There is something about weddings that makes people grab their cameras and come running to photograph all the action. I never realized until I was a photographer how much this was true. Each wedding I was “fighting” the paparazzi of family and friends, trying to capture events that I don’t understand why they need pictures of. The best example–cake cutting! Crowds gather, flashes are going, and each time I look in amazement on how many people want to capture it.
I can’t tell you how many times my photographs have been ruined by someone’s flash going off or the sensor, that meters the light, puts a grid on their face during the cake cutting. It truly was heartbreaking! The bride and groom hired us on to take these amazing photos, then *FLASH*–my image is overexposed from someones flash going off.
The best thing about experience though is knowing how to deal with it now. At each wedding the masses gather, we politely ask guest to just enjoy the cake cutting and inform them that we will be having the bride and groom cut the cake twice. Once so we can capture the true emotion and actions of cake cutting and a second time so everyone can photograph it as well. A simple solution to a big situation. Now we don’t have to worry about getting images that look like the two below and for that we are happy, the bride and groom are happy, and the crowd is happy.