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Old November 7th, 2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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Angry wedding photographer posts picture of groom struggling to see bride walk down aisle in guest smartphone rant - Mirror Online

Completely agree with the bloke! absolutely hate these guests.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 02:55 PM   #2
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Brilliant! I hope it really settles down guests from crowding out the photographer and videographer.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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Smartphone is one thing, a ipad with the protection cover dangling on the bottomside is like the the size of 10 smartphones put together. I still don't understand why people bring their Ipads to a wedding.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 05:56 PM   #4
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When I used to do photography I quickly got to the point of fed up with telling the guests to give me room or get out of the way and many times I had to deal with the bride showing her photos of guests in the frame that she was quick to snarl " well you're the pro right? didn't you see them in front of you BEFORE you took the shot?" There are times that the guests are unavoidable on key shots that cannot be repeated and the best we could hope for is to crop the offending people out which makes the final composition weird. Even though one tells the bride ( grooms really don't care much anyway) many times before the wedding that guests should be mindful of the pro, it is all quickly forgotten within the din and excitement of the day. I even had the DJ announce to the guests before the couple's entrance and the cake cutting to BACK OFF. Yeah right..in one ear out the other.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 08:08 PM   #5
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Brides are slowly coming to their senses and are having "unplugged" weddings here but sadly most still have the annoying iphone rush to get a shot. I agree with Noa too ..why do you need a 10" iPad inside a stupid double sized cover and have to hold it up in the air so you don't only block the pros but also block the view for most guests. I had one wedding with a parent in the front row seat hold up her big red iPad and effectively blocked the view for the entire right of the Church. You sadly need to educate brides as the offenders are often family!!
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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:37 PM   #6
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"educate a bride" is easy before the wedding as they all agree and listen to all your requests but on their wedding day they all seem to be in la la land and are way too absorbed into their day. How many times I told the bride to look into MY lens when I take the formals and to NOT look at the other guests that are to my sides ? Gee if I had a dollar for every shot I took of her looking the other way I'd be a millionaire by now.There was one occasion that the bride had written 2 requests on the ceremony agenda. Cell phones off and no photos.
Guess what ? iPads galore during procession AND recession. Some guests either can't read or are inconsiderate. Or both !
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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:49 PM   #7
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I did a wedding in September and at the entrance stairs was a BIG sign saying "This is an unplugged wedding ..please turn off all devices until the reception. The celebrant also made sure that all the guests heard his announcement via the PA system before the bride arrived! That was a joy to shoot at !!

Yeah, the bride is always in la-la land once she arrives so this needs to be prepared earlier and at least yet the officiant tell the guests and have a sign that no-one will miss seeing! I always suggest it to the couple anyway but not many take up the idea
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Old November 8th, 2015, 03:18 AM   #8
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I have seen this happening much more in Greek and especially Italian weddings where I always have issues of guests blocking my camera's to film or take pictures with their smartphone and they even came up towards the altar to shoot the vows, worst I ever experienced was a Kurdic wedding where half of the guests was shooting video with smartphones but a lot of small handicams as well. I think it's more culture ralated.
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Old November 9th, 2015, 02:20 AM   #9
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I had similar at a Pakistani wedding a few years back - all the women were snapping away - constantly blocking me. When I delivered the video I got a request to remove all shots of women taking photographs!
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as someone who will be the groom next year, this will be a big NO for guests. you take out your phone, you get booted.

sorry grandma, i know you just learned out to use the tablet, but it's time for you to leave.
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I had similar at a Pakistani wedding a few years back - all the women were snapping away - constantly blocking me. When I delivered the video I got a request to remove all shots of women taking photographs!
Why should we be the one removing all the women taking photographs??
Why didn't that burden be on the bride to make sure SHE was the one to tell her photographers beforehand to be REMOVED from the front of your lens ?
Guests never listen to our commands. In one ear out the other. I myself leave them in, all in. No re-edits possible. It's in the contract as written above their signature. For all to see.
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I was recently in China and I have never seen people use their iPads before.
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This made national news today. I cracked up and cried at the same time.
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Old November 10th, 2015, 01:59 AM   #14
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Why should we be the one removing all the women taking photographs??
Why didn't that burden be on the bride to make sure SHE was the one to tell her photographers beforehand to be REMOVED from the front of your lens ?
Guests never listen to our commands. In one ear out the other. I myself leave them in, all in. No re-edits possible. It's in the contract as written above their signature. For all to see.
Arthur I quoted them for the edit and they were happy to pay for me to do this - It was OK to leave shots of men taking photos but they wanted all the women snappers removing - I guess it's a cultural thing but I got £XXX so was happy to do it

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Old November 10th, 2015, 09:00 AM   #15
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Ever stop to think of turning this into something fun? My guess is the attachment to these devices is going to be over in a few years and folks will look back and laugh like they do at leisure suits.

So for example, have everyone stick a phone/ipad/laptop in the aisle and people raise them as the B&G walk through. Have fun with it.
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