Friday, September 25, 2015

Ask Liz: Your Photographer vs. Your Guests (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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Dear Liz, 

My wedding is in November, but we only got our engagement pictures done last weekend. During the day, our photographer was talking about problems he's had at other weddings, he mentioned that lots of times guests get in his way, taking pictures on their phones when he's trying to get pictures, too. He's right, we are paying a lot (!) for professional pictures, and we want him to get everything he can. Is this really a problem? And if it is, can we do something so this won't happen at our wedding?


A Fair Shot

Dear Fair, 

Yeah, it happens, and I hear the same complaints from other photographers, too. The Holy Trinity of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram doesn't help. To a certain extent, you want your guests to be able to take pictures of your wedding, after all, that is what wedding hashtags are for. But keeping them out of the way of the pro you're paying can be a challenge.

There are a few things you can do  to tone it down. Have your officiant ask your guests to, at at the very least, turn off their cell phones during your ceremony. If that seems a little extreme or unrealistic to you, because, you know, it's 2015, your officiant can make it as simple as pointing out the photographers, and asking guests to be aware of where they are, and to not get in their way during the day. 

I'll tell you upfront that this won't completely solve the problem. People get excited, they don't look around before they try and get a quick shot, they forget, or they could care less. Humans - you're the same, too. But telling them that it's an issue, and please don't, will help. 

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See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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