This video is a perfect parody of wedding guests taking photos

Oct 27, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Oct 27, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve seen a lot of rants about wedding guests taking photos with their phones. They not only get in the way of professional photographers, but also the marrying couples aren’t happy to see a bunch of phones instead of their guests’ faces. SLF Weddings made a fantastic video about this named Unplugged. And rather than being a rant, it’s a parody calling out on these guests in a pretty funny way.

The video doesn’t only mention the guests who get in the photographer’s way with their phones. It doesn’t spare the photographer guest “who came to take some shots for his portfolio,” the auntie with a DSLR and a pop-up flash, or the uncle who takes photos with an iPad. If you are a wedding photographer (or you had your wedding in the past decade or so) – I think you’ll love this.

https://vimeo.com/188698704

Although this video is a parody, it’s not that far from the truth. First of all, it’s true that people stare at their phones and tablets rather than sharing the once-in-a-lifetime moment with the couple. I think that’s pretty sad (and kinda scary), and it happens everywhere, not just at the weddings.

When it comes to guests getting in the photographer’s way, there are reasons why both photographers and the marrying couples complain about it. First, you’re making the photographer’s job much more difficult as he tries to capture the important moments and not have your iPad or selfie stick in the frame. I think this is an obvious one. When it comes to the couples – they paid for the professional photographer, and it costs a lot. So, if you’re constantly interfering, you’re ruining the shots for them, too.

In addition, smartphone snapshots can’t be better than the photos taken by the professionals who were hired to do it. This reminded me of Eirik Halvorsen’s blog post: he shared his guests’ snapshots and showed what he and his wife would have ended up with if they hadn’t hired a professional photographer.

Now, I haven’t had my wedding yet, and I’m not a wedding photographer. But, as a wedding guest, I must say I’m not into banning the phones completely. I (maybe naively) believe there can be some sort of a compromise. I think that the couples should tell their guests to forget about the phones during the ceremony. I mean, since the people obviously don’t have the need to do it themselves and just share the moment with the couple. I’d also ask them not to use the phones during the moments like cutting the cake and other once-in-a-lifetime moments like that. But, during the party – I’d let them take all the snapshots they want. At least it’s my way of making a compromise in this situation, and of course – I may be wrong. But we’ll see what it will be like when/if I get married.

What do you think? Should the guests be completely banned from using phones, tablets, selfie sticks and the like at the weddings? Or there can be some sort of a compromise?

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12 responses to “This video is a perfect parody of wedding guests taking photos”

  1. Stefano Maggiolo Avatar
    Stefano Maggiolo

    ..six days ago, last wedding of the season :)

  2. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Gabriel Scharis

  3. Jordan Stanhope Dean Avatar
    Jordan Stanhope Dean

    Cassandra White

  4. Ben Skipper Avatar
    Ben Skipper

    Wedding photographers I salute you.

  5. Dieter Greven Avatar
    Dieter Greven

    No, it’s true. Tell them what to do and not to do in clear words before the wedding and everything is great. Never had such problems in 20 years of wedding photography.

  6. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    Is it true that everybody and their grandma whips their phones out to snap pics? Yep. But it is a family ceremony, and while the photographer is making money, they’re making memories. I’ve been in the position where I was taking shots with my D3100 “for my portfolio”, but I never got in the way of the hired photographers that were there (with far better gear than mine). As an amateur photographer, I just have to know my place. And if you’re a good photographer, you’ll circumvent all the excitement that people manifest with their devices and still get amazing shots. Do you need a little bit of patience? Yes. Because those people want to see that couple married than you do. It comes with the territory.

    1. Robin Avatar
      Robin

      Thats ok then

    2. robert rhodes Avatar
      robert rhodes

      Geez, you’re an idiot with that response.

  7. Lars Oeschey Avatar
    Lars Oeschey

    Stefan Geisenfelder ;)

  8. Lisa Chu Avatar
    Lisa Chu

    THANK YOU!

  9. Steven Khieu Avatar
    Steven Khieu

    You can’t expect the uncouth mass to exercise respect and class. They all have to self-satisfy first. Population now is 100 to 1 uncouth vs properly taught human being.

  10. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    This should be an educational video sent to ALL parties involved !!!!!! Its humorous light and it DOES put the point across…
    I would like for the guests just to stay where they are… not invade the space where the photographer would be.