Wedding Photography Etiquette

It’s been a few weeks since we last attended my cousin’s wedding up in Vancouver, but I knew I had to vent on this particular topic.  Disclaimer:  I’m not a professional wedding photographer.  I just have a DSLR with some non-kit lenses, lol.  Anyway, I have a list of guidelines that people need to follow.

1.)  SIT YOUR ASS DOWN. (1 previous offense witnessed)
Here’s the thing – when I’m at a wedding, I stay in my seat.  If you’re not the official photographer, SIT YOUR ASS DOWN.  If you want good pictures, find a good seat and STAY THERE.  It’s effing ridiculous when you have people that own DSLRs getting in the middle of the damn aisle and blocking people’s view of the ceremony.  I’m surprised the official photographer wasn’t getting upset.

2.)  TURN OFF THE DAMN BEEPING ON YOUR CAMERA (2 previous offenses witnessed)
We were at a wedding in Houston where this one old lady was reviewing her pictures and going through the menu and a BEEP was going off every time she hit a button on her camera.   WTF Mate?!  It’s so distracting.  The offense was also witnessed at a wedding here in Austin.  The lady was sitting right behind me.  I turned around, gave her a nasty face, and told her to turn off the Auto Focus beep.  Turns out she was a relative of the bride from Hawaii 😛  Oops.  That doesn’t absolve you though from proper wedding photography etiquette.

Follow these rules and you’ll be on your way to avoiding a nasty look from me.


One of my more favorite shots…  Shot w/ a 70-200 f/4L