Dear wedding guests, this is how not to take a photo during the ceremony

May 30, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Dear wedding guests, this is how not to take a photo during the ceremony

May 30, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I’ve never been a fan of weddings. I don’t even like going to them, so I shall certainly never be photographing one. But lots of people do enjoy going to them, and they also enjoy getting in the way of the photographer. You know, the guy (or lady) who’s been paid to be there to record the permanent memories of the day for the bride and groom. That’s the couple the whole day’s supposed to be about.

Some guests, though still don’t seem to understand the point of not whipping out their phones or tablets to grab a shot. Even if it’s at the expense the ceremony itself. Shared by Brazilian photography site, Amor Pela Fotografia, Here we see what happens when one guest tries to get a shot of the bride coming down the aisle. Right before she loses her balance and comes crashing into the aisle herself.

It’s always tough in videos like this who to feel the most sorry for. The guest who fell over, the two helpers who had to rush out and quickly clean up the mess, or the bride. Actuall,y nah. No it’s not, it’s the bride, definitely the bride.

So, if you’re planning to visit a wedding, put the phone away, put the tablet away. Let the person that the couple have hired to photograph the day actually photograph the day. Nobody cares about your blurry low light smartphone photos as you come crashing down to the floor.

And if you’re planning a wedding yourself, consider making it unplugged. Of course, you might get some amusing outtakes if you don’t.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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21 responses to “Dear wedding guests, this is how not to take a photo during the ceremony”

  1. Mezame Shashin-ka Avatar
    Mezame Shashin-ka

    At least she wasn’t blocking the main Photog when she’s on the ground.

    She was totally floored by the bride’s entrance.

  2. Sven De Mol Avatar
    Sven De Mol

    She get’s back up and what does she continue to do… Didn’t learn her lesson.

    I do wonder if photographers even use shots like this, meaning all the guests on their phone while the bride comes down the aisle. Can’t imagine that being an interesting sight to see or to even put in an album.

  3. Eddy Kamera Avatar
    Eddy Kamera

    Owh.. this is embarrassing.

  4. Jo Bouchard Avatar
    Jo Bouchard

    Hahaha Please let the photographer work !!!! $$$

  5. trashken Avatar
    trashken

    “get a shot of the bridge”. Don’t let the bride see this.

  6. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Nothing interesting has ever happened at any wedding I’ve been to and the photographer works way to hard to take the same picture that every other photographer is taking at every other wedding. Just change the faces on the people involved and they are all the same. Yep, not taking photos at a wedding, ever. Except if 1 or my kids decided to get married.

    1. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Karen> Yep, that is actually what we are doing, not creating any kind of personalized artwork for our clients, fitting their personalities – but just some headswapping after each wedding…

      And how lucky are your kids? Having mom with no wedding experience at all, shooting their entire wedding, instead of being a part of the celebration… that is a wonderful idea!

    2. Karen Padilla Avatar
      Karen Padilla

      Ha. I didn’t say I didn’t have any wedding experience or any experience at all. I don’t like photographing people. They like to pose. I don’t like posed shots. My kids would actually be thrilled to have me photograph their weddings because they know I’d do a beautiful job just like I always do on all my photos.

  7. Tarron Bell Avatar
    Tarron Bell

    You answered your own little rant right there mate, photographers are hired to take photos of the wedding because the bride and groom want their photos taken

  8. Trevor Lovecross Avatar
    Trevor Lovecross

    You’ve got to be kidding me… Whilst I agree that it would be nicer for the couple getting married, if they could see their guests’ smiling faces, rather than their phones, this girl has done nothing wrong. It looks as though she is barely touching that poorly designed barrier, before it collapses. It’s not like she was obnoxiously hanging over into the aisle. She wasn’t even in the hired photographer’s way, blocking his/her view. As for the ‘poor people’ that had to clean up the mess, while it would certainly be ideal if they didn’t have to do that, they appear to be hired help, and they were just doing their job. The poor girl that fell over would undoubtedly be enormously embarrassed and in a little bit of shock, so getting straight back up and continuing like nothing happened is probably an involuntary action to help her cope with that stress.

    As for nobody caring about her crappy low light, blurry video – most people wouldn’t, but she will, and so might aunt Edna, whose 99 years old, and isn’t able to get about easily enough to attend the wedding.

    A piss poor article, that clearly wasn’t even worth the time it takes to proof-read it. Rant over.

    1. Fay Hartley Avatar
      Fay Hartley

      I agree Trevor! I recently attended my cousins wedding, made sure I was always behind the wedding photographer and snapped a few pictures for all the family who couldnt attend. I then shared them with the brides permission and I certainly didn’t have my phone in my hand the whole time!

      1. DJ Bravo Avatar
        DJ Bravo

        So you think that your family who was not there won’t not have seen the photos if not for you taking them? How about showing some class; put away your phone, let the professionals who were hired capture the Wedding and you can just observe the event with your eyes.

        1. Petko Popadiyski Avatar
          Petko Popadiyski

          Wedding photographers here tend to send the photos 1-2 months after the wedding. So what to do until then? How to show aunt Annie what was the wedding like? Or you want to share the snap/facebook/ig moment with your friends? Or for that we should wait another month for the wedding photographer to get ready…

          1. DJ Bravo Avatar
            DJ Bravo

            Well if your aunt is dying then i could agree with you if nothing is wrong with her, why can’t she wait 1-2 months to see the photos. On multiple occasions I had family members step in front of my camera while filming the wedding. I’ve seen people with phones and giant ipads held up blocking other guests view of the ceremony. Why can’t people live in the moment? everyone is addicted to taking out their phone every second to take a picture. It is so annoying to professionals and classy guests, who have better sense. Maybe brides should not hire professionals and just encourage all the guests to take as much photos and videos as possible. Post it all on facebook so people can see the mess.

          2. nacezavrl Avatar
            nacezavrl

            How about If you describe with your words how was the wedding ? Or you think that there was nothing so interesting to tell about it so you necessary need to tell that with pictures?

    2. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Having a bad day? Or are you just one of them that thinks if you are behind a screen you can just be rude if you feel like it?

      One can disagree, without being rude, in case you didn’t know..

    3. Trevor Lovecross Avatar
      Trevor Lovecross

      My comment about the article is no ruder than the article itself. Enjoy your day.

    4. Fay Hartley Avatar
      Fay Hartley

      Trevor Lovecross I call it speaking your mind and you would say it in person too!

    5. Trevor Lovecross Avatar
      Trevor Lovecross

      True, but I agree that you can speak your mind without being rude, and I don’t believe I was.

    6. Fay Hartley Avatar
      Fay Hartley

      Trevor Lovecross no I don’t think you were rude either lovely xx

    7. AK Avatar
      AK

      ummm… use some common sense here – if she was ‘barely touching’ the ‘poorly designed’ barrier, then only the barrier would have been knocked over, the only reason she found herself on the floor as well is because she had put all of her body weight on that barrier in an attempt to reach over and probably get in the way of the photographer who is at the other end of the aisle trying to do what he is being paid to do. (hope you didnt find this comment too rude)