This makes me so happy!
It’s an unfortunate truth that in this day and age, most of us rely heavily on our various electronic devices to get through the day. It would be a travesty to not have your phone in hand to snap a photo of your daily coffee, or miss a text message about something important, or be the last to know some big piece of news that was shared on Facebook.
Take it from me, your wedding day is NOT about social media updates. It is about love. You and your significant other, together, getting married, in front of your closest friends and family. My job is to capture that special day in photographs that you will be able to look back on for years and years to come, and I will do so with thousands of dollars worth of top-of-the-line equipment.
Would you rather have your guests be present, enjoying this intimate moment that you have worked so tirelessly to plan and perfect, or are you ok with them witnessing your nuptials through the back of their phone as they take photo after photo?
Do you want the first photo posted to Facebook from your wedding day taken by someone sitting in the front row, staring up at you (the most unflattering position to take a photo of someone from, by the way)?
Even better, on your 25th anniversary, do you really want to be flipping through your beautiful album full of wedding photos and see that photograph I took looking down the aisle, you and your husband or wife-to-be saying your vows, as people left and right are holding up brightly lit cell phone screens?
I encourage all of the couples who hire me to photograph their wedding to have Unplugged Ceremonies. That simply means that the guests are told to turn their devices off and put them away. Your guests will be more present and will pay more attention to the ceremony. Your photos will turn out so much prettier without all of the cell phones in them. 30 minutes to an hour of device-less time will probably do their eyes some good, actually! I will be there to capture everything that’s going on, and I can promise you if you would like a “sneak peek” posted on Facebook after the wedding that I will do that as quickly as possible, and I will choose a beautiful photo of you two.