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If you’re a wedding photographer, you know that you are not only working against yourself, the elements, and time…you ALSO have to contend with every guest at the wedding for getting your photos!

I have had guests, including family members, jump in front of me at a critical moment so that they could snap a picture on their point-and-shoot.

“Oh, you have a professional camera…I’m sure you were able to shoot around me!”

Uh, no. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works!

I even had a guest wait until the first kiss at the end of the ceremony was happening to step literally one foot in front of me and snap a photo on their cellphone and loudly exclaim, “I beat the photographer to the shot!”

Yes. Yes, you did. And they paid me money to be here to take that photo and they’ll probably never see the picture on your phone. Even if they do, they most likely won’t be able to blow it up and put it in their wedding album or frame it and hang it on their wall.

Since cell phone cameras became more prevalent, this issue comes up more and more. And it’s not like couples aren’t aware of it.

Many couples choose to have ‘unplugged ceremonies’ so that their guests aren’t holding up phones and iPads throughout their wedding ceremony.

They want to see faces when they look out at their guest…not gadgets.

Have you ever had an experience like this? Tell us about it! Leave it in a comment on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we might share it on the podcast!

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