Nice fish btw! Carp are very hearty
a fish hook in the mouth is quite a bit more damaging. yes ive handled them by hand too but to handle them by hand you have to let them lay in the net till they quit fighting or youll drop them 10 times trying to handle them.with the pliers there only out of the water for a couple minutes.
...except for their mouth area. You 100% never want to put pliers on their lips to pick them up. Like others have said, especially when they get over 10lbs..you should hold them horizontally for the picture. Most Carp anglers reel the fish in, leave the fish in the water in a landing net (my carp net can hold a human...lol..) for a while until you're ready to take the pic. Then simply drag the landing net to the shore, take the fish out, hold them for the pic and release. The fish will be out of water only for a very short time period. But I totally agree the smaller Carp will flop all over the place, the larger fish don't flop as often.