Post # 1
CAMERAS AND LIGHTING: Any and all cameras and related lighting, including video, shall be under direction of ******** Photography and the Client shall advise any and all users or providers of this clause. In the event of conflict between the photographer, the videographer and/ or any guest or member of the wedding party, the Client hereby expressly grants resolving authority to the ********* Photography designated photographer. If any of the above-mentioned parties continues to be in conflict after being advice by the photographer then the client releases the photographer from all images not taken due to the conflict. Photography by any person or persons other than ******** Photography during formal session is not permitted.
i understand having no other pro photographers or people taking formal pics, but does this mean my guests aren’t allowed to take their own personal pictures say, during the reception?
Post # 3
i think it’s just saying the photographer hired takes precedence
Post # 4
I would ask your photographer. However usually it just means no other professionals you’ve hired, and that if you have a guest getting in the way of a shot (like pushing aside the photog to get a shot of your first kiss), it’s not the photographer’s fault.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs, and I would add that since it talks about “during formal session,” they really don’t want Aunt Susie to be saying “look over here” and “smile at me” while they are trying to take their pics, and so they don’t really want anyone else taking pictures during posed shots.
Post # 6
It usually means that no other professional can be hired and shooting.
In my contract that section also spells out that I do not allow others to be photographing during the family formals, bridal party, or bride/groom photos. It’s incredibly distracting and I end up with way too many photos of people looking at someone else’s camera. That section also covers me from liability for shots that may be ruined by guests and their cameras. They can photograph any other time, but I ask that people use discretion during the key moments and for the love of all things holy….stay in your freaking seat during the ceremony! LOL
These days, every single wedding is a sea of cell phone, iPads, and cameras ALL over the place. Held up during the ceremony, stuck out into the isle, smack in between the couple from behind as they cut their cake, and rapid-fire flashing during key moments (first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc). I use off camera lighting for a more dramtic look, and it’s also just a lot more flattering and adds demention during reception photos. I can’t tell you how many times sweet moments are runied by Aunt Sallys camera triggering my lights and making my shot over exposed. :/
I roll with the punches, but it’s that clause in my contract that protects me because Uncle Bob is in the background of all your cake cutting picture.
Post # 7
No, this just means you can’t have other hired photographers, they aren’t responsible if hired videographers cause them to miss shots, and no one is allowed to shoot over their shoulder while they are taking formal photos. This is mostly because it NEVER fails that someone will be right behind us taking cell phone photos and someone in the photo will look at THAT camera instead of the hired camera and then we end up with no images of everyone looking where they are suppose to be looking.
Post # 8
For me, I also tell my couples that if guests are distracting people during the formals, I’ll ask them to stop taking photos. But I usually tell the guests on the wedding day to let me get my shot, then they can take one. It’s hard enough to get a big group of people to all look at my camera, smile, and not blink at the same time, without being distracted by someone’s iphone! And this way, everyone wins.