• June 25, 2022

Wedding photographer rant against shots ruined by guest’s smartphone

It has become a normal practice to see wedding photographers and newly wedded couples complain about their photos being ruined by guests.

Although with respect to couples, it’s typically after the wedding when they see how many of their friends and relatives have ruined the paid photographer’s shots by standing in the way with their smartphones, and even iPads to get snaps of their own.

Fortunately, more couples are speaking out but it seems the word hasn’t spread to everybody yet as the practices keeps going on.

For photographer Hannah Mbalenhle Stanley of Hanna Way Photography, she faced one iPhone too much recently and posted a rant to Facebook expressing her thoughts. The post has since been shared over 150,000 times, with over 150,000 reactions and has left commenters divided.

The post reads…

“To the girl with the iPhone…
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 everyday? 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.”

Wedding photographers
Hannah Way Photography

Hannah shared her frustration on Facebook

Hannah’s post has been faced with mixed reactions, with some suggesting the guests are more than important and have every right to do what they want, while others back showed support for Hannah’s sentiment.

On a personally note, if guests at my wedding started getting in the way of the person I’d paid to be there and record the day, it surely won’t be a happy sight to view.

This is one of the frustrating moments a photographer has to go through in an attempt to come up with memorable moments framed in very beautiful wedding photos.

Maybe this question may ring a bell of change to those offenders; if it was your wedding, how would you feel if your guests were constantly in the way of the photographer you’d hired to be there?  

Edward Kyei Frimpong-Mybeeponline


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