They are posing for the pro who was paid a bit more than I think he was worth, (like at least double) and who didn't like anyone in the same area as he was. He was shooting with 2 1D3's and a couple of short non Canon primes which kept him right in front of them the majority of the time. It was almost impossible to shoot them straight on, and in actual fact I was the one who staged the set of photos at the arbor, but since he was the paid pro he decided to push his way in as though it was his duty. When the wedding ended they all marched into the building, and the pro was content to leave it at that, but I wasn't so I had them come back outside before either the light faded, or it rained, which was the main weather forecast for that WEEK. We got lucky & it held off for a couple of hours until dark, but it did come down very heavily later.
I get to see just how the pro did in a few days, but I know the stepdaughter isn't too happy with the samples she's seen. He wanted to just take photos on the fly as an observer & had no intentions of staging pose style photos even though he had been told she wanted several. His people skills need a lot of work, because his frustration came out several times when asked for family photos of the different groups she wanted taken as groups. I understand that the paid pro needs room & control, but they also need to do as asked by the person paying the bill if at all possible, and be polite about it. This is the first pro I've met that I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
Yeah, I hear you!
That's why I shy away from doing weddings all together...too many personalities involved and only one opportunity to get things perfect.
I know a couple of local wedding shooter pros and they have way too many horror stories about impossible expectations that their clients have and then refuse to pay when they don't like how they looked in the pictures.