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31-08-11, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Speaking as a Semi-Professional Wedding Photographer with quite a bit of experience of these matters all I can say is that the rules vary from venue to venue and to some extent who is conducting the ceremony.
Many venues do restrict the taking of photos during the actual ceremony to the professional photographer only, the reason being to simply avoid destractions that would occur if all guests started taking photographs while the ceremony was taking place. Some venues restrict the use of flash, others permit it (persoanlly I try and avoid it anyway)
Ironically the rules at some registry offices are stricter than those in churches, some even prohibiting the professional photographer from taking pictures during the actual ceremony and insisting that all shots such as the exchnage of rings are 'staged' afterwards.
As a professioanl photographer I have no objection to guests taking their own photos before and after the ceremony. Most guests will respect the fact that a professional photogrpaher has a job to to and will not get in your way. Occasionally though it may be necessary to have a quite word with the usher or best man if guests start to get in the way and/or compete for attention.
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