Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ruining a photograph: Unexpected guests…

Over the weekend me, my business partner, and an amateur photographer photographed a small Wedding. There are a number of cons when it comes to photographing a small wedding. Such as, the clients do not expect a lot of images or they do not expect a high level of professionalism. And well as far as the quality of the images, some times  the do not care about this either. Now, I am not saying all small Weddings are like this. What I am saying is that some times you find clients that do not care about what they get as long as they are getting something. This rings more true when the Bride and Groom were unaware of the fact that there would be 2 pro photographers and an intern  photographing their wedding. We were contracted and hired by one of the brides maids to photograph the wedding as a surprise gift to the Bride and Groom.

Now, its not every day we are contracted to do a wedding of this caliber, but hey, why would anyone pass up on providing a couple with some beautiful images of their wedding? We arrived early to get set up, check out the area where the ceremony was going to take place, and figure out our positions. By the time the ceremony began, we were all set, all in place, and had our plan for photographic success.  One thing we were not accounting for was the presence of a very rude guest who took it upon himself to walk into the view of the entire ceremony and place himself directly into our shots. Below are three out of the numerous images that we came across while editing down our load during our work flow. This man presented himself in quite a few of our images without any regard for the ceremony or the fact that he was ruing our shots.




How does a photographer prevent such a travesty from occurring? Well, there are a few things one can do.

1. You can quickly reposition yourself in order to get the person out of your view. However, repositioning yourself may disturb the guests or even block their view. This is something you have to do quickly without causing a distraction. For us, this man was a distraction to our work and the guests who were in attendance of the ceremony.

2. You can creatively crop out the person in post production.

3. If you can not move yourself from the position in which you are standing, you might be able to get an assistant or another guest at the wedding to move the person who is in your shot.

4. If all else fails just keep shooting and hope the person realizes what they are doing and moves out of your view before they continue to ruin your shots.

Hopefully this is something that does not happen to a lot of you who do photograph weddings. We were very surprised to have been witnesses to this kind of blatant rudeness. It did make for a few laughs and this great post however. 

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