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Dealing with Unruly Wedding Guests

5 Wedding Photography Tips for Dealing With Unruly Wedding Guests

Last updated on Jun 1, 2017 by Waseem Abbas

Are you wondering how to handle misbehaving wedding guests on your next shoot? Sometimes you may find drunk or rowdy wedding guests in the ceremony, and you have to take the photos to complete your job. In this guide, we’ll share 5 tips for dealing with unruly wedding guests when taking photos.

Most weddings have cocktail parties, and guests drink to celebrate with the couple. As a photographer, you need to find out best shots within these moments to complete the wedding album.

Photographing Unruly Wedding Guests

Unruly or drunk wedding guests may not be nice with you in posing for the photos. Here are the tips to deal with such situations:

1. Shoot On The Go

As a wedding photographer, you may know that guests should pose for the photos for individual and group shots. However, taking photos of unruly guests is not easy. These guests may not pose for you and you have to shoot on the go.

Shoot on the Go

Photos of drunk guests is a challenge, so you need to be quick in capturing all the moments and take out the best shots for the wedding album.

2. Record the Ceremony

Since you are struggling with photos of unruly guests, we recommend you to record the ceremony and capture the photos later from the video.

You can also use this video to crop out some great small clips from the wedding day. Your client will love all the photos and video you’re able to capture.

3. Work With the Well-Behaved Guests

You may find guests who are stable and more cooperative. These guests are ready to pose for you. However, you need to instruct them with the poses and may still need to shoot on the go.

Less Drunk Guests

Some of the photos of these guests can be your main photos of the day other than the couple shoot.

4. Take Help of Supervisors

In wedding shoots, you should always ask for a supervisor or coordinator in the photography contract. This supervisor will tell you about the important guests, friends and family to shoot for the photo album.

You can request help from this supervisor to shoot badly behaved guests. They can also help with managing the guests during lunch or dinner, so you can take a perfect shot of the table with guests and food.

Take Supervisor

Bonus tip: You should go with an assistant wedding photographer, so you have a lot of photos to select the best shots from the collection.

5. Be Calm With Guests

You may find situations where unruly guests are misbehaving and not talking to you properly. It is recommended to stay calm and act professionally. Use your supervisor to deal with the unruly wedding guests, so you are not directly involved.

You should avoid unneeded drama with unruly guests, and do your best to get your work done with patience.

That’s all. We hope this tutorial has helped you to learn 5 tips for dealing with unruly wedding guests when taking photos. You may also want to check out our guide on 9 tips for shooting your first wedding and read about these 25 legit ways to make money online with blogging.

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