This is a little bit different from my “wedding photography” how – to videos. This is about how to be a GREAT “guest” photographer. I decided to do this video after a few VERY nice guests at weddings asked me if they could shoot around me (I said they definitely could, and thanked them profusely for asking first). I hope its helpful!
If a bride or groom asks you to shoot some candid shots or get some other photos of the ceremony for them other than the professional shots, or you are just interested in becoming a wedding photographer – then this video is for you!
There are three general tips: 1) ask the professional if its ok (it might not be, but it might be fine- depends on the photog), 2) don’t use a flash or stand in the aisle during the ceremony, and 3) don’t take photos during formals, or if you do, please don’t use a flash, it can ruin lighting. If you want, you can use the formal time instead to learn how photographers pose people and work with a tight schedule!
A small caveat, when I say in the video that in my contract I can leave the wedding because another person shows up with professional equipment, I ONLY mean that I will leave if another wedding photographer is hired. I don’t mean I am going to leave if Aunt Betty shows up with some Canon SLR :). Just wanted to clarify that! Ha!
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