Ok so this post is motivated more out of curiosity than anything else; let me explain…
Now although I’m not a Wedding Photographer I have in the past photographed a few. Overall despite having made the decision to take on no more, I did enjoy the experience but there was one thing though that was quite incredible about each of the weddings I photographed. Call it what you will…a coincidence, a sign, whatever but at each of the weddings the same guest appeared…I kid you not!
It wasn’t until maybe the 3rd wedding when it dawned on me that I’d seen the the same guy before. Was he following me? Did I have a stalker?
I mentioned about this ‘Guest’ to a couple of photographer friends of mine and what was even more incredible was that they too had seen him so by this time I was becoming more than slightly unnerved…surely this wasn’t just coincidence???
Because I’m no longer photographing weddings I’m pleased to report that I’ve not seen this guy for some time. No longer do I cautiously open my bedroom curtains in the morning half expecting him to be stood on the roadside waving up at me.
So do you know who I’m talking about???
To give you more of an idea as to who it could be he goes by the name of ‘Uncle Bob’ and although he does tend to change his appearance from wedding to wedding there are some sure fire ways to recognise him; his ear piercingly dull tones and repeatedly saying such phrases as “What camera have you got?”, “My neighbour’s a photographer” and “It’s easy nowadays isn’t it with all the new cameras…they do it all for you” … and so it goes on…
Constantly meeting this guy prompted me to think of a way to get rid of him or at the very least to silence him, so here’s what I did:
*** Please note that the Gentleman in the photos below are NOT ‘Uncle Bob’ … I’ve used them purely for illustration purposes…phew***
Weddings and/or events are fast paced assignments for photographers so what I had to do was something that was quick, easy and effective…solution??? … The Invisible Black Backdrop:
This is a technique that needs only the most basic of kit…a camera, a flash, a light stand and a reflective umbrella; takes just a couple of minutes to set up and the results do tend to have the desired effect:
For those who may be interested a while back I wrote a walk though here on the blog showing how you can achieve this particular look almost anywhere at any time of the day. Here’s a link to it or you can just click on the ‘Screen Capture’ below:
99% of the time this technique was successful in getting Uncle Bob to move on and ‘entertain’ someone else; the other 1% just needed a little extra encouragement with the added help of the 1000 yard stare
My Question to you
If you’re a Wedding and/or Event Photographer I’m in no doubt whatsoever that you too have met Uncle Bob, so my question to you is ‘How do you deal with him?’ What techniques do you employ if any or is it just down to people skills and Jedi mind tricks?
No real reason for asking other than being incredibly curious,
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