Post # 1
Let me start by saying that my FFIL is a semi professional photographer that I often call the picture nazi because he takes a million and half pics and never doesn’t have a camera attached to his face. My FBIL is a professional photographer and is in our wedding party.
We hired a photographer outside of the family becase we don’t want either of them taking pictures and instead enjoying the ceremony and truly taking it all in. However, it has come to my attention that his dad is still planning on taking pics during the ceremony and chances are they wont just be a few shots or from his seat. He will be all over the place and taking a pic ever 30 seconds. Is it rude to have my FH ask his dad to hand off his camera to an Aunt or Uncle and just enjoy the moment?
Also, during our group photo time I worry about these two also taking pics. His mom has already told me that she is planning on ONLY using pics from the FBIL. I know both of these guys will be trying to call the shots and telling everyone how to get for different pics. How would a photographer feel about this? I personally could careless what they take pics of during the reception. Is it bad to tell them both that we hired a photographer and would prefer that they hold off until the reception to take pics?
If any photographers out there can weigh in please do. Would you find this highly annoying?
Post # 3
I know for my photographer has in her contract no other photos during the ceremony.. So maybe check with your photographer on their rules as they are taking pictures?
Post # 4
I think it is stipulated in many photo contracts that they have to be the major photographer that day. I would tell your FFIL and FBIL to chill out on the picture taking that day… diplomatically of course.
Post # 5
@Nola: I would ask him to not leave his seat. I can’t tell you how many pictures I see of just people in the way of photographers. I mean sure, they can be photoshopped out, but it shouldn’t have to come to that in the first place.
Post # 6
My photographer had a clause in the contract that there wasn’t supposed to be any other professional photographer taking pictures; I think that clause probably has to do with them earning money, but it also is about what you’re saying – who calls the shots, not having anyone get in the paid photog’s way, etc.
I think you need to sit down with FFIL and have a discussion about respecting the boundaries of the professional photog, and not getting in their way, since you are paying him/her a lot of money to take these pictures.
Post # 7
Im not a photog but I know that if I was working and someone nosed in and got in my way, I would be very, very annoyed.
Post # 8
@Sassygrn: & @ddw: same, my photog has a clause that says they’ll be the only ones working the event. just cite that and see if that gets them to back off?
Post # 9
I also really want my FFIL to enjoy the wedding as a guest and enjoy watching his sons wedding.