Did your photographer take advantage of your “plugged in” wedding? (share!)

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

delovely13:  I’m considering asking people to put their phones/cameras away during the ceremony, but that at the reception, they’re fine. I just don’t want anyone thinking they can run up on the altar, and I really want to see everyone’s face rather than their cameras at the ceremony.

Post # 3
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3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Honestly, I would not be happy with pictures of my guests taking pictures with their phones, I want to see their faces! I am going to ask for a camera free ceremony and that guests do not take pictures next to the photographer during family/wedding party formals, but other than that pictures are fair game. I do want to have guest pictures from the cocktail hour and reception. I’ve shot a few weddings myself and trying to get nice pictures with everyone else’s phones or cameras sticking into the aisle is obnoxious. Not to mention everyone trying to get their own photos of the bridal party and family while the photographer is trying to do formals. I plan to have a note about this on the program.

Post # 4
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405 posts
Helper bee

delovely13:  I think your photographer did a really awesome job.  Love those pics.  🙂

Also, I hate unplugged weddings.  I just do.  They rub me the wrong way!

Post # 5
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2400 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

delovely13:  We only had 4 people there and my brother was using my phone to film the ceremony. I was so happy the photog came back with this little gem!

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We plan to do an unplugged ceremony, but after that it’s fair game.

Post # 8
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it’s fun! As nice as unplugged event would be, my network of friends is fairly plugged in. However I trust them all to be discreet at the appropriate times. I look forward to experiencing our day through the eyes/photos many different people.

Post # 9
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4894 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

delovely13:  As a photographer, I do take shots of over people taking photos, but honestly it’s more about covering my butt. I am not taking photos of guests taking selfies, I take photos of the guest when they’re hanging into the isle or holding their ipad up, or sticking their elbow in my way while I’m trying to shoot your first kiss so they can get their own iPhone photo. Thankfully, because of my second shooter(s) I have not missed an important shot – but I have personally missed them by guests getting in the way with their phones/cameras (and the shot was grabbed from a different angle by my second shooter). So basically, when a bride wants to know why their first kiss was captured from a different angle I can shot them the photo of their Aunt Sally’s arm & iPhone sticking out into the isle and she can see why.

Occasionally if the people in the photo are doing something funny, yeah I’ll take picture, but more often than not I don’t.

Post # 10
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801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is one of my favorite photos of my niece and me. I also love the following 2 photos he caught of my SO trying to figure out how to tie his bow-tie. 

 

delovely13: BeckyS0:  Those are fun! 

Post # 11
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

flying_hearts:  I love those pics of him watching youtube videos to tie his tie… so funny 🙂 I am having an unplugged ceremony, but after that guests can certainly use their camera!

Post # 12
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Quite a few of the photos we tend to take of guests looking at their devices and completely engrossed in the technology and not the moment are illustrations of why people ought to put them down.

Post # 13
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4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think the whole unplugged thing is so pretentious, I love the shots of people taking cell phone pics, or the guy looking at the youtube video. People can be “in” a moment AND with their phones simultaneously, and having that phone to take the selfie with your friends or the shot of the family can give you your own “piece” of that moment to take home with you, which is something that makes many people happy.

I think it’s well past time to stop villianizing the tech that makes our lives easier and more fun. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bebealways:  I’m the first one to admit that I couldn’t live without my iPhone. I seriously use it for everything. That being said, it’s really hard to be a wedding photographer in the digital age. I could care less if guests want to spend the entire wedding on their photos or taking their own photos. I do have a problem when they’re holding an iPad up through an entire ceremony. I’ve had weddings where the strict church rules don’t allow me any farther forward than the last pew. I’ve sat and watched, cringing, while people hang into the isle (so they are in EVERY shot) with their cell phone or iPad and I can do nothing but follow the rules. Thus resulting in an entire ceremony of photos with a guest’s iPad stuck into the middle of the isle.

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