In the past few years, everyone has become a photographer and wants to share every special moment with the world. Wedding guests take pictures because they want to remember the special day without the intention of being rude. There is absolutely no concern with this in everyday situations, however, when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime occasions such as a wedding, seeing life behind a camera or iPhone may cause a problem, especially if the special couple hired a professional wedding photographer. An 'unplugged' wedding, at least, an 'unplugged" ceremony, has become a popular option for couples. This article shares Grand Lens Photography's five reasons why couples should consider having an "unplugged" wedding.
Interrupting camera flashes
Professional photographers seldom use the pop-up flash on a camera. Photographers use their knowledge of natural and artificial lighting in a controlled manner and this enables the capability to capture the best photographs. However, when guests begin to take photos using their cell phone and digital camera with automatic flash, it ultimately disturbs the controlled atmosphere created by the photographer. As a result, the photo is washed out and no couple who has hired a photographer wants poor wedding photos because a guest of theirs just had to capture their own photo.
Wedding guests who love to take their own pictures feel the need to step into the aisle or even shove the hired professional out of the way to get the photo they want. Although the excitement of the guests is understandable, it can ruin professional images. Photographers know where to stand and what angles to use for different moments. Also, they only have one second to capture those significant moments (e.g., the first kiss). A guest hopping into the aisle at the last minute or holding up a large iPad can block the view of the photographer. The end result could be a photo of Aunt May, standing in the aisle with her camera or the bride being blocked by the head of another guest.
Most guests want pictures of the family or maybe a photo of the bride and bridesmaids standing together. The photographer may be preparing them self for a photo of the bride and maid of honor when a few guests stand behind the photographer begin snapping pictures. Naturally, this throws off the photographer's focus of the bride and maid of honor, therefore, the photographer might get pictures of the bride looking in one direction and the maid of honor looking in the opposite direction. This occurrent may agitate the professional photographer's photo. For quality portraits, keep your focus on the professional photographer you hired.
Distracted wedding guests
Enthusiastic guests feel the need to capture every moment with their cell phones, but is that not why the couple hired a professional? Instead of having a clear view of the bride making her way down the aisle, the photographer now has to evade the guests leaning in, trying to snap their own picture; a picture which they immediately filter, hashtag, and share on social media. before they realize it, they have missed a majority of the ceremony. A couple sends wedding invitations to those closest to them so they may share the special occasion. By taking photos with a smartphone or digital camera, the guests exclude themselves from the moment of the day, hoping to capture one great picture. If this is acceptable to the bride and groom, then it will be accepted by the photographer. However, in several cases, electronic usage during the ceremony is not appropriate.
First look disasters
Wedding guests ought to delay posting pictures of the wedding online until AFTER the ceremony. Many "first looks" have negligently happened online before the wedding because a bridesmaid or a groomsman uploaded pictures to social media before the wedding and the bride or groom, who were killing time by browsing on Facebook, saw their future spouse before the ceremony. Sometimes people prefer to keep things quiet due to varying circumstances and no one wants to cause unwanted stress. The bride and groom are the photographer's high priority during the wedding. The client pays a large sum of money to make sure the professional photographer documents the event and it becomes disappointing when an overeager guest becomes a nuisance. Oftentimes people do not realize their actions until the damage is already done and this article aims to educate people that will take this advice and perhaps consider the professional photographer before moving in their way for the special photo.
Aside from the wedding invitations, couples can inform guests of an "unplugged" wedding ceremony by including a notice of the request in the wedding program or set up an entrance sign. Another way is to have the officiant announce that the bride and groom have requested for everyone to be present during the ceremony and share the moment without technology. Applying these tips to any wedding plan will ease stress for both the couple and their wedding photographer.