With a surge in photo-enabled devices it’s now easier than ever to take a photo and even upload it to the world wide web within seconds.
While this can be fantastic it also brings potential pitfalls. If guests are going to take photos let’s make them good ones worth taking 🙂
- KNOW HOW TO TURN YOUR FLASH OFF
Using a flash often leads to the “rabbit caught in the headlights” look if you’re too close, or doing diddly squat if you’re not close enough. Your flash, and the little red light that shines before it flashes can also ruin the pro’s photos. I’ve seen people unwittingly flashing away during ceremonies too which is really distracting to the other guests and completely unneccassary. The best bet is to turn that flash off until the night do.
- BE AWARE OF WHERE THE PROFESSIONAL IS AND TRY NOT TO GET IN THE WAY
The bride and groom won’t thank you if every photo is ruined by the back of your head or worse, your bum crack as you bend and contort to get that photo you simply must have.
- THE FORMALS
Rounding people up for formals and holding their attention long enough when the bar is calling their name is hard enough without a gang of paparazzi guests with cameras hanging around shouting to people behind the photographer. It drags out the time it takes to get these done and so taking away from the time for the other photos, and ends up with people not knowing who to look at!
- USE A ZOOM
You can still get close without being a distraction, simply use that zoom!
- ENJOY BEING IN THE MOMENT – YOU’RE THERE TO CELEBRATE WITH THE COUPLE, NOT TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER
It won’t happen again, and you’ll be sorry if you spent all your time behind your camera.
- STAY IN YOUR SEAT DURING THE CEREMONY
Getting out of your seat is distracting and unfair to the couple as well as the other guests
- TURN THE BEEPING BEEP OFF YOUR BEEPING CAMERA!
I know you can find it SOMEWHERE in those settings
- BE AWARE OF HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU BEHIND THE CAMERA/PHONE/IPAD
So this sounds like a strange one, but consider if you were the couple walking down the aisle, and instead of seeing your family and friend’s smiling happy faces, all you could see were gadgets being held up and all your loved ones hiding behind them watching screens. Pretty disappointing hey? Be there! Don’t watch their wedding through a screen.