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!