No Phone Zone: Should You Have An Unplugged Wedding?
Phones have become a staple in society, but should they be whipped out at weddings? A Sydney based photographer shares his thoughts on the topic.
Social media posts and candid camera phone shots can be a great way of instantly capturing your big day, and mean you can have a quick collection of shots so you can reminisce before the professional photos are sent to you. However, these supposedly harmless snaps have ruffled the feathers of a few photographers, suggesting that having a highly connected wedding could be a dangerous move by the bride and groom.
Picture this, the organ sounds, the congregation stands, the doors to the church swing open to reveal the most beautiful bride that the world has ever seen – except the person who should be soaking in this view the most, can’t see the bride at all, but instead a sea of phones and iPads stretching over the isle to get a insta-worthy shot of the big entrance.
This is the exact scene that Thomas Stewart, an acclaimed photographer based in the Southern Highlands, can’t stand. His post on his company Facebook page explained all:
“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. You will miss moments of your own wedding day … you will miss seeing your partners face in the aisle. Guests with phones, iPads and cameras get right in your photographer’s way … they often ruin many of our shots. You’re paying your photographer quite a bit of money that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way.”
Stewart has stated that his is going to actively encourage his future clients to unplug at their wedding, giving him the best chance to take the most beautiful pictures possible, such as this stunner taken at a recent wedding that he shot at Wombat Hollow: