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Phones Away! One Photographer’s Rant About Phones at Weddings

Wedding photographer Thomas Stewart has been widely supported while his rant about wedding guests taking photos on their smartphones went viral. Read on for the juicy details.

No Room For The Groom

Mr Stewart – quite rightly we feel – posted a picture of a wedding he was the photographer for recently. The picture can be viewed at this link and shows the moment the bride walks down the aisle. The groom is waiting for his wife-to-be, but he can’t even see her because his view is completely obscured by over-zealous guests with their smartphones taking pictures.

He wrote on his Facebook page:

“Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings.

I want to plead with you, and I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony.”

To Allow, or Not To Allow?

Widely supported, this argument has brought to the fore the issue or whether or not to allow smartphones into your wedding. On the one hand, your guests might capture some great candid snaps… but wait, isn’t that what your (often highly pricey) photographer is for?

Public Support

To date, the post from the Australian photographer has had over 42,000 shares and received over 20,000 comments. It’s gone well and truly viral!

Additionally, this post echoes a similar from a photographer back in 2013. Corey Ann of Corey Ann Photography posted pictures that were ruined by the flashes from guests cameras and from guests getting in the way of professional shots whilst trying to get thir own on their phones.

The emotions and happiness portrayed on a wedding day are not easily replicated and you only get one shot at it (pun intended). Granted, social media will be yours to own for a day with everyone snapping and posting across channels, but to really capture those wonderful moments on the big day, perhaps it might be best to leave it to the professionals.

Technology Tantrums

This isn’t the only story to launch an attack on the selfie and our phones. In other news, Instagram models have started sharing pre-photoshopped photos on their accounts and people have been warned over train-track selfies where accidents have occurred because of people taking pictures of themselves on train tracks and in other dangerous environments.

Technology is meant to make our lives easier, not more dangerous! And when it comes to weddings – the most special day of our life – perhaps going “unplugged” is the way to make those most precious memories last forever.