Photographer wants couple to ban phones at weddings

The photographer says wedding ceremonies should be ‘completely unplugged’


An irate photographer has taken a shot at trigger happy guests who wield their smartphones at weddings, taking ‘crap’ pictures and ‘ruining’ official photographs.

Thomas Stewart, from NSW, wrote a long rant on his Facebook page, accusing wedding guests of being too eager to flash their iPhones and iPads instead of enjoying the moment.

‘Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way,’ Mr Stewart fumed.

He said pictures taken by guests were ‘usually crap’ anyway, and wedding ceremonies should be technology-free and ‘completely unplugged’.

‘They [guests] have no idea how to stay out of our way. They often ruin many of our shots. They will make our photos worse,’ he said in his Facebook diatribe.

‘Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony. You're elated,’ Mr Stewart continued.

‘You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? No faces at all as they are all hidden behind phones and cameras.

The fuming photographer urged soon-to-be-married couples to ban technology during their wedding ceremony.

Mr Stewart then gave several suggestions to ensure guests were made aware of the ban - including writing it on a chalkboard, having the celebrant announce it at the start of the ceremony and hiring a plane to write it in the sky.

He continued to rebuke errant wedding guests, saying they were invited to celebrate a couple’s love.

‘They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway,’ Mr Stewart said.

‘You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones.’

Source: Daily mail


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