12 Nov How to accommodate guest photographer: Tips for wedding guests
Last we checked, the wedding guest with the shutterbug itch was classified “dangerous” in the wedding handbook. You can spot them easily. They aren’t sweating, squatting, or swearing at missed opportunities. Their typical weapon of choice is a smartphone. Most often you’ll find them at vantage points, the best of locations to shoot from. Also at the most inappropriate of locations in a photographer’s image too, wrecking what could have been a moment captured for eternity that would’ve brought great happiness to the bride and the groom. Are you one of them?
All of us love taking photos, but let’s face it: the bride and groom have hired a professional to make sure the best of moments aren’t missed. And that the most beautiful, aesthetic images are made with the most skillful, experienced hands shooting with the “right” equipment. As wedding guests, we’re expected to pile on the goodness and joy, not dilute it by making a photographer’s job difficult.
Photo enthusiasts can get their share of fun, too. By being considerate and sensible, that is. By all means click away, but make sure you don’t come in the way of the regular photographer. At a wedding that we were shooting, a cousin of the bride managed to click some great shots while choosing his positions wisely and carefully. He eventually joined our team of photographers.
If the venue doesn’t allow you enough good spots to shoot from, you can always do with a change of lens. Use a longer focal length, and shoot from a different part of the room where you can still get your shots.
If it still doesn’t work for you, perhaps the best way to enjoy the wedding is to be the audience. Much like the old times—catching up with friends and family, gossiping about days past and future, and having a good laugh. With the pesky addictive gadget nowhere in sight. Remember how weddings used to be before…meeting and socializing, and not sharing posts on Facebook.