All Saints Episcopal Church Photographer
One of my favorite churches to photograph wedding ceremonies is All Saints Church, an Episcopal church in Pasadena. It's part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. As a wedding photographer, capturing wedding photographs at this venue is not as easy as it might seem. Although the Gothic Revival grandeur of this house of worship and the amazing examples of stained glass are most impressive, photographers are presented with several restrictions in terms of capturing the ceremony. Most notably, wedding photographers must remain at the rear of the church in either the foyer or the balcony. This means that we cannot approach the altar or enter the area of the church where the pews reside. Although I'm expert in capturing these kinds of ceremony traditions with telephoto camera lenses, the intimacy of processional photos must be captured from behind, at the rear or the church. That being said, some of my favorite processional photographs have been captured at All Saints Episcopal Church, an absolutely wonderful Pasadena venue. To help my clients create more memorable ceremony photographs, I've developed several hints and tips for clients that can help improve the intimacy of those moments, both prior to and during the wedding processional and recessional.
In reference to the history of the building itself, construction began in 1923 guided by architects Roland Coate, Reginald Johnson, and Gordon Kaufmann. The buildings boast Arts and Crafts details, with the most notable and visible details being the stone walls that were quarried from Bouquet Canyon in Southern California. The floor tiles were manufactured by Ernest Batchelder, a famous Pasadena tile maker from the Arts and Crafts movement. The church also showcases Tiffany windows that were original from the 1889 church. Other windows were rendered in an Arts and Crafts style based on the original work of William Morris, but executed by Horace Judson. There is extensive use of oak throughout the church. During your wedding ceremony, I'll be photographing some of those details including carved thistles, pomegranates and acorns and the spectacularly detailed lectern and pulpit. The sconces and chandeliers are made of wrought iron and provide only subtle light. Therefore, as a wedding photographer here, my equipment and knowledge of this venue is critical to ensure that your wedding is captured beautifully.
Although First Congregational Church in Los Angeles is more impressive in scale and is one of my favorite churches for weddings, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena remains my favorite indoor religious venue in the area to photograph.
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