(Closed) FIL photo hobby annoyance – Advice please?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

tell them your photog. has a clause in the contract that says he can be the only one photographing the event (other then a few random pics here and there). many professional photographers have an exclusivity clause such as my photog. that states:

XXX will be the exclusive professional photog./videog. hired by the client for the purpose of photgraphing/videotaping the wedding. Family and friends are welcome to tape/take pictures of the wedding as long as they do not interfere with the XXX photog./videog.’s duties.

Post # 3
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t stress too much about him taking the photos, espeically if your photog isn’t saying that he’s being a problem. But I think it’s perfectly fine to shoot down the idea of a presentation.

Post # 4
48 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

During the ceremony have the officiant state you want the ceremony to be unplugged so they can enjoy the moment.  Google it,  I found a great article probably on here and plan to do it.  Our photographer is also a small fortune and I want his shots of the ceremony. 

Post # 5
31 posts

Hehe…..I am a wedding photographer and in the industry, we call this person “Uncle Bob”. Uncle Bob has the sweetest of intentions, but I have seen him ruin wedding photos time and again. A few things to think about:

1. If he has a flash camera, this external lighting can over-expose some of the professional photographer’s shots and at that point, they are not salvagable. When I see Uncle Bob looming behind me, and pray pray pray that this does not happen for the “I Do” kiss or the cake cutting. It puts you at risk of missing moments.

2. If you have group shots and more than one person photographing at the same time, people will be looking in all different directions. This also increases the chance of “red eye”, which should be fixable to any professional photographer with appropriate software, but cannot be fixed by Uncle Bob.

3. All of the couples who allow Uncle Bob to do his thing at their wedding always end up with significantly less photos from me. It is so sad to me, because I want to do a great job and I want their jaw to drop when they get their photos back. I don’t want to miss a moment for them, and sometimes Uncle Bob doesn’t allow me to reach the standard I set for myself and for my clients.

4. If your professional photog and Uncle Bob are both taking photos, your formal photos will take double the time and pull you away from enjoying yourself at the wedding.

5. This is your wedding and you are the boss. I know that familial pressures are super emphasized on your wedding and you just want everyone to have fun. Just explain that you care about him so much that you want him to be there as your guest. Tell him that you want to see his expression as important things happen and not his camera held up to his eyes.

Good luck, you are not the only one facing this dilema. What great insight you have and it is awesome that you see the photography as a priority. Your photographer will also appreciate your insight.

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