Is it rude to bring DSLR to wedding?

Started Sep 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
Doug MacMillan Senior Member • Posts: 2,395
Have you ever been a Pro?

chiane wrote:

If your chosen career path is to be a wedding photographer, and you get your panties in a wad if Joe public at the wedding chats you up or take pictures with their own equipment, you seriously need to rethink your line of work. Maybe choose something like product photography, or living in a log cabin deep in the woods writing, where you don't have to deal with other humans. People persons, many here are not.

I swear, after spending time in these forums, I am convinced that photographers have to be the grumpiest profession out there.

Just curious, have you ever been a professional wedding photographer? I have, although it was many moons ago. I didn't mind talking to enthusiasts about photography when there was a slow spot. I did mind them getting in my face and insisting that I teach them everything I know on the spot. I also got annoyed when they followed me around like a puppy dog and disrupting my relationship with my customers and breaking my rhythm.

I didn't mind the enthusiast bringing their cameras and taking photos at the reception. I did mind them trying to shoot over my shoulder during the formals. I had an exclusive clause and I have shut down shooting formals until the jerks were escorted out. Back then, I used light slaves although radio slaves were becoming available. I did it on purpose so I could argue their flashes were ruining my shots. I did mind being shoved out of the way by Uncle Bobs who wanted the prime position for the cake cutting or garter throw. I got very good at throwing elbows and stomping on feet.

95% of the Uncle Bobs and Aunt Sallies I encountered were very nice considerate people. Sadly, from what I observe, it's gotten much worse. My friends who are still wedding photographers abhor the aggresive Uncle Bobs for good reason. I'm glad I don't have to put up with the jackasses and nowadays there seems to be plenty of them.

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