In a recent post elements of professional courtesy as a guest have come up regarding posting the images on facebook. But what didn't get discussed much is how you tend to act as a guest at a wedding in which you aren't a hired pro, even though you are a professional photographer. Do you bring your camera with you? If so, do you bring your professional body, or a lesser model? Do you bring your whole rig, big flash and all, giant professional lenses, or do you bring just a 50mm and shoot with available light? If I do bring a camera with me, I make sure I am staying out of the way of the hired pro though, and out of their shots as well as best I can. I wonder because believe it or not, I have started to see hobbyists at weddings bringing 70-200 2.8 IS L lenses, and 580EX flashes. One even had a 5DmkII and she was just a casual photographer, it was a gift from her boyfriend because he heard it was a good camera. So should I feel like I should have to bring a lesser model with me when other guests who aren't pros are bringing top of the line equipment? For example, I was a bridesmaid in my sister-in-law's wedding this past weekend, so out of respect for the photographers who are wonderful talented individuals, I didn't bring my camera with me. My sister in law wanted me to just be able to be a guest and enjoy myself. Irony of all ironies, not having my camera was pretty much killing me after the hired pros left at their contracted time, but many photo worthy events went on. People knowing I'm a photographer keep emailing me saying, did you get any photos at the wedding??? The only camera I had with me was the one on my phone, and that certainly wasn't going to cut the mustard in a dimly lit reception. So how do you usually handle going to weddings as a guest, rather than as the hired pro?