Wedding Photographer vs iPhone

Remember when the photographer’s images were the first to be seen by the bride and groom?
Our badge of pride was the 2 week turn around, while our competitors were taking upwards of a month.
However, towards the end of 2007, a new player entered the scene…a camera for everyone at all times.
Because of this, we now compete against the maid of honor, wedding guests, and even the bride herself.  
We agonize over the perfect shot only to have our moment interrupted by the maid of honor.  Her weapon?  The iPhone.  
Due to the proliferation of  the iPhone/camera phones, how do you maintain professionalism while showing the amateurs who’s boss?

Potential Solutions:

  • Insert a clause into your contract outlining your rules in regards to images
  • Edit and post your top 10 photos within 24 hours of the wedding
  • Ask the wedding couple what their wishes are in regards to non-pro photo leaks

Wedding photographers, what do you do prior to shooting an event to ensure you aren’t interrupted by sneaky photo snipers?
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8 Responses

  1. I am frustrated with amount of wedding guests that ruin my ceremony photos by blocking my best shots. I love when the brides make their weddings unplugged!

  2. I return my images now within 7 days after the wedding. I have to. Otherwise I get replaced by the iphone and I don’t want that to happen.

  3. Kendel Stocker says:

    I have had a guest step in front of my 2 shooter while she was talking pre shots before the ceremony. I think it was of the guest book area and she rudely said that she was quicker and had a better camera (aka her iPad). After that, we both changed our contracts and make sure any wedding we work is unplugged. I don’t even get my phone out of in a guest at a wedding due to bring in the other side. Lol

  4. This past Fall 2017, was the first time as coordinators, that a client had brought this to our attention. Our bride had requested that during the ceremony, only the photographers would be taking pictures. As each guest arrived and were handed a program, we gently relayed that the bride had requested no photographs during the ceremony. The intimate ceremony was rooftop and the view was gorgeous, so we made sure that guests had an opportunity to take photographs prior to the ceremony got going. Once the ceremony had concluded and we moved into cocktail hour, the phones came out, and new normalcy was restored. Guests were completely happy to comply with the bride’s wishes, and had plenty of time to snap drool-worthy selfie’s.

  5. I have found that most couples are posting signs prohibiting them from taking photos of the wedding. This is now a trend and so most guests, I find, are ok with it. Also, as a wedding planner, after i setup a venue, I do take pics myself. But I make sure not to post any pics until after a week or so. Just to give time for the couple to post their own pics or for the photographer to get back to the couple. I never post pics right away.


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