Photography is a loved pastime and like most of you I'm sure, I get requests from friends/family to do events for them, which I tend to graciously refuse. But I will, at their request, bring my camera along and get some candids. I love taking pictures at weddings but I don't have the courage to be response for someone's special day. I had a bad photographer for my wedding and many of my captured memories are horrible (she even missed focus on our first kiss)
I see alot of people with cameras at weddings and their behavior is generally not acceptable, IMHO. I feel there should be some Rules of the Wedding Guest Photographer.
1. You are not the paid photographer. Get out of their way and sit down. Don't you dare use a flash mid ceremony because you might ruin the actual photographer's capture. I bring only my body and a fast lens (typically 85mm f/1.8) and just deal with it. I don't bring my 70-200 because I feel that it will get too much attention and I'm trying to lay low.
2. Sit down and stay seated. I've seen people walk down the isle to get pictures and block everyone else's view including the paid photog. Please see Rule #1 and get out of everyone's way.
3. Only bring your camera if you have permission. I've been to weddings where the photographer or venue required no other shooters during the ceremony.
4. Don't forget to have fun. One of the main reasons I don't want to shoot my friend's weddings is I would rather be having fun.
Now that I have that out of the way here are a few from a wedding last week. CC is welcome as I know I have aways to grow. On the first picture I know the Groom's face is OOF and I knew it would be because they were walking down the isle beside me when I took the shot. But, I didn't care I wanted to capture that look on her face and I got it! I wish I could have gotten them both but I'll take it.
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