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06-09-11, 10:00 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
As someone with quite a bit of experience of photographing weddings professionally I would like to make the point that every venue and minister has their own rules. One thing that does seem fairly consistent is that most prefer just to have a single photographer allowed to take photos DURING the ceremony. This is in order to preserve the dignity of the ceremony and of course it makes it easier for the ‘official’ photographer.
That said what the ‘official’ photographer is allowed to do during the ceremony also varies widely. Ironically I have has the most severe restrictions but upon me by register offices, while I have been allowed free reign in churches.
When booking weddings with clients I always make it clear that I have no objections to guests taking their own photographs providing that they respect that I have a professional job to do and do not get in the way or compete with me for the attention of the subjects. After many, many weddings, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have had issues with guests presenting problems.
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