will you let guests take photos using a flash during your ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: would you prefer your guests not take photos for the sake of higher quality professional shots?
    all ready have... all guests phones, ipads, flash cameras, videos and cameras are banned! : (7 votes)
    32 %
    will allow them to take shots after the ceremony but without a flash : (6 votes)
    27 %
    nah.. my wedding, my guests they can go for it! the proffesional will have to work around them : (4 votes)
    18 %
    will allow them to take photos but instruct them that the pro has the right of way for photos : (5 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    At the rehearsal I notified my officiant that I’d like him to announce it will be an “unplugged wedding”* because I saw that article, and people just ignored it and took pictures anyway. I had at least an uncle standing up the whole time with a camcorder, and my SIL was taking pictures the whole time as well. Every pro photo that includes the audience has her with her big camera up to her face (taking pictures of her kids who were just wandering around the main aisle, not even the wedding itself!)

    *I did ask at the rehearsal, and he was supposed to announce it before I came down the aisle, so it’s possible he just didn’t announce it at all. Reading that article is heartbreaking; those poor couples.

    Post # 4
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    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @wifey2be:  I let my guest use cameras, camera phones, iPads etc. For the ceremony… They stood in their seats and didn’t try to move around or go in front, so they wouldn’t be in both the photographers way.. I’m glad they took pics because their pics are all I have until I get my pro pics back.. I didn’t use or have my phone out to snap pictures.. I had no problem with it.

    Post # 5
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    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    As a full time wedding photographer I’m used to dealing with cell phones but lately the DSLRS and IPADS have gotten out of control at weddings. They are big and distracting and really do take away from pro photos so that’s a risk you take if you don’t ask guests to unplug at least for the ceremony.

    Post # 6
    Member
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We have invested in a great photographer.  Prior to the ceremony, the officiant will read this: “Welcome, friends and family! Good evening, everyone. Please be seated. James and Elizabeth invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology.

    Post # 7
    Member
    14 posts
    Newbee

    I am also a full-time wedding photographer… and there are times besides the ceremony that you might also want to consider.  I’ve had guests with cellphones step in front of my during the cake cutting, during the first dance, etc to take a photo with their phone.  I can move around them, yes, but when they step in front of me during a very important moment, it is going to compromise my work.

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