Post # 1
Howdy hey, Bees!
Most people burst out laughing when I take my cell phone out — it’s a clunky old one with no data plan, and the teeniest murkiest camera ever. These days if I take a picture, the phone shuts off right away without saving the image. Honestly, I’m not bothered by it. As long as I can make and receive calls, and send text messages, my phone suits my needs. At this point, to be a 25-year-old without a smartphone, it’s an icebreaker with new friends that I don’t mind at all. It gives me some Amish mystique!
(Plus, I know myself well enough to know that if I had a smartphone with a decent camera, I’d be spending farrrr too much time taking and sending racy photos of myself to my fiance :-p)
With that said, I’m a little anxious about dress shopping, which I’ll start in the next 3-4 weeks. The bees here have such helpful shots of themselves in their dresses as they shop, and I’m concerned I won’t be able to have the same reference images during my own journey. I know lots of bridal shops have no-photos policies, so I doubt my gigantic DSLR will go unnoticed if I take it out to grab shots of myself in a dress. It’s much easier to be a selfie-ninja if all it takes is whipping out your iPhone!
I’d love to be able to share shots of myself in dresses with my FMIL and friends, who all live at a distance. How have you managed the shopping experience, bees without flashy phones? One option is to borrow my fiance’s phone to use while I try things on, but that seems risky (cloud-uploading!) and an inconvenience.
Thank you so much for your input!
Post # 2
How about buying yourself one of those disposal cameras (I think they still make those) and then when you get the film developed, also ask for the digital images on a CD? Or just buy a smartphone or a digital camera.
Post # 3
who will be going shopping with you? does a girl friend or your sister or something have a smart phone? also it depends on the place – some won’t even allow a quick cell phone selfie (I had one place freak out and almost collect everyone phone bc one friend didnt know and took a picture) while others don’t care and will pose with you etc – maybe focus more on the second type of place and then you will be fine with any camera?
Post # 4
Do you have a digital camera, or know anyone you could borrow one from?
Post # 5
There was this great device, it was invited in 1685. It has the ability to capture what you see right in front of you. .. It’s called a camera. Get a cheap disposible or borrow a friends. I do not know of any shop that doesn’t allow photography. Most shops actually encourage it
Post # 6
Thank you all — I should have been clearer. I’m in fact a film school grad! I have a fantastic semi-pro digital camera that I mentioned above (DSLR, for “digital single-lens reflex”), it’s just fairly massive and not at all subtle, in case a shop has a no-photograph policy. It’s not the easiest thing to whip out of my purse.
@MrsGlover, I haven’t gone dress shopping yet, so I’m only going off of the feedback I’ve heard from friends and peers. It seems that some salons are concerned that brides will use their pictures to have replicas created, rather than purchase the dress in-store. I don’t fully agree with those policies, but I also don’t want to anger the shopkeeper.
Post # 7
They let us take pics with my iPad. I wouldn’t do any covert shots if not allowed, though.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
What about someone you’re taking with you? One of your bridesmaids?
Post # 9
i don’t have a smartphone either, haha (but i actually just caved and ordered one last night). but anyways, i ended up buying a dress at the first shop i went to (and they didn’t allow pictures to be taken until after i purchased the dress), so i didn’t really need to take pictures of different dresses during my shopping process. but i would just use a friend or family members phone/camera and have them send you the pictures.
Post # 10
Most places I went didn’t allow pictures to be taken, so you may need to check with the salons you’re going to first. But, as other PPs have said… if you’re going with friends, they might be able to take pics with their phones, or if they have a digital camera you could borrow.
I had some pics taken on my phone, and my mom took some pics on her digital camera. But, these were only done at the salons that allowed pictures.
Post # 11
The salon I got my dress at didn’t let you take a photo until you purchased the dress. There were pretty much always people around so a sneak photo would have been impossible.
At other salons, even though I have a smart phone my mom or sister usually took it on theirs and emailed them to me.
Post # 12
miasanmia: I woud say call the salons and ask ahead of time — about 1/2 of the ones I went to wouldnt allow pics — when I went to the last one where I bought the dress the bridal consultant did me a solid and allowed us to take photos even though it was against the rules.
So, the “no pictures” rule exists.