'It’s Our Job': Wedding Photographers Divided Over Guest Related Request
A wedding photographer has asked guests to stop taking photos on their phones, ruining professional photography in the process, but others say it's part of the job.
Hannah Mbalenhle Stanley, a professional wedding photographer from Hannah Way Photography, explained in a Facebook posts that wedding guests often make it difficult for her to do her job by jumping in the way of her carefully curated photos.
Stanley says this is an issue she comes into contact with often as she shared an example of a wedding photo that was "ruined" along with her message on Thursday.
"To the girl with the iPhone,” her post begins.
"Not only did you ruin my shot, but you took this moment away from the groom, father of the bride, and the bride. What exactly do you plan on doing with that photo? Honestly. Are you going to print it out? Save it? Look at it every day? No. You're not."
"But my bride would have printed this photo, looked at it often and reminisced over this moment as her dad walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. But instead, you wanted to take a photo with your phone, blocking my view, and taking a photo that you will not use."
Guests, please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen but instead turn OFF your phone, and enjoy the ceremony. You are important to the bride and groom, you would not be attending the wedding otherwise.
“So please, let me do my job, and you just sit back, relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime moment."
However Stanley was criticised in the comments section of her post, with fellow photographers alike stating that mitigating wedding guests is part of the job.
"As the photographer you should be controlling the scene. Use your voice and say please stay out of frame of the wedding photos thank you!" Chrstine Parkes wrote.
"I've seen photographers do this and it works. I've also seen the ones who just stand and do nothing about it. You have options. Facebook announcements likely won't change anything."
Photographer Whitnie Rae agreed, stating that a wedding photographer's job is to work around obstacles.
"You spent time to actually take focus different and take TWO photos just to make a point when instead you could have moved and adjusted to avoid her and the phone completely," she added.
The guests are there to enjoy and remember this time as well. We live in a time of 'it didn’t actually happen unless there’s a photo'. Grow with the times and adapt. I’m sorry you missed such a beautiful shot.
A third photographer, Rebecca Leigh Blume labelled the post as "absolute overkill" and said Stanley needed more experience.
"I get nearly 100 shots of this moment ALONE! If this wedding photographer failed at her duty to capture the correct image, that’s on her not the guest," she wrote.
"It’s our job to step up and say 'excuse me you’re blocking the view' not capture the guest for future venting for attention."
Following the post, Stanley said the point of her post was to draw attention to the idea that people rely on their phones to heavily, not the impact it was having on her job, reported INSIDER.
"My main focus of that post was to make people aware of how often we rely on our phones when the real world is right in front of us and we are missing special moments like this one," she said.
"This moment cannot be redone, as a lot of moments from the wedding day. It's so sad and I wish people would enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime moment and see it with their eyes instead of living through a screen."
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