Don’t be that guy!

I don’t normally post about my pet peeves. People don’t like reading about other people’s annoyances. But I also feel it my duty to provide my prospective brides with what I know to be true in terms of things that can potentially affect the quality of your wedding photos. One such annoyance for me are guests with cell phones and cameras. Now I love photography and I’m the last person who would discourage anyone from enjoying snapping away at anything. But things are getting out of hand. And people are oblivious to what they look like doing this because, well, they are too busy doing it!

At every wedding I shoot these days (have a look on my and any other photographer’s blog), there are guests who wants to get a photo with their phones. With arms extended into the aisle, they have no regard for what it might look like on the photos that the couple are paying thousands of rands to a professional to take. Why? Why do you need a mediocre photo of the bride walking in, the first kiss or the first dance? Do you want to be the first one to post it to Facebook? Is it really that important? I have to ask my couples why they would want that at their wedding? There is an easy solution- it is called the Unplugged Wedding.

Once the ceremony and confetti toss are over, your guests can take out their phones again (if they have to!) because then it becomes a bit easier for me to dodge eager photo fanatics. There will be plenty opportunity for them to snap away during the day, but a little consideration toward the once in a lifetime moments your photographer needs to capture, goes a long way.

Ask your guests to switch off and be present – you will be so glad you did!

  1. Natalie says:

    Thanks for being so diplomatic about your pet peeve and for the cute notice , I wish my wedding photographers would have done that for me , instead of abandoning me on my wedding day

  2. Kathleen says:

    after 30 years in the business, I have no problem asking people to please step aside, I also think it is so wrong that we have to dodge them! I did a wedding last April, the bride was an ex Model, I had 6 guests taking up space and I had to be very, very firm! As you rightly say, the couple have paid for a professional to do the shoot, not the family and friends.

  3. Agnes says:

    Just had a nosey at Westly and Robyn’s wedding pictures and you have done a brilliant job, they are superb. Helps when couple are very photogenic too i guess ha. We had a great time over in south africa and at the wedding. Well done Hannalee.

    Proud Aunt