Paparazzi Wedding Guests & Unplugged Weddings

July 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

There is one wedding subject that often causes a lot of arguments, and that is should your guests be allowed to take photos?

I'm a firm believer in that is your decision, some opt for having a totally unplugged wedding, others ask their guests not to share photos until the evening or until after the couple have, and like everything to do with your wedding, that is your choice and no one should dictate that too you.

However.... if you do choose to allow your guests to use their phones, please encourage them to respect your photographers or videographers as I can honestly say I've lost count of the number of photos that have been ruined by guests with cameras, phones, or tablets getting in the way, and even pushing past to get their shot first, and some of those moments can't be replaced. I should warn that even if you do request no photos, some guests will totally ignore that.

I often find throwing the confetti is a favourite time for guests to act full paparazzi; as photographers we try to set the guests in such a manor that the couple walk through a shower of confetti to get beautiful photos as sometime their will be just one perfect one, with the right amount of confetti, and smiles, only to have Auntie Jean step out in front of the couple to get her photos, blocking the view of the photographer totally, meanwhile the confetti dwindles and the beautiful, carefully planned shot is lost, the same goes for either the bride and supporter walking in the church/room, or the couple leaving the church/room, yes it's lovely to have the memories captured on your mobile, however when the couple is spending many hundreds of pounds if no thousands on photographers, I'm sure they would rather have those shots than the ones from your phone. 

Any of our customers will know we have been forced to add a clause in our contract regarding this as it is so prevalent now, which is sad, as if only people gave a little thought to the couple, they would understand what they are doing, and even worse I've even had one person respond when asked to politely move, that they were sorry and had a unplugged wedding themselves for that reason, yet they were happy to do it to others. 

Finally if you are looking at having both photographers and videographers, please ensure they are happy working with each other, sadly we have had to work with one videographer who insisted on getting in the way constantly, even after being asked by a member of the wedding party to be more careful, and ruined several shots, some of which were very apparent to the couple concerned. I'm glad to say this was a rare occurrence.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have an amazing day, everyone respects your wishes and you have beautiful photos.

Roger.


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