Ninja mode

 Vickie and Lee struggle with the rings at Pontlands Park, Chelmsford.

Vickie and Lee struggle with the rings at Pontlands Park, Chelmsford.

When it's time to get married the only direction I give my couples is to ignore me during the ceremony. I don't care if I faint, fall, or spontaneously combust, pretend I'm not there. Please give your attention to each other, the officials on the day and enjoy the moment.
During the ceremony, I do my best to be discreet and go unnoticed. To do this I find out about any photographic restrictions, I avoid using flash, and I engage full ninja mode. I must do pretty well, after the ceremony at a recent wedding one of the registrars asked who the official photographer was  "It's me, the guy with the camera standing next to you" ;).
Restrictions will vary from registrar to registrar; everyone has different views, and that's cool. Sometimes I meet someone very strict, and I'm only allowed to take photos at certain moments, but that's never been an issue for me. 
Introducing myself before the ceremony, to say hello, and to find out about any restrictions goes a long way. When I meet a strict registrar I charm them as quickly as I can ;) and ask a few questions. I usually find they may have had a bad experience with a previous photographer. Once I assure them I'm not going to use flash or be a nuisance everything usually's okay, and they forget I'm there.

Derek Anson

Dad, husband, photographer, footy fan, always talking about getting fit :)