A Question to all you wedding photographers

Started Aug 1, 2008 | Discussions thread
Paul Grupp
Paul Grupp Veteran Member • Posts: 6,149
The problem you face. . .

. . . is that there is a huge difference between the way a true "guest" makes photographs at a wedding, and the way a professional will do it.

Specifically, being the professional requires you to have the couple's attention on a frequent basis. If you're actually backstopping the professional, you're going to be so "in his face" that he will ask you to stop.

There is no way you can do this without getting in the way of the professional and harming the quality of his photographs -- thus making the groom's fears self-fulfilling.

I think the only way you could do this properly is with the professional's full agreement and consent -- something most professionals will not grant.

It is not uncommon for couples to have second thoughts about the photographer they have hired for their wedding. But if they are concerned, the real answer is to either find a way to reassure themselves that their photographer is capable, or find a different photographer. This cockeyed plan is going to result in craziness and possibly friction and unpleasantness at an event that is supposed to be happy and joyful. Really, really bad idea.

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