We've been living in the age of smartphones for quite sometime now and the cameras on these little guys have improved so much over the years. This is a great thing! It's led to more pictures of more of life's moments! Which, in my book, is what photography is all about! When it comes to your wedding ceremony however, it's best to nicely ask your guests to pocket their phones, tablets, and cameras for just a little bit.
Now, I know that your guests are so excited for you and they just want to document your special day, maybe catch an angle that your pro might not be in at the moment, or they just want a photo of their own from such a meaningful day that they can look at right away. These images taken by your guests are great, just not during your ceremony and here's why.
1. Your moment: When you come down that aisle, what would you rather see? Your friends and family smiling in your direction as you walk to meet you future spouse? Or, a series of phones pointed in your direction as you crane you neck around them to get a clear view of the one you are about to promise your life to? When you're standing at the top of that aisle, waiting for your bride to appear, what would you rather see? Rectangular screens held in the air, or your beautiful bride beaming back at you?
2. Their moment: As a photographer, I know, it's hard to take in the moment completely with a camera in front of your face. That's why we are here, so they can enjoy the moment, and we can capture it. Asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony will allow them to be completely present with you. To laugh with you, cry with you, and really enjoy your ceremony.
3. We've got this: To be blunt, we are professional photographers. We have brought the necessary experience, knowledge, and gear to capture the story of your wedding day for you. We also have the ability to move around during the ceremony, which I highly doubt you want all of your guests to do. Prior to the start of your ceremony, we have walked through the site, found every angle that we think would capture your ceremony best and planned out how we're going to move around as unobtrusively as possible. We have thought out where we want to be and when. We're ready!
4. The pictures you get from us: Last but not least, asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony allows us to do our job better. As wedding photographers, we love capturing expressions, emotion, and real moments. It's hard to do that when people are viewing your wedding through their phone. Also, aesthetically, the glowing screens can be distracting in your images.
When it comes to an "unplugged" ceremony, I think that its something that a lot of couples don't think about. You don't realize how distracting a "plugged" ceremony can be until you're living it and by then it's too late.
All that said, guest pictures are fantastic during other portions of your wedding day. You will surely get some gems from them enjoying your cocktail hour and reception! Your wedding day is not about us and what we want. Its about you, your love, your friends and family, we simply want to capture that for you as purely as possible.