As a wedding photographer, one of our biggest complaints would be having to deal with an ‘Uncle Bob’ with his shiny new DSLR jumping in front of you for an important shot. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the vernacular, Uncle Bob refers to a wedding guest with nice photography equipment who means well, but often and unwittingly, gets in the way of the (paid) professional photographer at a wedding.
I remember my very first wedding, before the ink was dry on my business license, Uncle Bob (literally an Uncle, though his name wasn’t Bob) followed us around the entire day, much to the ire of the bride. From the first look to the first dance, he took pictures on his point and shoot over my shoulder, under my arm, next to my assistant. Back then, it was popular to create a same day slideshow of some of the day’s images, and so, during the reception, I proudly put my little PC up next to the bar with a display of some of the best images of the day. Next thing I knew, Uncle Bob puts up his own MacBook right next to my laptop with his very own slideshow. I’m still not sure if I should laugh or be angry. But honestly, I don’t really mind Uncle Bobs too much.
That’s not to say that I don’t think the following video is hilarious because it’s so true. In the tongue-in-cheek video below, Toronto Star photographer Randy Risling, in a segment for their series MasterGlass, “shows many ways that photographers can ruin the intimate moments of a wedding.”
If you’ve ever shot a wedding, you’ll understand (and hopefully chuckle) at the following video. It’s aimed more toward the wedding guest who is also a “photographer,” but nevertheless, enjoy.[Via The Star]