- 5 years ago
I know there are several posts on photography, but this situation is a little different. We are eloping and having a party a few months later (cocktails, dinner, entertainment, dessert, dancing). There will be about two hundred people or so.
A little about me: I’m a photographer. I hate posed photos (“Everyone smile and lean your heads together. Pretend you’re having fun!). I also hate the paparazzi flashes and the clicking sounds from phones and amateur photographers. I hate the cheap, ill-crafted photos people take and place on facebook.
My idea: We will have several professional photographers at our party. They will take candids of not just me and my husband, but of all the guests. They are going to truly capture the feel of the party and all our loved ones. Once we get the photos back, we will create a fairly comprehensive album to send to everyone.
I understand the viewpoints made from other posts – “You can’t dare dictate what others do”, “If I get bored, I will take pictures”, “I want pictures of myself, my husband, my friends, etc”. While I appreciate these points, I CANNOT STAND the fact that everyone and their mother takes bad pictures of what is a special event to me.
If you were a guest and promised an album (not just a few pictures, but like a thick coffee table book of hundreds) of the entire party, not just the couple of honor, would you truly be offended? I don’t want to offend my guests, especially since they weren’t at the wedding itself.
We will simply ask in the invitation material and again with a sign at the door for guests to keep their phones silenced and in their pockets and to not bring cameras into the party. Of course they can take photos of themselves all dressed up – in the beautiful lobby, garden, veranda, etc.
Am I expecting too much?