Unplugging Uncle Bob

Southern California Wedding Photographers
Southern California Wedding Photographers

Capturing your ceremony is super important! We shoot from as many angles as we can, zoomed in and full overviews are a must. We have worked on our plan of attack when it comes to who is positioned where and which shots we're each getting. Our ability to keep from distracting you or your guests is at ninja level. But there's one thing we can never prepare for or control, Uncle Bob.

Who is Uncle bob you ask? Uncle Bob is our name for a well meaning family member or guest who fancies themselves to be quite the photographer(someone spring to mind?). Because Uncle Bob loves his hobby so much, he simply can't stay in his seat and risk missing images of your wedding. We feel for Uncle Bob, he simply wants to capture your special day. Totally sympathize! We do too!

So why are we talking about Uncle Bob? Well, sometimes when he wanders from his seat, he ends up in our images. We've even had a couple instances of him standing in the aisle (example above). This means when we take an overall shot of this incredible moment in your day, Uncle Bob is the first thing you notice. Especially if he's stepped in during your walk down the aisle! No Bueno!

Adam and I try to be as tactful as possible when directing guests back to their seats, but sometimes (most times) we walk away and they're back at it. We don't ever want one of your guests to leave your celebration with a bad taste about your photographers so we do our best to shoot around them.

Now if you foresee this being an issue, there are a couple things you can do to prevent it. You can have your officiant or DJ make an announcement about it. We've had a couple weddings where this was done and it worked out beautifully. One DJ explained to the guests that the couple had requested an "unplugged" wedding - which means no cameras or phones (or iPads, and yes it happens!) during the ceremony. Another idea is simply having a sign (dare we say chalkboard?!) that let's guests know that it's important to you that they are able to be completely present at your ceremony so you've brought professional photographers to capture the occasion. I've pinned a few ideas on this board.<

Now we know that having a customized hashtag for your wedding so that guests can post to Instagram is a growing trend, so something can simply be said about remaining in their seats. Easy peezy! And it's your wedding day, so you can do what you want! Have more questions about this? We can help you figure out the best way to make sure the distractions are cut out of your ceremony in a kind but firm way!

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