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| p.2 #20 · shooting with uncle bobs. |
I am not a wedding photographer, but I do have an opinion about this subject. Every so often, thereís another thread complaining about others taking photos at a wedding (Uncle Bobs) and what to do about it.
My first thought is to tell the author to get over themselves and just deal with it. What do you do if the weather crumps or thereís a power outage or some other unforeseen contingency? You just deal with it. Accept the fact that others will take photos and move on. Besides, why are you the only one allowed to take photos at a wedding?
It seems to me that ultimately itís the bride & grooms responsibility to control the guests---after all, itís their wedding. If having others take photos at their wedding doesnít bother them, why does it bother you? If it does (or will bother you), then discuss it with the bride & groom before the ceremony and let them deal with it. Let them know the potential problems it may cause. If they want only you to take photos, then itís up to them to notify the guests of that. If they donít care if others take photos, then you just have to deal with it. If you canít, then perhaps youíre in the wrong business.
I find it humorous that Uncle Bobs seem to exist only in wedding photography. In landscape photography, if another photographer is in the spot you prefer, you either wait or work around them. You donít assign some silly nickname to them, and start a thread wondering what to do about it.
Come-on. Accept the fact that you canít control every aspect of the shoot and be prepared to deal with any contingency that may come along.