(Closed) Guests as Paparazzi…Yikes!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was SOOOO worried about this happening at my wedding after seeing photos like this, but it was fine. The typical guest will have enough common sense to stay out of the photog’s way, and the typical photog will be able to get herself in a good position to capture her subject.

 

This photo honestly looks staged to me. Like you said, an iPad? Really? No one is that dumb to bring an iPad to a wedding.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Wonderstruck:  I disagree that the average person is smart enough not to bring a iPad to a wedding. Common sense isn’t as common as you would think. 
A lot of people are opting for “unplugged” weddings. Here’s some inspirational pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Wonderstruck:  I really REALLY don’t think it’s staged. My godmother totally uses her iPad as a camera very, very often. 

My best friend opted for a small wedding because she had a HUGE fear of walking down the aisle “with everyone staring and taking pictures of me!” I thought it was weird (she’s not a shy person and her job requires a lot of public speaking) until I saw Mrs. Unicycle’s post about her freak out. That picture of everyone smiling all crazy and pointing cameras FREAKED. ME. OUT. I’m very seriously considering asking for an unplugged ceremony now. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I’ve got a lot of friends who consider photography a hobby, and I’m worried they’ll spend so much time trying to take pictures that they won’t be emotionally present and that they’ll get in our actual photographer’s way. I fully intend on having an “unplugged” ceremony!

I do think that the photo was staged a little, not that the situation wasn’t real but that the photographer took a photo from that angle to show how annoying it is for them to deal with. I hope they took a step to the left after that picture though!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Actually this was more of a problem at my brother’s destination wedding. I feel like the down the aisle pics and all that are fairly normal. And I wouldn’t care if it’s an iPad vs. a small camera, I guess it’s just a sign of the times. (Well obv they should stay out of the way of the photog).

 

So anyway, my bro/SIL had the ceremony and we all went off to the side for the family pictures. Since it was a DW wedding and the 30 guests were just standing around, they all just started taking pics with/next to the photogs! All the flashing or what have you became a problem for the photographer. So they made an announcement at the reception to not take pics w/ the photog. I think at the end of the day it just meant mosts guest didn’t have the cake cutting pics. But yeah, SIL was pretty annoyed at the time, understandably. But no one ever thought about it before.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just find it annoying to even be around people who take or ask others to take too many pictures.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That pic is exactly why I’m having an unplugged wedding.  That and the last two weddings I went too. They were both weddings of the FI’s extended family and sooooo many people were in the ailes and being so obvious.  Fi’s grandpa actually stepped ou in front of the bride as she came down and I do not want that!! So we’re having our officiant say a quick blurb right before the ceremony to put away all devices! This can be a heated topic on these boards. But for me personally, with the tight budget i’m on,  i splurged for a photographer and i want him to have the best shots and not be competing.  If i got a pic back like the one above, i’d be so upset!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I really wish I had thought of this for our wedding.  Despite only haveing 24 guests, most of them were papparazzi LOL. My step-father in law actually ran back and forth up the aisle to get photos… it was really annoying.  He was getting in the way of our pro-photographers.  Really wish I had been on top of that from the get go.

 

I had to PERSONALLY photoshop people out of the photos while my bridal party was coming down the aisle.

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think I would laugh!

But I don’t think anyone at our wedding will be taking cell camera pictures. Our aisle is only 10 pews deep, so there really isn’t time to!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrsbruff2b:  why? do you want memories of what truly happened, or do you want a photoshoot?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

(I actually encouraged everyone in my wedding to take photos)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You would think most people wouldnt bring an Ipad to a wedding to take photos…surely if you an afford and Ipad you have a camera that can take better pictures, right?

But there was someone at my wedding with an Ipad. I remember seeing as I walked down the aisle and thinking “what the hell?” My photographer actually has a picture of the lady outside the church taking pictures with it. I don’t really mind now, it was one person. Oh and my mom’s boyfriend had his blackberry playbook to take picctures with. Why he didn’t just use my mom’s camera, I don’t know. But at least he sent me the pictures! The lady with the Ipad didn’t even show us the pictures she took!

When I got back my pro photos, there weren’t too many people taking pictures in the photos. I actually don’t remember seeing many people taking pictures either (I acutally think it’s more of a North American thing to bring your camera everywhere and take pictures all the time because “omg I need pictures to put on FB/Instagram/whatever!” My husbands friends and family in Ireland rarely post any photos on facebook and it was mostly people from Canada taking pictures). I was thinking of doing an unplugged wedding but I’m glad I didn’t because I was dying to see photos afterwards. We waited about 2 months for our pro pictures to be sent to us.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I kind of get this; I mean, people pay thousands of dollars for a photographer, and guests don’t need to be snapping pictures of everything when they’ll see way better ones from a pro.

On the other hand, I’m excited to see shots ASAP that guests take. I’ve never been to a wedding where everyone had their cameras up all the time, though.

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