Post # 1
I have seen something at recent weddings that has just left me feeling APPALLED, especially at this last one. What on earth tells people it is a good idea to take flash photography pictures during a wedding ceremony?!? People hire photographers for a reason!
I am NOT allowing flash photography during the ceremony at my wedding. However, it is entirely possible that maybe I’m being annoyed over nothing–so how do you feel about it, hive?
Post # 3
I took flash photography at a friend’s wedding. It’s not like I stood up and creeped my way up to the front. She asked me to take pictures so she’d have some right away. Do you really think you’re going to notice the flashes when your back is to the people? You won’t. Some churches prohibit flash photography, though. My wedding was outside, and if people want to take pictures, all the more power to them. I set up a shutterfly site and collected them afterwards! I think you’re making something out of nothing. I mean, how are you explicity going to prohibit flash photography? you can put up a sign or mention it in the programs, but that’s about all and people will do it anyways.
Post # 4
People are taking the time to bring their cameras with them to your special day because they know it is a huge celebration and want to make sure to capture the special moments… I think it’s really nice of them to care so much, providing that they aren’t in the middle of the aisle, snapping away while you try to make your way around them… 🙂
Post # 5
I guess that’s the thing… at one wedding, they were fine. At another… Everyone pulled out a camera, and I mean everyone! The bride actually almost stumbled because of the flash! It just seemed so wrong–these people should not be like paparazzi. I guess I just have crazy feelings about it because I am clumsy and I would be the girl that falls on my wedding day from being blinded! I felt so bad for her.
Post # 6
Yeeeeah, that’s a lot of people then, but I think it sorta comes with the territory if you have 800 people with digital cameras at your wedding.
I’d definitely say that’s a unique situation
Post # 7
Our church doesn’t allow them, they actually have this little sign. It annoys me, but I don’t bring my camera to weddings anyway. I just hate to be told what to do.
How are you planning on banning cameras at your wedding?
Post # 8
*Note, this is from my good freind, a professional photographers, conversation with me*
He really doesnt like other flashes going off when he is trying to take pictures. Its not the annoyance factor, or people getting distracted… its the lighting! It takes some fine tuning to get the setting on a professional camera how they want for the lighting in the room and such…. when a bunch of people start taking pics the flash can distort the settings that they had. Its not like they can just whip out a camera like a regular guest and use the auto setting, people are paying a lot of hard earned money for good pictures. It will take a few shots to get the settings right before there are any useable shots… that is why they shoot and the ground and other random things to see the pic quality.
Anyways, I take my camera to weddings, but I try to be concious of the professional that was hired. I will turn the flash off or wait until they are moving and then use the flash..
Post # 9
I’m not taking issue with this. Unless our photog says something needs to be said, we won’t mind.
Post # 10
When I take pictures during the ceremony, I am very careful to make sure the flash isn’t on because it could be distracting to others around me. Will I ban flash photography at my own wedding? Probably not. I think most people have the common decency to not be overly distracting…at least I hope.
Post # 11
This drove me CRAZY at a wedding I went to recently. But now I find myself looking forward to seeing friends’ pictures on Facebook after our ceremony. 🙂
Post # 12
I like the idea of people helping us gather all the pictures from our wedding at the end using shutterfly or another site. I have even seen it suggested in magazines as opposed to providing one time use cameras.
Post # 13
Our church will not allow any photos to be taken during the ceremony. They feel that this is a sacred ceremony and it should be respected as such. We have been asked to ensure that our guests know of this policy.
We will have a videographer capturing the ceremony. We had a demo DVD sent to us. The couple on the video had a tremendous amount of flash going off as the bride walked down the aisle. It was horrible She looked surprised, eyes shut from the blinding flashes. Completely overtook the beauty of the moment.
We plan to make a note in our program, and the Church DOC will make an annoucement before the ceremony begins about cell phone and cameras.
Post # 14
I’m with GaBGal in that I don’t take issue with flash photography…. but then again, we’re having an outdoor ceremony (on a bright sunny day, *fingers crossed*) so hopefully our guests won’t need to turn on their flash. Either way, I doubt I will notice while walking down the aisle… I know I’ll be too nervous and the plan is to FOCUS on the Fiance. 🙂
Post # 15
It isn’t really the distraction to the bride and groom, but it would mess with the photog’s photograph(s). Different light sources going off in all sorts of directions causes more setting changes which also means more chances of missing the shot needed.
Post # 16
Being the budding photographer that I am, if I had an indoor wedding, I would probably ban flash as well for the sake of the professional I hired. I know our cake-cutting pictures didn’t really turn out because of another person’s flash on their camera
(notice the red light. NOT from out photographer. just about all of the the cake cutting pics had this red light somewhere)