Photo Tip: How to be Wedding Guest & Photographer

Many of us photographers get roped into shooting our friends weddings. Although this can be a great honour, it is important to balance being the photographer, as well as being a guest at the wedding. “How on earth do you do that?!”, I hear you asking…

I make it clear that I will shoot all the formalities, however I will not take any party shots of the guests. For the much loved party shots, I recommend one or more of the following three things:
1. Place disposable cameras on each table,
2. Hire a photo booth, or
3. Ask your guests with their own cameras to make a disc of their photos for the bridal couple

“But people keep coming up to me and asking me to take photos!” That is because you are still dressed as a photographer! After the formalities, get changed into a dress and heels (or a suit) and put your camera away. This way the guests probably won’t recognise you, and you can enjoy the rest of your evening as a guest!

Author Bio

Rikki Hibbert

I love being a photographer, and most of all I love being inspired and fulfilled. My passion for photography started when I was 11, and at 16, when I won the Best Photographer Award at The Royal Show and was a finalist in the black & white photography competition in Camera & Image magazine, I was inspired to pursue a career in photography. I completed my degree in Photography cum laude in 2003, and have been working as a commercial photographer for the past 7 years for local and international clients. Recently I won a Silver & Bronze award at the Sony Profoto Awards, and was a semi-finalist in the African Photographic Awards. I love food & lifestyle photography - everything from choosing the props, to styling, lighting, and then taking the shot. I also love discovering new places and documenting my travels by shooting from the hip. When I'm not looking through my viewfinder, I am most likely browsing antique stores, vintage prop shopping, cooking up a storm, or designing wall paper.