Tongue-In-Cheek Video Pokes Fun at What Not To Do When Shooting a Wedding

Getting into wedding photography can be stressful. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of shooting weddings, it’s that if something can go wrong, it probably will. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) minimize your risk of looking like an imbecile in front of everyone.

Here to help is a video from the Toronto Star’s MasterGlass series that shows off what not to do when photographing a wedding. In the video, Toronto Star photographer Randy Risling takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to showing you some typical faux pas.

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It’s as funny as it is informative, so be sure to give the three and a half-minute video a watch. And if you’d like to see the previous 54 MasterGlass videos, head on over to Toronto Star’s MasterGlass playlist on YouTube.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • Chris

    Believe it or not, these examples are very usual…

  • elizabeth anderson

    No….. really??

  • Boring..


  • Chris

    No, just joking.

  • Lando

    That flash is killing me

  • Vin Weathermon

    Just to clarify: this is SATIRE. Do NOT DO THIS. Because you know SOMEBODY is going to go “yeah….watch the photographer…that’s the ticket…”

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  • roxics

    Similar tactics when shooting video. I like to yell “cut.”

  • Djalma Reis

    No….. really?

  • Eldorath

    Sadly, as a wedding photographer I’ve ran into this exact situation a few times.

    The only thing you can do (aside from having a 2nd shooter also shooting the kiss from a different angle) is take the shot anyway, with the subject who stepped in front of you in frame to CYA in case the newlyweds ask about it.

  • OtterMatt

    I recommend having a baton, blackjack, or sock full of sand on your belt for these occasions. If you swing hard enough, then the rest of the wedding is guaranteed to go smoothly.

  • OtterMatt

    I’m glad I got married before MWAC/DWAC were the norm rather than the exception.

  • Carolyn Jorgensen Potter

    And how about vendors dressing like they came from the grocery store? C’mon, your’re at a WEDDING. I dress for work, so should you.

  • Marie Carrion Mendez

    If you are standing in the isle waiting on the first kiss, don’t do it it 3 rows back. If you are in the front of the first isle (pew…row…whatever may be) you will be away from the crowd enough to get the shot you need and no one jumping in. Never had an issue with this during ceremony. Now…reception is another story. lol!!