Can I take my own pictures at a wedding?

@maezee (40968)
United States
June 20, 2009 8:01am CST
Or is this rude? I love photography and taking pictures - but I've heard from quite a few people that I shouldn't because it's the photographers' job, and not mine. What do you think? Is it RUDE to take pictures at a wedding when you're not a professional photographer? Or does it not even matter? Honestly, I haven't been to a wedding since I was VERY young - so I think I need a little brushing up of "wedding ettiquite". Can anyone help with this?
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@chillpill90 (1937)
20 Jun 09
well i think your allowed to take your own pics as you wont be taking the thousands that the paid person will. And so dont worry about taking them as your allowed your own ones. Otherwise they would have said everyon takes pics at weddings.
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@maezee (40968)
• United States
20 Jun 09
So you think it's Ok? Thanks for your input!
@krajibg (11932)
• Guwahati, India
30 Jun 09
Hi maezee, how are you? who told you can not take pictures on wedding You know all the rules and regulations are men made and predominantly for the benefit of men. They would not like to see that a woman on weeding is photographing. This hurts their male super ego. If you listen to me go ahead and do what your hear says.
• United States
22 Jun 09
I don't think it's rude at all. At my cousins wedding I took a hundred pictures, lol. I think the professional photographer is there to take the the professional pictures and it seems like the bride and groom would want more candid pics then just the wedding party standing together.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
I don't think it's rude at all. If you can tak decent pictures, why not? I don't even think you need the services of a photographer as long as you feel that you are skilled enough and with a good camera of course! As long as you don't get in the way of the wedding ceremony, i don't see any rudeness in it. I say you go for it. If you have the blessing of the bride and the groom, why not? It's a lot better if the bride or groom is someone close to you.
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
I think there is no problem in taking pictures of your own in a wedding especially if you really love taking pictures as long a you are not ruining the shots and interfere with the hired photographer. I guess you could take pictures after the photographer to his or hers, in that case the photographer was able to do his or her job without you interfering with his or her ideas of a good shot. Maybe you could take candid shots which may capture a lot and will soon take you to fame of being a professional photographer. It's like hitting 2 birds with one stone, doing what you really love doing and earning from it.
• United States
21 Jun 09
In my opinion, take the pictures. For just-in-case purposes. Let me tell you about a little incident we ran into in the past. K, well for my brothers wedding we had hired a professional photographer. So on that day everything went according to plan. Photographer showed up the ceremony went on and what not and of course we kept the digital cameras at home being that we paid good money for good photos. So anyways, the next day we get a phone call from the photographer that his computer malfunction and he lost ALL the photo's....so all the memories we had of that day are completely stored in our minds. Not one of us had a captured moment on paper or digital of that special day...So please brush off wedding etiquette and take those pictures! Somebody may just run into a oops moment....
• United States
21 Jun 09
First, ask the bride and groom to be! If you have their permission, then by all means, go for it. I am right there with you, i like taking pictures, and will do so at every possible and convenient moment. I did to a quick photo shoot with my family in the mall, using their decorations as a back drop. No one said anything, and we had some very nice pictures.
• Australia
21 Jun 09
As a wedding photogrpher, I have no problem with people taking photographs; I do not care if they "steal" my group photos,and I encourage the couple to have their friends take photos. Like most photographrers, I supply all the pictures I take to the bride and groom on a CD or DVD so they can share them as they wish. I am not out of pocket even if they buy none of the pictures I take ... my services are paid for under contract. The most important pictures I take no amateur photographer is present for: the pictures of the bride and groom getting ready before the service; an arranged professional photo-shoot usually after the ceremony and before the reception. I may also do a boudoir shoot or Lingerie session: no guests with a camera there! At the ceremony, I have better access to the couple and the celebrant than anyone else, and it is very unlikely anyone else will be using equipment of the quality of mine, so it is not likely that there will be any photos as good as mine, let alone better. And if there are, they should be seen and applauded. Please take your camera, be courteous to the photographer who has been paid anything up to $5000 to be there, and try not to get in there way: but I don't think you will find many who will object: none of my photographers will; in fact, we would be happy to give you some pointers!