Day 1313 – Something You Didn’t Know About Wedding Photography

Today I’m going to talk about something that could potentially upset someone. I’m really going to try to explain myself and hopefully no one gets upset. I want to say, I LOVE my job, I love what I do. This isn’t something that is a huge deal…but it is something that is an issue…and if nothing else, something you should be aware of.

Last night, Bret and I met with a wonderful bride. We were talking through details of the day and how we handle different situations. She asked how we handled guests taking pictures during the day. Typically, we’re ok with this…as long as the guests aren’t interrupting/stopping our work. We shared a few times when it was challenging…and then I said, oh, let me show you a few examples of this! We pulled up some pictures and the bride was shocked! When you see guests taking pictures, it’s not a big deal…as a guest…but when you see what the photographers get…how much a guest leaning out into the aisle while the bride is walking down, makes a BIG difference…and it’s shocking.

I don’t want to share any of my examples of this, because at the end of the day, I did get everything I wanted in terms of shots. I also don’t want to single out one wedding or another. BUT, if you Google “uncle bob at a wedding” you will see what I mean.

Our conversation then turned to how this is really the only wedding profession (with the exception of the videographer) that has “competition” from the guests. You don’t have guests bringing a cake and giving it to the bride…you don’t have guests bringing flowers…you don’t have guests walking to the front of the church and interrupting the pastor. This was something I had never thought about.

Now, again, I’m totally ok with guests taking pictures! Please, bring a camera to a wedding. But, please think about the photographer and how you might be stopping us from doing our job.

One way that brides can help us with this is by having an “unplugged wedding” where they put a note in the program about just relaxing and enjoying the wedding. The article I linked to is a GREAT for really understanding all sides of this topic. And they said it best, it really comes down to what YOU as the bride want.

Whew! Ok, hopefully I didn’t hurt any feelings. I also want to say, I had NO specific wedding/person/guest/etc in mind when I wrote this. It was a reflection of my conversation last night and my experiences in the last 8+ years of shooting weddings. Love you all!

And just for giggles, here’s a picture of Bret taking up the aisle (even if it’s not during the wedding…still fun.)


p.s. That’s NOT an iPhone picture! 😉

2 thoughts on “Day 1313 – Something You Didn’t Know About Wedding Photography

    • This was the first time I really talked about it beforehand and I was surprised at how the client reacted. It’s one of those things that I think everyone knows, but it’s really just photographers! I’m going to start talking about it more!!

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