My Most Embarrassing Moment as a Photographer

I’m not the type of person to get embarrassed super easy. I mean yeah, I’ve had pretty embarrassing moments before. Like the time in high school when I broke my high heel and fell down a flight of stairs, or the time when I got out of my car wearing a new dress and the wind blew the dress up around my face and showed literally everything. Or the first time I farted in front of my husband when we were dating. It happens. But there’s one specific moment that comes to mind since I’ve been a wedding photographer.

I shot a beautiful wedding at the Mount Timpanogas LDS Temple in Utah last summer. The couple I was working with was just the cutest and we had so much fun during their engagement session. The day of the wedding came and it was just perfect. The weather was beautiful, the temple grounds were beautiful as always, and everything was running smoothly. The couple came out of the temple and we got great images of them. We went to go do their big group family pictures and then eventually broke out into smaller family groups.

We started off shooting with just the groom’s immediate family, and it went great. Enter in the bride’s immediate family. I called everyone over to line up for pictures, and it happened. Not just once, but multiple times. I CALLED THE BRIDE’S FATHER HER GRANDPA. So many times you guys. He was an older gentleman and I just assumed it was her grandpa. Everyone kept looking at me weird and I didn’t really think anything of it. Until like the fourth time it happened, the bride came up to me and whispered that the man I had been calling her grandpa was actually her dad. I was MORTIFIED. I wanted to just disappear and die. I profusely apologized to her dad, many times. Thankfully he just laughed it off. But oh my gosh, I felt horrible. I remember growing up and having my mom get called my grandma all the time because her hair had gone grey earlier than most people’s. And she hated it. I can only imagine how frustrating it was for my bride’s sweet father to be called her grandpa.

Boy did I learn my lesson that day. I now tend to stalk all my couples on social media prior to the wedding day to get some idea of who their family members are so I don’t make the same mistake again. I always err on the side of caution now and I hope I don’t ever make that mistake again.

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