How to Avoid Being “Uncle Bob” for a Wedding Photographer


A recent episode of All Things Considered ran a piece titled, “Meet Uncle Bob, the Wedding Photographer’s Friendly Terror”. It featured an interview with wedding photographer Amy Wurdock about her experience contending with the well-intentioned family member with expensive camera equipment who inevitably gets in the way of her doing her job.

If you have photographed many weddings, you no doubt have your own Uncle Bob story or you may even be guilty of being Uncle Bob yourself. It was something that was on my mind while attending a recent wedding. Here are some suggestions to avoid having to be a wedding photographer’s painful anecdote.

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NPR Talks About Wedding Photographers’ Worst Nightmare: Uncle Bob

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Editor’s Note: The photographer on the segment is Amy Wurdock, not Melissa Block as previously written.

Wedding photographers everywhere probably shook their heads in agreement during a recent episode of All Things Considered. Amy Wurdock, a wedding photographer, talked about “Uncle Bob”, an all-too-common guest at any given wedding, and he happens to be a massive nuisance for photographers. Uncle Bob is a guest, not necessarily an uncle and not necessarily named Bob, who brings an awful lot of camera equipment, and is often in the worst possible place for the hired photographer to get the essential images.

Of course, this isn’t exclusive to weddings necessarily. If you’ve been hired to shoot any type of event, you’ve probably run into someone with a camera who had a penchant for getting in the way of your shots. We’ve all been there at least once, but the best thing we can say, as is said in the segment, is to talk with that shutterbug in order to work something out. It’s undoubtedly frustrating, but not impossible to work around.

Head on over to NPR to listen to the segment.