They were all taken in the same corner of the room, and I wanted to capture the experience as well.
Although that didn't exactly go as planned.
My photos were supposed to be of my cousin, but the focal point is the photographers. In theory, I could have pushed the photographers out of the way so I could capture the photo on my iPhone. But the truth is, no matter how good the camera on the iPhone (and it is pretty spectacular), I am not going to get a shot that is better than the one the professional photographer, with his equipment and expertise, is taking.
And while I would have loved to have this photo for my personal album ... so would my cousin. And that's why brides spend thousands of dollars for a photographer. The bride can't take her own photos, so she hires this person to do so.
What happens if this guy couldn't get the shot because me and the other girls in the wedding party ran in front of him to take it with our cell phones?
At the ceremony, I sat in the front row as my purse sat in the limo. No cell phone photos for me. Instead, I actually watched the ceremony and enjoyed every second of it through my own eyes, not through a camera screen. I don't have ceremony photos in my personal collection, but I'm okay with that because I have the entire ceremony remembered (and if I really wanted photos for myself, I could order them through the photographer's website).
I bring this all up because yesterday, my brother's girlfriend sent me an article written by a photographer about Unplugged Weddings.
The concept, she says, is simple. Ask your guests to refrain from taking photos.
Now, while that does sound harsh, guests taking photos can actually ruin the wedding photographer's shots.
Case and point, this photo from the post on Corey Ann Photography:
Is that the shot you want in your wedding album of your dad walking your down the aisle?
Honestly, I don't think I could imagine asking my guests to refrain from taking photos during my wedding day. I would prefer to encourage them because they might get shots of things I didn't see. But it does run the risk of me never getting to see shots of things I want to see -- like my dad's face as we're coming down the aisle.
Cell phones make everyone a photographer, but before this, everyone took photos with a point and shoot camera, so this is nothing new. But the concept of an unplugged wedding? That's new to me ... and really worth considering, it seems.
BRIDAL BABBLE: What do you think about an unplugged wedding? Good or bad idea?