Photography Etiquette

I once went to a wedding where a photographer shoved the groom’s brother out of the way so he could get a better photo. I know the groom’s brother was very indignant about the whole thing and miffed as I don’t think the photographer even knew that the guy he shoved was the groom’s brother. Furthermore, the photographer once beckoned for the brother to get out of the photo, and the second time simply shoved.

Yes, the photographer wanted the shot, but how far do you go?

I did a photography course with a well-renowed photojournalist, Johnny Crawford,  who works for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The #1 thing he started out his class with was photography is all about relationships. If you don’t connect with the person, you won’t get the photo. Maybe that’s why I love photographing children so much. I love connecting with them behind the camera, and even when there’s no camera.

I did a friend’s engagement a few days ago, and I noticed it’s much trickier than a simple child photoshoot. There are more people you want to connect with, but then at the same time connect naturally enough to blend in! A tricky, fine balance. And at the same time, you don’t have that gorgeous natural lighting that I crave during photoshoots!

However, I hope I managed to get the essential shots, without shoving people out of the way! I think being petite helped in some circumstances, and some not, but work what you have!

Here’s a photo of their feet

“And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts. Undoubtedly in these are signs for those who reflect.” (Quran 30:21)


  1. The photo of the couple’s feet is like a short story. Hers tidily side by side, taking up little room. His spread confidently, bridging the space between them. Beautiful job.

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