We are huge supporters of Social Media and the use of what our nifty cell-phone cameras can do these days! Instagram and Facebook has changed the way we share our lives with the public as well as our businesses. It has allowed us to engage with our clients, follow-up with them, and their families like never before and we LOVE that! The personal relationships it allows go beyond social media, and we are grateful for this. Until recently it seems we have noticed the unfavorable outcome of the use of new technologies.
Let me begin by saying that we don’t mean to make-fun or call-out anyone by this post, ONLY to inform future brides by a few suggestions… We are aware that there are many facets to a wedding, and professional wedding photography is just one of those. As Professional Wedding Photographers for your wedding, we are hired to capture the raw emotions & create ART that is one of a kind for your wedding day that represents you as a couple. There are numerous aspects to Wedding Photography that goes into play on a wedding day… Lighting, location, timeline, weather, personalities, emotions, composition, camera gear, logistics, and the list goes on. It is one of the most precious tasks that we do NOT take lightly.
To put it plainly, cell phone usage can take away raw moments/emotions, and even be a distraction on a wedding day.
We have seen time and time again throughout a wedding where the guests are distracted from a sweet moment due to the usage of their cell phones. On occasion, we have a guest get in middle of the aisle as the Bride and Groom are seeing each other for the first time with their “camera,” during the ceremony various cell phones are flashing off and the screens are illuminated as they reach arms out on the aisle or up in the air, the going away shot occasionally has to be re-done because people are in the walkway directly in front of the couple…
We understand wholeheartedly that the guests are excited and want a picture of their own to share on social media, but this breaks my heart to no end! What should have been a moment the guests can freely enjoy ‘in the moment,’ we have not captured as hired Professional Wedding Photographers due to obstruction, cell phone cameras are the main focus in the imagery, or we have to completely re-do the shot & not capture the raw emotional expression of AND for the couple.
What can be done to help out with this unique Wedding Cell Phone Camera phenomenon?
1. Ask your guests in your Wedding Program to please turn off ALL usage of cell phones all-together.
2. Have signs at the ceremony AND reception, and ask guests to please limit Cell Phone pictures and/or usage.
3. Ask guests to please limit Cell Phone pictures and/or usage during the wedding in the Wedding Program, in conjunction with a sign in the Ceremony AND Reception.
As photographers, we are here to capture the essence of your wedding day. Create imagery that you will cherish for years to come. Our heart is for you to cherish ART that you can show your family today, and your children and grandchildren tomorrow. We hope to make guests more aware by this post.
We are guilty of being ‘Instagram artists’ too ;) And want to share special moments on social media with everyone just like the next person! However, next time you hold your camera up at a wedding, during the ceremony, while the bride is walking down the aisle to see her husband-to-be, dancing with her daddy at the reception, or walking away to head to the honey-moon, please be mindful of the months, days, and HOURS of planning they did to go into the wedding day to make it special. The money they invested to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture the moments they will pass down to their children and great-grandchildren. Do you really want to be THAT guy in the picture with the cell-phone held up blocking the couple?
Please trust us as professionals and take the time to BE IN THE MOMENT with the couple. Take-in moment-in-time that seem to rush by all too quickly.