At a baptism on the weekend, it was being held outdoors at close to midday, so I had my 60D with the speedlite on it for fill-flash, and the lens hood on as where we were all made to stand had us all facing towards the sun quite a bit.
The first two people baptised had no family present, so as a favour for a friend of theirs, I took some photos of their baptism for them, then the next two people baptised were MY family members that I was there to take photos of, and so of course I took some photos of them, but then I stopped taking pictures and got out of the way in case anyone else was taking pictures of their family.
However, after the event, one of the ladies came up and asked me how she buys the pictures of her Son's baptism. When I told her that I hadn't taken any. She looked crestfallen and said she'd thought I was there to photograph the event, and so she hadn't bothered trying to take photos because she assumed mine would be better than any she could take with her phone.
Oh My GOD I feel absolutely dreadful!!!
Firstly, I'd have happily taken some for her even though I'm nothing more than a learner myself if she'd asked me before hand, but to have someone take none themself because they mistook my gear for meaning I was some kind of paid pro, has left me devastated. I'm going to have to get some kind of warning sign made to hang around my neck.
I'm pretty sure she'll be able to round up some pictures from everyone else that was there, many of whom were taking pictures of everyone, so I guess she'll be able to find some pictures in the end. But what a horrible experience. It's made me feel afraid to take out my camera at any event ever again (either that or photograph everyone in case someone wants copies).
With every other person there pointing their phones at the people being baptised, or at best using small P&S cameras, I can see how my camera might have made her think that I was some kind of paid Tog, but for Pete's sake, I'd hardly be standing with everyone else if I was, I'd have probably had free access, or at least more access.
Damn I feel so bad about it all. It's not like someone can get baptised again so she can get the pictures she missed out on.
How do you NOT look like a photographer when using a DSLR while everyone else has phones and P&S cameras in hand?