Great stories! And good reminders too..
Did I ever tell about the time that I decided to try to take photos of the rings on the keys of a piano? Those great receeding lines were supposed to be amazing....
Wellll, just as I was about to snap the gorgeous perfect photo, both rings slipped under the keys... I didn't even know they could do that!
Fortunately, my assistant at that wedding was a music teacher and she was able to take apart the piano with just a screwdriver....
I laugh about it now, but GOSH did I learn my lesson.. What a stressful half hour.
I had one last year that taught me a big lesson. Lovely wedding, but there was a portfolio-builder there who was never more than two feet from me the whole day, even during the ceremony! .....
I can't do the wedding since the date is not available, (thankfully!), but it was a big lesson for me. Even vague descriptions buried deep in a gallery about anyone at a wedding, even those with rude behavior, can come back to bite. I was shaking inside when she called, and felt so bad that just venting to my second shooter on the drive home, and later to my husband as I spent extra time editing the images, had not been enough...I had to write about it too. Not wise.
Glad your assistant was able to take them out again, that would have been a bad one ...
Yeah, it was sure one of those moments where you hit your head with your hands and yell "stupid! stupid!" That sinking feeling when I saw them fall still haunts me. I never did tell the b & g. And NEVER will.
I don't know if you should feel too guilty...I think informing your couples about things that could potentially ruin their photos is important. A Guest with Camera could really mess up your work, and you never named names or indicated which wedding it was at. I'm actually going to be on the other side of this equation at my brother-in-law's wedding coming up. I'll be the "GWC," but I'm going to make sure I don't hinder the official photographer in any way, knowing just how annoying it can be.
I'd have been thrilled to have you as the GWC, Mishka- am sure you'd never be in the way, and I'd learn a thing or two observing in between my own shots. Thanks for the reassurance that I wasn't as out of line as my overly- sensitive -to -peoples- feelings-conscience may have indicated.
Hope your brother in law hired a good WP so you won't have to shoot unless you feel like it at his wedding!