A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding where the ceremony and a portion of the reception was ‘unplugged’ or camera free . If you haven’t heard of this amazing new tradition, let me explain. An unplugged wedding is where the bride and groom request that their guests put away their cameras, their phones and all electronic devices during the ceremony or throughout the entire wedding. While a few guests may complain, this wonderful tradition leaves the photography to the hired professional and allows the guests to relax and just be witness to this amazing ceremony without being distracted by scores of cell phones and cameras obscuring their view. From a photographers perspective this is heaven. A major issue and complaint of professional wedding photographers the world round is that their images are being ruined or obscured by these cameras and people getting up and in the way of their view of the couple. While the photographer some control over the posing, angle and happenings of photos before and after the ceremony, during the ceremony it’s simply reacting to the happenings and traditions and finding the best possible angle to capture each moment. Frequently, this is down the aisle, where you may and will likely see a guest with a camera leaning in to snap a photo or standing to make sure they get the shot. This can be quite distracting and unpleasant in those final photos.
Another dropdead gorgeous wedding, but so many cameras in many of the shots. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels distracting.
Another problem that pops up from time to time during weddings and receptions is this occurrence above. Many cameras on the market today will throw a purple, blue or red dot of light before firing off a shot with the flash. This helps the camera to adjust to the lighting, distance and environment to grab a photo that will be visible and hopefully not blurry. While a guest standing near me taking photos rarely bothers me, I simply cannot undo the damage a light like this does to the subject of the photo. This touching mother son dance unfortunately has one less useable shot because of this strange spot of light.
Having said all this, I think that in this age of constant electronic interactions and never ending distractions, it’s a wonderful thing to take just a moment to relax and watch a couple you know and love join together and start their lives anew. Seeing their vows through the screen of your iphone is no match for actually taking the time to witness their special moment unplugged.
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