Many photographers despise “uncle Bob” with a passion. Who is uncle Bob, you may ask? He is the wedding guest who insists on photographing the wedding “alongside” the professional photographer hired by the couple. Unfortunately, “he” (While there are “Aunties Barb”, they remain a minority.) tends to also be in the way of the professional photographer. This does make the professional photographer job incredibly difficult and even sometimes downright impossible. Ever tried to take a picture of the bride walking down the aisle when Uncle Bob jumps in the aisle between you and the bride? Good luck... (Another photographer gives many examples here.)
Well, Claire and Francis’s wedding was the exact opposite of this. There were few Uncles Bob but they were just... wonderful! I even sincerely thanked one of them for helping me capture different aspects of the ceremony. This gentleman was photographing the ceremony, but always from a different location than me. When I changed locations (which I do a few times during the ceremony, discretely of course) and moved beside him, he moved to another spot. Now this is the useful way to be an uncle Bob; complement the coverage of the professional photographer instead of being straight beside them! I do not know how this particular gentleman’s pictures turned out (I bet he did get some nice images) but he put himself in a good position to get images that would nicely complement mine. He didn't use flash (a big no-no during the ceremony and one of the best way to ruin the professional photographer's work) and he certainly did not disrupt my work at all.
So if you do feel like being an uncle Bob at the next wedding you are attending, I suggest you do it this way. However, I personally think you’d have a better time putting your camera down and enjoying the occasion properly, but the choice remains yours...
While I do take capture some images of the food, I usually cannot spend much time producing close-up images as this gentleman.
He wasn't their uncle (He is a close friend of the couple.) and he wasn't named Bob (He flew in from Singapore... not many Roberts there!); the wonderful "uncle Bob" who second shot the ceremony the best way possible!