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)


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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

4 responses »

  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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