time zone in your invite.
-Which program to use? I'm not a tech-person so I don't know much but I do know the free version of Zoom is limited. Consider FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or any other program you've been using this year. Make sure there are no ads, time limits or other distractions that would interrupt. Bonus feature is if you can mute your virtual guests so you aren't distracted by their noise as you exchange vows.
-Try to use an iPad, laptop or a propped up phone instead of someone being in charge of holding the phone/iPad. If one of your in-person guests is holding a device then I'll be less likely to capture candids of them enjoying the ceremony because they'll be looking at + fiddling with it throughout. I highly recommend unplugged weddings to encourage all who are present to be in the moment while I handle the photo-taking!
-Place the iPad, laptop or phone as out of sight as possible during the ceremony. Don't block anyone's view who is there in person! Don't worry if we see a bit of laptop in your wedding photos, that' part of the story of your wedding day!