The Unplugged Wedding
Updated: Oct 1, 2018
Today, everyone's a photographer, which can be a real issue for the one you are paying to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments.
When you hire a professional wedding photographer, you can be sure that they’ve had to work around all kinds of conditions in order to get the perfect shot, the weather being one of them. One issue that many photographers have a hard time working around, however, is guests who get in the way of the perfect shot because they’re trying to take a photo of their own with their cell phone. If you value your wedding photography, opting for an unplugged wedding and asking your guests to put their phones and cameras away for the day or at least during specific times such as the ceremony is something you may want to consider doing.
Why you should consider an unplugged wedding:
After all, your guests should be there to celebrate with you and have fun, not be on their phones, trying to snap shots of the couple and the venue.
Cameras and cell phones can be a hindrance to your wedding photographer especially if there are several flashes firing off at once during an important, once-in-a-lifetime shot. You don’t want to be left with blown out images and harsh shadows that are very difficult to correct during the editing process. Keep in mind that you’ve hired your photographer for a certain number of hours and when family and friends are all trying to capture the same photo, it means that your photographer has less time to professionally capture the most important images and portraits of the day.
There is also the issue of the bridal party not knowing where to look during group shots. So often when we put a group together and "Uncle Bob" and "Aunt Janet" will take out their phones, some of the bridal party will be looking at the photographer, some will be looking at Uncle Bob and some at Aunt Janet. As such, we try to work with everyone to allow guests to take their photographs without impacting ours and our time.
Another common issue is that a lot of churches will only allow your photographer to stand in a specific area such as the aisle and when guests are all trying to take their own photos of the bride walking down the aisle or the first kiss, it limits what your photographer is able to capture. And, there is no way to truly reenact these special moments once they’re over.
Having an unplugged wedding doesn’t mean that your guests can’t take their own photos to remember your day, it simply means that your guests should be mindful of leaving the photos to the professionals during the most important parts of the day such as the ceremony and your first dance so that you have beautiful, professional photos that you can cherish for many years to come.