OK so this topic has definitely been covered by many other videographers / cinematographers and photographers across the globe but that doesn’t make it any less relevant for us to talk about.
We cannot stress enough how big a difference it makes to have your family and friends really ‘there’ during your wedding ceremony by requesting that phones and cameras remain safely tucked away…. and it also makes our job a whole lot easier!
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve lined up the most beautiful shot of the bride walking down the aisle or of her groom’s expression as he first sees his wife-to-be only to have our plans (almost) scuppered in an instant by 12 guests leaning right into the aisle with their iPhones! Not only does this run the risk of affecting your professional wedding video and photographs but it also means that your guests aren’t 100% present in the moment. Instead of using their own eyes and hearts to enjoy the most special of moments, they’re too busy attempting to grab a quick (and usually bad) snap of you for facebook.
This is said in the kindest way possible but in all honesty if your well-meaning guests inadvertently ruin your wedding video footage you’re not gonna be a happy bunny.
We spend so much of our lives hidden behind our technology these days that I think we’ve forgotten how to enjoy the moment so why don’t you remind them by having your celebrant politely announce that “the bride and groom would like you all to be truly present for this special moment so please turn off your phones and put down your cameras and enjoy the moment without the distraction of technology. The cinematographers and photographers are here to capture how this moment looks so you can capture how it feels with your hearts.”
In case we haven’t made our point clear enough we thought we’d share with you a few of our ‘favourite’ examples: