I wanted to give some tips/rant to wedding guests for today’s post. Something I’ve encountered at more than half of the weddings I’ve shot, is the over eager wedding guest that’s taking tons of photos with their dslr.
First, let me say that I love when people are passionate about photography as a hobby. I’m all for people shooting everything, everyday if it makes them happy and helps them improve their skills. There are, however, a few times and places when you should stand down and not shoot so much. One of those times is during a wedding where the bride and groom have paid thousands of dollars for a professional to take their photos.
Here are some of the things I’ve encountered over the years:
-Bossy aunt with a photography degree is yelling over my shoulder at the bridal party and trying to pose them. She was calling for shots too. This is NOT ok! Never take their eyes away from the photographer while they are shooting. Wait for them to finish and snag a shot if it doesn’t hold anything up. Also, its considered poor form to shoot over my shoulder and steal my shots if I’ve posed the bride and groom. Btw, the bride didn’t like the pose that the aunt had set up. I also heard the aunt was trashing my photos after they were done and she was trying to talk the mom out of paying me. Lucky for me, at the end of the day, a good photo will speaks for itself.
-A woman with a DSLR was roaming around taking photos like she was hired for the wedding. She did this at 2 weddings I was hired to shoot. I don’t mind people taking photos at weddings, but if you’re constantly in my shots, I’m going to get mad. The bride and groom are going to be mad too if you’re photo bombing their photos all day. Also, if you upset the photographer, theres a good chance you won’t be in any photos on facebook. If you must take photos all day, keep an eye on the photographer and try to stay to the side of the lens. If you’re directly across from me, you’re probably ruining my shot or forcing me to take an angle I don’t want.
-An uncle flew in from another country and proceeded to take video of the ceremony with his iphone. He thought the best spot for that would be standing up near the altar, blocking me and my camera of a good vantage point. I eventually had to push him out of the way. I actually like people taking photos with their iphones during weddings. I always try to snap a few shots of their screen because it makes for an interesting image. Shoot all you want with your iphone, just be mindful of the guy with $5000 in gear around his neck.
I think thats enough ranting for now. If you’re really into photography, you can learn a lot by watching a professional work. So, instead of trying to steal their shots, or get a weird angle on one of their shots, leave the camera in your bag, just watch and take mental notes. What gear are they using? Where is the light? How are they interacting with their subjects?