I wrote this article about how to create the perfect conditions for your wedding photographer to create beautiful images a few years ago.
Since then, a few things have changed, the most significant being the SURGE IN WEDDING GUESTS GETTING IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S WAY.
BIAS ALERT: I have to declare a bias, in that *I* am a wedding photographer. So if you think I have an agenda writing this stuff, please feel free to ignore it and look at some pretty pictures instead.
Digital cameras are now cheaper than ever and weddings create the perfect environment for keen amateurs to try out their photo skillz.
So they turn up at the wedding, camera in hand and expect to have a ball taking images for the happy couple and maybe creating a snazzy looking Facebook album for them as a gift the next day. What could possibly go wrong, right?
The problem with this is, the couple have invested in their professional photographs. They have likely spent $3000-$8000 for a professional to be there and capture beautiful results. By turning up with your camera you are giving that professional nothing to shoot but YOU SHOOTING WITH YOUR CAMERA. Not only that, you are not fully present in the moment. You are worried about settings and exposure and composition, you are not listening to the vows and focusing on the couple.
Please read “THE UNPLUGGED WEDDING.”
Feel free to encourage your guests to take as many photos as they like, but PLEASE consider asking them to refrain from photography during your ceremony. Keep it special. Ask them to focus on YOU, not their LCD screen.