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Wedding Photographer Implores Guests to Put Down Their Phones

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In the image above we see happy wedding guests, eager to get the perfect photo of the bride as she makes her way down the aisle to her groom. A sea of smartphones are poised in order to snap, and no doubt eventually share, this special moment. But what we see as a result is a groom peering precariously past the eager well-wishers as his view is obstructed by their incessant need to capture the moment rather than live it. This is all that is wrong with technology these days, one photographer claims.

In a post to Facebook, Thomas Stewart, an Australian photographer from New South Wales, lamented the fact that smartphones are ruining professional photographs that newly married couples pay a lot of money for, and that they are also depriving themselves of a real-time experience as they are too busy taking photos to enjoy the celebrations. He suggests that an 'unplugged wedding' is the way forward, with guests promising to forego their phones and tablets in order to let the professionals do the work whilst they sit back and enjoy the ride.

“You’re paying a photographer quite a bit of money; that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way,” he wrote. “In your invites, tell everyone you’re having an unplugged ceremony: no technology, please, Write it on a chalkboard which guests can see as they arrive on the day,” he continued. “HIRE A PLANE TO WRITE IT IN THE SKY!”

He goes on to say: “...Guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other,” he concluded. “You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones."


I personally think it's a great concept. So many people I know, including myself, are so distracted by the need to take photos or videos of everything that they forget to enjoy the moment. Unplugged weddings are a brilliant idea; whilst some newly-weds openly invite their guests to be snap-happy and even offer custom wedding hash-tags in order to share the pics, I for one am definitely an advocate of the latter. I want to see the emotion on my friend's and family's faces when I walk down the aisle, not the flashing of their smartphone's camera. Not to mention I would want the photos that I have commissioned to be the first ones to be made public, not the potentially poor quality offerings of my guests. It's a significant idea that brings us a step back from the digital age and allows us to once again enjoy life's greater moments through our eyes and not a camera lens. Thanks for the tip Mr. Stewart, if I ever sucker someone into marrying me I will be sure to follow your advice.



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