Being a photographer I’ve learned that there are 3 main approaches that couples who are to be married take when it comes to their guests and cameras.

Couple number one does not pay attention to it at all. What difference does it make really? It’s a natural thing that everyone has their iphones in their pockets and that people who like photography will bring their DSLRs over.

Some couples actively encourage their friends and family to take as many photos as possible. Some ask them to sign up for apps such as Wedding Snap. That makes it easy to compile everyone’s photos in one place. It’s handy. No moment goes uncaptured.

Then there are those who ask their guests to shut off their camera phones for the day or the ceremony completely. They want everyone to be truly with them on their special day, focusing on what’s happening rather than trying to get their cameras to focus.

There are strong arguments to consider on both sides. Personally I can see that it’s appealing to see how the day unfolds from your guests’ perspective. At the same time, without sounding too cocky, I know that in many cases I can capture exactly the same moments and deliver them in higher quality. There is also the undeniable fact that guests sometimes compromise professional pictures in key moments. These moments can’t be replayed. Think first kiss, exchanging rings, walking down the isle. Once they are gone, they are gone. If someone jumps in front of my camera with their ipad – that’s it. If the bride is walking down the isle and I’m aiming for that perfect frame and someone gets in the way to capture the same photo right in front of me – that’s it. Everyone wants to capture these key seconds.

The guys from SLF Weddings explained some of the issues with tongue in cheek and it’ the best video of this kind I’ve seen! So relatable too!

Unplugged from SLF Weddings on Vimeo.

The decision is yours and the above is just food for thought. However… If you’d like to know about different ways of getting your wedding captured by your guests without the risks mentioned above stay tuned for upcoming blog posts or drop me a message! 🙂

Till the next time!
Radek Makar: Photomagician