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Maine Wedding Photographer

Ok now that we've gotten that out of the way can we seriously talk about this for a second? Why in the world anyone would think it's OK to photograph a couple's wedding without their permission is beyond me but, I guess this is the world we live in now. I see this ALL. THE. TIME. I have actually photographed a wedding once at a public park and had someone photographing the entire ceremony from directly over my left shoulder. Like, from 6 inches behind me. It was early in my career and I was still bit shy with my authority

(I'm not now) so I just assumed it was a guest and didn't say anything to avoid being rude.

You guys, IT WASN'T A GUEST.

It was just some random person no one knows who now not only has wedding photos of them, but is also likely using them in their portfolio and on their website and whatnot. How do I know this? Because this person was a photographer. They knew to only stand directly behind me and shoot over my shoulder, never stepping in front of my shot. That is unspoken photographer code, my friends.

Photographers, I can't believe I even have to say this but THAT IS SO INVASION AND RUDE!

A bride and groom in a public space is NOT your portfolio building opportunity. Would you photograph a family in the park without their knowledge and use their photos publicly? No. At least I hope not because that is some seriously creepy business. A couple's wedding day is sacred and is theirs.

Not yours.

I know the feeling of wanting to build your portfolio. This is not the way to do it. Join local photography groups and let them know you're available to second or third shoot for them in exchange for being able to have the photos for your portfolio. Stage a styled shoot. Please, just doing stuff like stealing (because that's what it is) photos of a couple on their wedding day.

Thanks :)

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