Pretty much every single person I know has a camera in some way; in smart phones, inexpensive point and shoots, an iPod…..the list can go on and on. With so many people having access to a camera it’s no wonder that weddings are filled with people taking pictures. It has become normal for so many wedding guests to be snapping pictures the whole day–walking down the aisle, kissing, cake cutting. You name it, it’s being photographed. It is hard sometimes as a photographer to truly capture a wedding how it should be, istead aisle ways are crowded with people leaning in to make sure they get their photos, not even considering that the professional photographer was hired to capture each gorgeous moment.
It is hard to truly enjoy the moment if you face is stuck in a camera or looking at a screen. That is why I want to invite any and all bride’s to be to take a stance have an uplugged wedding. Oh yes, I said it and I’d proudly proclaim it!
One of the best ways I’ve ever seen it worded was on a wedding program–it said. “We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks-and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and enjoy how the wedding feels. We’re respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras and cell phones off. We’re happy to share our professional wedding photos late, but the greatest gift you can give us today is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.” Just think about how amazing that would be! No matter what you decide to do, I hope it at least gave you a little perspective.