Warning - venting... Maybe some of you can relate though.
Was asked by a family member to shoot her wedding and I agreed (it would take the place of my gift). I'm not a wedding photographer - it takes a special breed to deal with that kind of organized chaos! We started around noon and went all the way through the nuptials at around 7pm. Everything went smooth, until we got to the reception hall.
One of the groom's uncles recently started a photography business and he got it into his head that he'd 'volunteer' to be the groom's official photographer (he didn't shoot anything before the reception). I was a little annoyed, but no biggy. If he needed work, I was willing to cut him some slack. That all changed when his step-son arrived with the video camera. The kid (probably in his early 20's) was getting in my way the entire night. The damn LED light he was using was also messing with my lighting (two remote flashes) and he walked in front of me blocking at least a dozen shots. I tapped him on the shoulder about five or six times and asked him to please stop walking in front of me. The little snot just kept doing it. Then the uncle starts trying to organize the reception photos... seriously; totally disregarding the nights schedule (group photos, cake photos, speeches, etc). That's when I saw HER; the real person behind this little coup. The wife/mother was pushing both of them to take over. She pushed the step-son to get in my way and was directing her husband every step.
The other annoying thing was the guy's equipment outmatched mine two to one $$$ wise, and I know that really doesn't matter, but it's damn hard to compete with a full-frame sensor & 1.2/f red ring when you're stuck at 2.8/f in a dark dance hall. The only thing going for me was that he didn't look like he knew how to use a flash (one camera mounted flash firing directly at subjects). But, I still had a little equipment envy.
Anyway, the family member (bride) was as pissed as I was. The groom was exhausted and like most guys in his shoes, was ready to get drunk by the time we got to the hall; so no help there. Tomorrow I will be delivering the photos and will get to see his work.
Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest. It's the first time I've ever had a photographer vs. photographer impromptu throwdown lol.