I encourage all brides to consider one of the biggest challenges your photographer faces–it’s not the weather or the lighting but your wedding guests. It’s tragic when Aunt Sue cuts in front of the professional photographer and ruins an either wise memorable shot.
Perusing the inter-webs I came across a May 2013 Huffington Post and it’s relevance rings well beyond it’s year and a half date. Corey Ann from Corey Ann Photography expressed her sadness over the overzealous wedding guest who jumps in front of the camera ruining an otherwise picture perfect moment. The following text was pulled from that article:
“Prior to the ceremony, the officiant read this: “Welcome, friends and family! Good evening, everyone. Please be seated. Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology. If Dan can do it, then so can you.” I can’t tell you how many happy leaps of joy my heart did when reading this!! The guests all obeyed, and even after the ceremony, many decided to keep their arms down and their hearts open and enjoyed the day, instead of being an observer from behind their cameras.”
I have to repeat the words “distraction of technology”. There are many diversions available and technology is only one but this one is gaining momentum in it’s attention seeking capability. Everyone has a device in their pocket which allows them to connect worldwide but interrupts them from the present. To me this photographer’s challenge is also a chance to give your guests the opportunity to unplug. How many times have you used your phone to take a picture and had to look at a new text message/email. I say don’t. Opening our hearts to experience that which is right in front of us is something to be done everyday. Cut out distraction and be present on your wedding day! Help your guests and they, in turn, will help you.
Being a truly present guest is a gift to all (including the photographer); allowing friends and family to relax and enjoy every moment (in the moment) on your wedding day.
Leaving photography to the professionals…