Pro­fes­sional courtesy

NPhoto - - Over To You Letters - Revd. Daniel Richards, Dou­glas

As a vicar and photographer, thank you for your fea­ture on wed­dings. It was very help­ful to see pho­tog­ra­phers en­cour­aged to ex­er­cise dis­cre­tion, courtesy and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in how to be part of an event where there are many play­ers, each with their own job to do.

Be­ing a photographer means I can ap­pre­ci­ate both sides of the is­sue: the need to get the pic­ture for the happy cou­ple, but also to not ‘get in the way’ at the most im­por­tant times. A col­league of mine was mid-cer­e­mony when the photographer was crawl­ing down the aisle to get one pic­ture, lead­ing to ridicule and a dis­as­ter for those wed.

The ma­jor­ity of pho­tog­ra­phers are en­tirely re­spect­ful and aware of the nec­es­sary bound­aries. Com­mon-sense, dis­cre­tion, work­ing with peo­ple and their per­mis­sions, and be­ing re­spect­ful of ev­ery­one in­volved is all it needs to make sure we all work well to­gether and end up with the best out­come.

Crawl­ing down the aisle? Not some­thing we’d rec­om­mend. While cap­tur­ing the event is im­por­tant, it’s bet­ter to miss one or two shots than to spoil the day for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the cou­ple, with that sort of an­tic.

A great wed­ding photographer knows when to take con­trol – and when to step back

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