A plea to my brides...
Dear Brides (and Grooms),
This is a plea to you all. Whether you have already saved your date with me or you have selected another photographer, please listen up! I cannot stress to you the importance of having an unplugged wedding. I literally am struggling to find words important enough to stress my point. With the overwhelming amount of people with DSLR cameras who want to be or think they are a photographer, it's becoming an epidemic. I'm talking about the cousin who dreams of being a photographer so they follow me around and take all of the shots that I am taking, the uncles with their own camera set ups (see above), and the friends and other relatives that are so eager to be the first ones to post images from your wedding. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking any of these people to stop taking photos all together, I'm simply asking you, the bride, the groom, to take a moment and remind your guests that this day is about being in the moment. The more weddings that I shoot, the more I realize that I need to stand up for myself and other photographers in this industry. Please remind your guests:
- It is NOT okay to get in the way of the photographer
- It is NOT okay to take the same detail shots, posed shots, or really anything that the photographer is doing.
- It is especially NOT okay to post those images for use in your own "portfolio"
Wedding photographers charge the prices they do because shooting a wedding is extremely difficult. Anyone who's seen me at a wedding knows that I run around and I work very hard for what I earn. However, there are many people who seem to completely belittle my job. I have had people step in front of me during the first kiss and use flash during the cake cutting. What your guests don't realize is that they are single handedly ruining my shots of those crucial moments with their inexperience and ignorance. I've been very close to not getting those monumental moments during a wedding because someone else deemed themselves the more important photographer.Listen, I don't want to ruffle any feathers and I certainly don't want to sound negative and rude. However, bride and groom, you are looking at my website (or anyone else's website) and you chose that photographer for a reason. You chose them because you trust their skill and ability to capture the biggest day of your entire life. Is an instagram or "snap shot" from a crappy camera really worth it? All in all, I am asking for your attention on this ever increasing problem. Having an unplugged wedding is literally the best decision you will ever make. If you chose not to have an unplugged wedding, that is also 100% fine, but please don't be upset with me when I am unable to capture the first kiss, the cake cutting, the bouquet toss, or any other important event.