Photography for Guests: When, Where and How

We, here at Saiaf Films (or probably everyone who has been to a wedding) have witnessed this common wedding scenario: everyone is in the ceremony, in their respective places, quietly waiting for the bride and then the music starts. The doors slowly open and there’s a rustle as everyone turns to face the back of the room to see the bride’s entrance…and another rustle as everyone delves into their bag to fish out their camera phones.

It’s pretty much an accepted fact now – unless the couple have laid out their wishes for an “unplugged wedding,” you will have 100 photographers at your wedding instead of just one. But if you’re conscious of making sure your guests don’t overstep the mark and you want your Best Glendale Wedding Photographer capture great photos of your wedding, let this article help you out by sharing this to your beloved friends and guests, who surely want nothing but the best for your most special day.

When Should Guests Avoid Getting Snap Happy?

Guests taking photos isn’t often an issue. It becomes an issue when they get in the way of the Chandler Cultural Wedding Photographer or are distracting the couple from looking at the photographer’s camera.

Having covered hundreds of weddings, we would say that the key moments of the day when this could be a problem is when the bridal party walks down and guests lean into the aisle to take their own photos, obstructing the photographer’s view. Also, during group photos when your Best Chandler Arizona Wedding Photography wants everyone looking at their camera and not someone else’s!


When and Where is a Good Time for Guests to Take Pictures?

Probably the best time is once the newlyweds have returned from their couple photos taken by their Best Sedona Wedding Videography team, and before or after group photos have taken place – this is when we would usually be in the background, capturing laughter, smiles, hugs and the general celebratory mood of the day. This is when guests can have their own photos with the couple whilst everyone is happily chatting away and not needing to ‘do’ anything.

Things like cake cutting, speeches and the first dance are also perfect opportunities for guests to be snap happy and the get some great smiles and laughs from a mix of angles.

How to Take Good Photographs on a Smartphone

Instead of zooming in on your screen, move closer to the object or person you are photographing. Zooming in makes the image blurry (as it pixelates it) and reduces the quality. Tap the part of the screen that you want in focus before taking the photo and try and keep your hands steady. If you’re outside during daylight hours, turn the flash off.

There are also a whole host of photography tips on how you can make fun and great wedding photos using your smartphone here.