We all know Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob has the nice camera gear and a burning desire to photograph the wedding your photographing too. He (though rarely you’ll have an Aunt Sally too) will usually shoot over your shoulder, maybe get in your way, tell you his camera is better, try to pose your clients for you, etc. Whether you love him or hate him, he’s part of the family.
One thing I’ve learned is that it’s a small world. You never know who knows who. Your image as a brand and as a photographer is very important to keeping a good reputation in your community. Let’s say Uncle Bob is trying to show you how awesome his camera is or have you look at how great the photos on the back of his camera are. You think, “I’m WAY better than he is” and don’t really give him the time of day. You puff out your chest, stick your nose in the air, your ego gets too big, and maybe you are even a little rude to him.
He’s going to remember that. Then let’s say Uncle Bob happens to be the owner of a really nice resort in your area that could put you on a preferred vendor list? Or maybe his daughter/son is getting married. Maybe he’s the mayor or your future next door neighbor. There are all sorts of maybe’s we can add to this list, but I’m a firm believer that a little kindness or personal investment goes a long way and may pay off big for you.
So what if he takes the photos and gives them to his family? So what if he has a nice camera? So what if he wants to talk shop with you? Take a few seconds or minutes, let him get a quick family shot, maybe talk a little shop and be on your way. The point is, the bride/groom hired you for a reason, not Uncle Bob. They liked your work so they paid a lot of money to hire you.
Instead, try giving Uncle Bob a few minutes of your time. You may be surprised what you’ll find out about Uncle Bob.
Leave a comment! How have you experienced Uncle Bob? How do you deal with Uncle Bob?
This photo was second shot for Monica Starr Brown Photographer