I had the exact same thing happen to me that time when i was shooting for a friend; the pro felt threatened by me so he stopped me when I wanted to shoot after him. The best part was when later I set up a shot of my own, he came over to steal my shot.
Its so funny...hahah
Some "pros" are just too insecure. If I was evil, I'd have thought it probably had something to do with him using a D70 and me using a D100.
If they are the guest, perhaps the photographer will be nice enough to explain in a short and succinct manner that he is doing a job and that if possible, they could try not to interfere. Instead of just going about with his higher-than-thou attitude and slighting them.
I do understand it's a job but there could be a better approach to solve the issue.
Which was more important?
1) The couples' wedding day, and photographs?
2) The relatives grabbing a chance to shoot the posed shots?
3) The professional's duties to execute and deliver to the best of his/her ability what he/she was contracted to do?
The important question is also, will the relative's shot ruin the photographer's shot? If not, then is that a factor?
Ahh ... probabilities ... but's that's side-tracking a bit ... and secondary, isn't it?
And whatabout if your flash is colour corrected for tungsten lights, but someone else's isn't and it happens to fire when you shoot?
I think the photographer was being insensitive. Granted. Yet, perhaps he has poor communication skills but what he was really trying to do was eliminate all external forms of possible ruining of his shots.
We're ASSUMING the professional photographer had bad communication skills or was insensitive.
What if he/she mentioned it very nicely, but because the relatives were 'shocked' at the situation whereby they were asked not to shoot, and the mention of his posing the couple being his, said relatives were peeved?
Of course, if the professional photographer was down-right rude, or did not handle the situation in a diplomatic manner, it will be more understandable that anyone would be peeved.
But then again, what understanding and perception of roles and areas of responsibility/ownership on the part of a professional photographer do the relatives have? That would also play a great part in their reaction/perception, and we all know how perception drives almost 'absolute truths' for many.
there are still some photogs that in their contract insist that they shall be the only one allowed to take photos of the event exclusively... really depends on what the couple's understanding when they hired the photog.
Dun tink the details were communicated to all guest...
Well in my case, there won't be another flash from another camera, simply because I waited for him to finish before I wanted to continue. As in completely finished, not just finish that shot.
But well, in my case, the insecure "pro" decided he even needed to even put a stop to that.
Similar discussion by some overseas wedding photogs that is very relevant to the topic at hand.
Last edited by gremlin; 24th October 2008 at 01:40 AM.
Just one more quick question. So if lets say you take time to pose a couple for a "trademark" shot. And someone comes in and starts snapping away at the pose
you just created and then later says that it is his photos and it is his creation and work.
Usually when "other" photographers get in the way. i'll just let them have their shots first. then repose the couple and take another. If they decide to come in again after re positioning the couple. i'll let them have a go at it again. But i guess the best way to deal with it is to tell the couple nicely that with "distractions" such as that, the main photographer may have lost some images that may have been possibly good candids.
i cannot fully agree with the statement that the Photographer has no personal interest after he hands over his work and gets paid. Cos i do know of alot of photographers who become very good friends with the couples and even some who become god parents of their couples' kids.
I still feel the story coming from the uncle and friend who feel peeved will be one-sided... but can never tell... last wedding photo I did.. bride's uncle also wanna shoot some so I chatted with him and found out he is an enthusiast. So I shared some pointers and he become my backup photog for the day. So far he is easy to get along and friendly as well so everyone was happy because there was mutual respect.
For example, a few years ago, nobody take photos of bride's shoes. Then when someone started it, it was quite a refreshing perspective. Now you see, not only is everyone taking photos of the bride's shoes, it's like a must-have shot! You don't shoot, the make-up artist will automatically place the shoe and ask you to shoot. With the internet age, it's difficult to keep something unique for very long.
..then I submit the photos of course =X and the other 'official' photogs are okay. But if it were a paid shoot, official photographers will be angry.