Now that everyone and their brother has a smartphone and is on social media, taking and posting personal pictures of a couple’s big day has become a pretty normal practice. But this brings about a whole new question of when taking and posting these pictures is appropriate, if at all. Some couples will put their wishes regarding personal pictures on their invitations, or encourage guests to use a special hashtag when posting photos, but sometimes the rules aren’t too clear. So what is a wedding guest to do? We have a couple of things to keep in mind for when you’re thinking of snapping some shots.
1. Flash is a no-no!
It’s important to remember that the couple has hired a professional to capture the moments of their special day. While you’re capturing memories for yourself, make sure you aren’t accidentally ruining the shots that the couple has paid to have taken! Camera flashes can blow out the lighting of other pictures that the photographer may be trying to take, so try to be mindful of that when you pull out your phone to take pictures.
2. Try to put your phone away during the ceremony.
This is the big moment of the wedding, so it’s important to try to be just as present in the moment as the couple is. You’re there to see this happen, so live in it! Rest assured that the couple will have plenty of pictures of this themselves, and this is a personal moment that you should let the two of them share in with only the people that they wished to have there. It’s definitely tempting, but at least keep in mind to keep the personal moments as personal as possible.
3. Before you share pictures, check with the couple!
If you want to put your pictures up on Facebook or some sort of social media, it is always appreciated if you ask the couple. Make sure that they are okay with your 7803 Facebook friends seeing pictures of them on their big day before you press share! You can also ask if they would like copies of any of the photos for themselves, especially if they ask you not to post the pictures. Remember that it is their big day, after all!
When taking and posting pictures, go with your gut and what feels right to you – you probably know the couple well enough to know what they would and would not appreciate. But it’s important to remember that the day is about them, and they want you to be engaged in the beautiful moments of their wedding. So don’t forget to experience the day with them!| 1 comments