42 Professional Photographers Give Their Views on Unplugged Weddings…

Tips & Advice // Published by Sam, Editor - January 29, 2016

There has been lots of recent articles about unplugged weddings and thoughts on mobile phones, iPads, cameras and even the dreaded selfie stick at weddings. In our recent wedding photography survey under 30% of weddings captured were unplugged. We have rounded up a huge selection of quotes from 42 top wedding photographers to find out what their view and opinion is on unplugged weddings, and what their preference is.

Your guests will focus on enjoying the day rather than trying to get that perfect shot and then sit on Facebook uploading every part of your day as it unfolds.

  • It is also more likely that you will see the first shots of yourself the next day from your photographer.
  • People will then share the professional photo’s which you can be confident that you look great on.
  • Often their camera’s (especially iPads!) get in the way of the isle shots.
  • Perhaps allow for “Selfies” if people really want phones
  • If people really want their phone simply request they don’t put anything online until at least the following day.
  • Phones aren’t too bad from a photographers point of view but guests with professional cameras can waist a lot of time. Especially when they want to shoot the same scene as the photographer.

– it’s just so much better for all!

By Meagan Sarah Photography

People can enjoy the day without worrying about capturing everything. They won’t inadvertently get in the way of the official photographer taking shots and possibly ruining them and most of the time the guest’s shots aren’t ones you would put in your album anyway.

By Narshada Photography

Please go unplugged. An unplugged wedding means your guests are present. They are able to enjoy the day, and share in the memories. I know in today’s day and age, everyone wants everything immediately, but trust me, waiting a few months for your professional photos is worth it. And you will be pleased to see that there aren’t dozens of people obstructing your paid photographer’s great shot, with phones and tablets commanding more attention than the couple themselves.

By Jasmin & Matt Wedding Photography

Having an unplugged wedding would ensure that the couple have full control over ‘how’ and ‘where’ there images are shared. Also, that element of surprise would be so much better if the couple only saw any moments from their wedding for the first time from their professional wedding photographer.

By Amy B Photography

No distractions. No flashes. No sea of phones as you look at the congregation. No leaning into the aisle. It is a more real experience. No guests on their phones. I would advise against phones especially during the ceremony itself.

By Lisa Dawn Photography

I don’t mind, its part of the day and guests Should feel like they can enjoy themselves including taking photographs of their friends and releatives.

By David West Photography

Going unplugged all day can be annoying for guests – especially if there are selfie loving Instagram posting guests present!

I do believe that going unplugged for the ceremony is important, and respectful. There’s a professional photographer there to capture the ceremony, it doesn’t need to be littered with clicks and flashes. If everyone has their cameras/phones away it also makes my job easier as I don’t have to try and keep them all out of the shot. The same goes for the group images. I have to ask people to leave more times than I care to think as they’re taking the photographs I’ve set up, and the group all looks in different directions.

Other than that – photograph away! I think it’s part of the day!

By Charlotte Elizabeth Photography

Personally I think family and friends want to take photographs and I encourage them to do so. A ban during the ceremony would be good so guests concentrated on the wedding itself, and to ban taking photos taken by ipads would be a bonus for the couple, as it gets in the way of faces and its very ugly in photographs.

By Kathryn Hopkins Photography

Do it, by all means have guests take photos at the reception etc but during the ceremony there photos will be shite so don’t bother! I’m not bothered by people with camera’s/phones but if you are tell the guests, don’t be polite about it.

By SimonJCoulson

It does mean you won’t get a camera in the way of a nice photograph during the ceremony.

By Story of Love

It would allow them to know that their guests are completely emiersied inthe day. And that they will not miss a vital detail.

By Thomas Frost Photography

If it’s important to them, then they should go for it. Guests won’t mind.

By Sam Gibson Photography

Make sure guests are aware well in advance, put a note in the invite and again in the order of service.

By Michael J Love Photography

People will hopefully spend more time actually enjoying the day rather trying to take photos all day. I’ll deal with the photo side of things!

By Alex Bradbury Photography

Guest are left to enjoy the day and the couple are left to determine which images and memories from their day they would like to share.

By Michael Marker Photography

In all honesty, I would leave it entirely up to the couple. But I would suggest that they encourage their guests to enjoy the moment rather than viewing it all through a camera and trust me to capture the shots they want.

By Sarah Wayte Photography

I don’t find it a problem having wedding guests using their phones to take photos, so I wouldn’t advise them to have an unplugged wedding.

By Neil Walker Photography

Family and friends want to take photos of their loved ones. i wouldn’t talk them into an unplugged wedding.

By Luis Calow Photographer

The best thing about unplugged is that your guests can truly witness and participate in your big day leaving the photographer to do his job without hindrance. Also there will be no leaks to Social media until you have approved them!

By Martelle Photography

If I was the bride I’d prefer to see my loved one’s faces on my big day, and not hundreds of phones and tablets pointing at me.

Also it does make the job of the photographer harder. I think it’s fine to let guests take selfies at the reception and during the day but certainly not during ceremonies and the creative session. They are there to be present and enjoy. I’m there to capture it.

By TeklaLight Photography

It’s your day, and I will work around whatever your day is. I will say this though consider when you allow your guests to photograph freely with their phones, tablets etc., you may get more photos with your guests looking at their screens rather than at what is happening e.g. coming down the ailse, and candid photography isn’t particularly expressive when guests are fondling their phones rather than socialising. But it’s your day, do what is right by you!

By Vicky Lamburn

Going unplugged during the ceremony and wedding breakfast would be a massive advantage if they want clean photos and it helps the photographers get the angles they need to ensure the highest quality image without and iPad in the middle of it.

By Michael O’Sullivan Photography

I went unplugged for my own wedding and it was the best decision, we and all our guests could just enjoy the day and take it all in.

By Rebecca Frost Photography

Its your day you have it your way and if that means unplugged don’t be afraid to lay down the law! You’ve paid for a great photographer to be there to capture those moments, not to capture people’s iphones waving about mid air as you journey to your beloved up the aisle!

By Nikki Kirk Photography

We highly recommend this as this ensures that no moments are missed by guests getting in the way to get their photos. The photos also look alot cleaner as there are no phones and ipads and selfie sticks in the way.

By Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography

I would say that if you wish for your wedding to remain a special day you should think of going unplugged. Social networking will not have you in your wedding dress without your permission. Your photographer won’t have to battle their way through the crowds to get a photograph. Your photographs won’t be full of people in the background filming or taking pictures on their low quality mobile phones! Is this really the first picture from your wedding that you want all over the internet?

By Lee Davidson Connor Photography

An unplugged wedding would be beneficial to them as they would get to see all their guests faces instead of a load of phones held up. The guests would get their time to photograph once the photographer has finished, but not during the ceremony or any other photo moments.

By White Crescent Wedding Photography

For me it’s just the service part. I am forever dodging people leaning into the shot as the couple come down the aisle. I don’t think you can really expect people to remain totally unplugged. Not these days. But during the service isn’t too much to ask.

By Paul Maven Photography

You can just have it for the ceremony. It doesn’t need to be a big deal, most decent photographers will work around this so make sure you’re enforcing it because it’s what you want.

By Tub of Jelly

I wouldn’t recommend it as I think everyone has a right to capture their own memories from the day. A wedding photographer can’t be everywhere so it’s great that guests can be there when we can’t!

By Wild Rose Photography

80% of the weddings I do have an unplugged ceremony. I tell couples I advise an unplugged wedding because guests flashes can ruin the photos I make for them. I’m a natural light photographer so someone else’s flash will dramatically overexposed my photo. So I demand really that there’ll be a flash restriction. Then I go on to explain that guests taking pictures have the tendency to jump in front of the photographer so that I also advise to make the ceremony entirely unplugged. If people still aren’t convinced I start talking about guests being with them in the moment instead of staring at their phones or thru their cameras.

By Wit Photography

It’s one of the best decisions you will make for your big day. Get your guests to enjoy and partake in the moment. Not watch it through a screen. That’s what we are there for!

By Jessy Jones Photography

You’re paying the photographer to take beautiful photos of the wedding day. Why potentially ruin their beautiful photos, by allowing others to take bad photos of the same thing?

By Wedding Footeography

I know it’s fun to see your friends’ photos and they want photos of you,, but they are missing the day and aren’t sharing with you, except on Facebook. Having people really pay attention to you and each other is priceless and as you are paying for a photographer you and your guests will have beautiful photos of the day. Making your photographer’s life difficult by never being able to photograph people without a screen in front of their face isn’t going to make your photos look good.

By Lumiere Photography

It encourages guests to immerse themselves in the wedding day (particularly the ceremony itself), rather than viacariously through a screen. It also saves the couple from spending their entire posing awkwardly for all their friends and family rather than actually hugging/speaking with them and enjoying their company! Having said that, an unplugged ceremony is fab, but I can totally understand why guests shouldn’t be completely stopped from taking their own photographs through the day. Seems a bit extreme and rather mean to go fully unplugged.

By Amy Taylor Imaging Photography

Maybe just suggest doing so during the ceremony. I have no problem with cameras etc. at any other time of the day.. the more images a couple gets the better… but during the ceremony.. just leave them alone (and get out of my way with your iPad in the aisle!)

By John Colson

You don’t have to go ‘fully’ unplugged to have the best of both worlds. Banning camera phones from church goes a long way to solving the problem! That said, surely most people want their guests to be involved fully in the day? To that end, I think asking friends to be respectful and not pull out a camera every 5 seconds is definitely worth considering!

By Tony Hart Photo

During the ceremony especially you have chosen a professional to capture the moment in a creative and artistic way, guests should watch through their eyes and not a screen. The images from the day will be available to everyone just enjoy the moment.

By Tim Simpson Photography

It’s so disappointing, both for you and your photographer when a lovely moment is spoilt by a guest sneaking in front of the photographer with a camera phone and obscuring the view – this is particularly true of moments like the walk down the aisle and confetti shots. It also makes the group shots that little bit more tricky as the people in the photos will be looking in several different directions at all the different cameras.

On a more personal level, while I understand that people are excited about the event and want to capture it – guests are so much less present in the moment when they’re busy snapping away, when you turn to face your guests do you want to see their faces or a sea of iPhones?

By Hannah Mia Photography

I do not see unplugged as a problem for photographing a wedding and have not stipulated this at any wedding I have covered. This generation is glued to devices and it would be difficult to administer but, frankly, when you document the day phones & camera opportunities are all part of it.

By Hand In Hand Weddings

Knowing that you cannot go back and re capture the day again, so to ensure that the paid photographer has the best chance to capture your wedding day, please ensure all guests leave their phones, cameras, iPads at home or only to be used until the evening party.

By Rob Grimes Photography

I don’t have a major problem with guests taking photo’s on iPhones and personal cameras. It’s kind of part of the scene. The only request I have is that the couple ask their friends and family not to step in front of the photographer camera at key moments. The photographer is paid to capture these moments and they don’t look great with the grooms mother snapping on her phone in the frame as the bride walks down the aisle!

By Lorenzo Photography

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What are your thoughts on unplugged weddings?

Are you having an unplugged wedding? Or perhaps just the ceremony?

Your Thoughts - 2 Comments

  1. I don’t have a problem with it, after all its a wedding and family and friends want to take photos of their loved ones.

  2. I don’t have a problem with it, after all its a wedding and family and friends want to take photos of their loved ones.

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