Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What is an "Unplugged Wedding"?

I've been meaning to write a post about this topic for a long time now, and I recently saw another blog post that very effectively conveys what I've been thinking. Check it out here:

The Unplugged Wedding

It's all about guests leaving their cameras at home in order to be fully present at a wedding instead of taking snapshots. This is something that is becoming increasingly prevalent as everyone has great little phone cameras, and Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites have grown in popularity. Sometimes I think people have to have an image of an event in order to feel that the event actually took place. It's an interesting conundrum, one that I've often struggled with: do I film this moment and have it forever to watch again, or do I put my camera down and fully experience the moment and carry it forever, in vivid color, in my heart?

This photo by Alex M Photography cracks me up. A quote from the bride: "Yeah, my dad kept saying 'I wanna get a picture of us.' I kept telling him, “Don’t worry, Alex will get one. I promise!”

I'm going to abstain from expounding on how a barrage of flashes and LCD screens can compromise a professional's shots, and just encourage my brides and grooms to think about making their wedding "unplugged". Check out this link to find ways to politely encourage your guests to relax and just be in the moment.

This is a still shot from one of my videos. This guest really cares about the groom's mother and wanted a photo of her in this special moment. Unfortunately he wasn't aware that I was filming right behind him.

What do you think? Is asking for an unplugged wedding a good way to help preserve the sanctity of the wedding, ensure guests are fully present, and prevent compromised shots by the videographer and photographer? Or is a "plugged in" wedding just the wave of the future, and taking photographs is this generation's method of experiencing and enjoying an event?

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LIz Perdomo said...

great post!! I do strongly believe guests could at least hold back from snapping photos during a ceremony. The reception time seems most appropriate to pull out the camera. Esp. since guests want their personal pictures w/ B&G and other attending guests. Guests of course should be considerate enough to understand that the B&G have invested in hiring a professional to capture their memories. Thus..showing respect for the professional to do his/her job and staying clear of professionals way. I sadly feel though that it would be very hard to get guests to comply to such a request. In the end it would ultimately boil down to the bride&grooms requests and how their guests respect their wishes ....after all it is their wedding day :) just my two cents =)

Vanessa McKellar said...

I totally agree with everything you said Liz. It does make more sense during the reception and it's less of a problem then for us pros too. I'm all about pulling the bride and groom aside if you're a guest and having someone take a snapshot of you together- that seems like what you would want the most in the long run anyway. And I agree too that it could be difficult to get guests to comply- the idea would probably rub a lot of them the wrong way. It's tricky!