There are a number of Wedding Guest Do’s and Don’ts but guest photography tends to be a more common problem than others. Some wedding guests tend to think that since they own a nice camera, they are a photographer. Even worse, some think their iPhone will take professional quality photos. Just because you own a camera doesn’t make it your job to be the unofficial wedding videographer or photographer. If everyone with a camera took pictures at the wedding, then the photos would only consist of everyone taking pictures. Here are the reasons why you should abide by the bride and groom’s requests about wedding photography.
- Getting in the Way
- Unwanted Posts to Social Media
- Camera Flashes During the Important Moments
- Distracting from the Professional Videographers & Photographers
This is generally the biggest problem that professional videographers and photographers have to deal with while shooting a wedding. They have the perfect shot lined up and right when they’re about to take it, a guest jumps in the way to snap their camera phone picture. The bride and groom are paying their professional videographers and photographers to capture their wedding, so leave it to the professionals.
THE GENERAL RULE – If you need to take a picture, check your surroundings. Make sure you’re not in the way of anyone, even another guest.
Some brides and grooms want to see the professional photos and videos before they are shared with the public. A big don’t for wedding guests is posting to social media before the wedding is over and especially before the ceremony begins. There have been instances where wedding guests have posted a picture of the bride before she walks down the aisle.
THE GENERAL RULE – Refrain from posting on social media until the bride or groom have posted a picture of the wedding themselves, or once the photographer has posted his/her photos.
When a camera phone flash goes off it can wash out what the professional videographers and photographers are capturing, ruining the professional photo for your camera phone one. Flashes can also cause green spots to show up on other photos. The professional photos and video will look a lot better if there aren’t constant flashes going off from other cameras.
THE GENERAL RULE – Refrain from taking photos all throughout the ceremony and during the important moments of the reception, such as the first dance, the mother/son and father/daughter dances, and the cutting of the cake.
If wedding guests are taking photos from behind the professional videographers and photographers, then they can be a distraction as to where the bride and groom are supposed to be looking. The professionals won’t be able to get their shot if the bride and groom are looking in a different direction.
THE GENERAL RULE – Don’t get your own pictures from behind the videographers or photographers. They are already getting that shot, so you don’t need to.
If you’re a bride, don’t feel bad about asking your guests to refrain from taking their own pictures. There are a couple of ways to let your guests know your request, such as having the officiate announce it at the beginning of the ceremony, putting a note in your programs, or putting up a sign at the ceremony that everyone can see. If you’re worried about how to let your guests know, here are a few examples:
When it comes down to making decisions on who to hire, make sure you hire a professional videographer!
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