Today I went to help out a friend as a second photographer in a registry office wedding. It was only about an hour's shooting, but it was an invaluable experience for me; invaluable in a sense that I learned a lot about how to handle the situation when things don't go as expected! As incredible as it may sound, the ceremony was interrupted by a photographer-hating registrar asking us - not so politely - to stop taking photos as it was putting her off. (Even though she'd first said that we could take photos as long as we stayed in one place without moving about - which we did). Then, next she said it was putting the couple off (errr, the couple had actually ASKED us to take photos during the ceremony... and actually not just asked, either, but PAID us to take photos of the wedding ceremony!) Well, we did manage to take a couple of shots of the changing of the rings, even though the registrar had asked us not to take any more photos - and she, subsequently, threatened to throw us out. I didn't hear what the bride and groom thought about it all, but the parents/guests joked about the photographer-hater registrar afterwards, so luckily it didn't seem like they let her ruin their day. And as my friend was much braver than me, I think she managed to get some nice shots of the rest of the ceremony for the couple.
Anyway, I forgot to ask whether it is OK for me to put any of the photos in my photo blog, so here are just a couple of anonymous shots from the wedding. I will upload more when/if I get a permission to do so.
~ Have received approval, so here are a few more shots from the day ~