Sometimes going for that perfect shot can make us oblivious to the people around us. In everyday situations, this might create an awkward moment or two, but at a wedding it can be disastrous. In the video below, photographer Randy Risling gives us a quick guide on what not to do when going for those amazing wedding shots:
Obvious satire aside, Risling’s main point is that it’s important for photographers to be as unobtrusive as possible at weddings. (Via PetaPixel) Here are some of his key points:
- Make as little noise as possible. Make sure your turn off any settings that beep or make other unnecessary noises.
- Respect the needs of the guests. Come early if you’re concerned with seating arrangements, and be mindful of the seating wishes of the organizers.
- Turn off anything your camera might do that creates distracting visuals. Red-eye reduction, pop-up flash, and focus assist are big culprits.
- Respect the space around the bride and groom. Give the couple both time and space, both during the ceremony and afterward. It’s hard to believe that some people actually enter the aisle when the bride’s walking down it or hover during the vows, but it does happen. Make sure you’re not one of these people. And for heaven’s sake, if you’re not the hired photographer, don’t dart out in front of the one that is and get in the way of their shot!
- If you’re the hired photographer, it’s always helpful to have a pre-wedding consultation to see what the couple is expecting from you. It’s their day, not yours, so it’s important to have a clear idea of how they would like everything to happen.
- And last (but not least) check on the dress code before attending. The last thing you would want is to be under-dressed at an upscale affair.
What other wedding photography faux pas have you witnessed?
Like This Article?
Don't Miss The Next One!
Join over 100,000 photographers of all experience levels who receive our free photography tips and articles to stay current: