Unplugged wedding ceremony - is it a good idea?
If you have been on pinterest lately, and frankly who hasn't, you have seen all the pins about unplugged weddings. As a wedding photographer I am in complete agreement with this idea. I have photographed hundreds of wedding and in the past year or two the amount of guests getting into great shots to catch a photo on an iphone, ipad or crappy little camera has become unbearable. I usually have 2 and sometimes 3 shooters at a wedding which increases my chances of not missing a shot. But as the picture above will show, I had "THE SHOT". The perfect smile, perfectly centered and framed shot but someone stuck half of her body out into the aisle at the time when I was pushing my cameras shutter button and my camera focused on her and "boom" put the bride and her dad out of focus. I did get other shots and my second shooter got other shots, but I didn't have "THE SHOT".
I did a wedding last weekend and the guest kept complimenting me on how nice I was to let everyone get photos with their cameras. I make it a point to make sure that I allow guest to get out their cameras during the reception. I ask them to let me get my shot and then allow anyone who wants a shot to get it. I make sure that the subjects of my photos know to look at me when I am shooting so I do not have eyes going every which way.
The bottom line is the couple, or in this case the groom's parents, are paying a professional to capture the day. We as professionals, work very hard at practicing and perfecting our craft to give amazing photos. If anyone should have a head in their photo is should be the lady in the aisle. The processional and recessional are once in a lifetime moments that we cannot recreate with the same emotion. So the next time you are at a wedding, think twice about popping your arm, head or body into that aisle to get a shot. When you think about it, what are you really going to do with that photo anyway? Chances are it will sit on your digital camera or maybe computer for years and never even get printed. If you are an engaged couple and know of one, please considered asking guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony. Most photographers hand our cards out to guest with the details to view or purchase images.
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