Weddings are supposed to be one of the happiest days of a family’s life. Bride, groom, and their respective relatives are gathered to celebrate the union of a loving couple — so what could be more important than snapping the perfect wedding photos for the occasion?
Well, for some people, catching the perfect shot for themselves can take center stage over a professional photographer. Take this recent story, for example. A wedding photographer was set to capture the bride and her father walking down the aisle. Then suddenly, by surprise, an arm with a cell phone entered the shot and ruined the photo completely!
But the photographer wasn’t about to take this development lying down. She uploaded the messy photo to social media with a stern reminder for wedding guests — and to her surprise, the post went viral! See if you can find common ground with this photographer’s take on “tech etiquette” and why it might not be the brightest idea to whip the old smartphone out at the drop of a hat!
Ruining a moment in time
Hannah Stanley is a photographer who had been hired to take pictures of a wedding for her business. When it came time to capture a moment of the bride and her father walking together, a guest extended their arm — smartphone in tow — right in front of Hannah’s line of sight. The result was a hilarious snafu of a wedding photo featuring a disembodied arm and a mirror of the photo itself on the screen of the phone in the shot.
Hannah, however, wasn’t about to let this one go. Taking to Facebook, she made a public post that called out the misguided iPhone user (as well as anyone who spends lots of time on their phones during important events). It’s a funny, cringe-worthy, and thoughtful look at one of our society’s more embarrassing tech tendencies.
Words worth saying
Hannah’s post reveals some pretty solid points about how we use our smartphones today. Not only did this person ruin a perfectly good shot for their own benefit, but it’s also worth arguing that they won’t even find a place to use it — unlike Hannah for her business or the couple and their families for posterity.
Her most salient point, however, is the idea that we shouldn’t be experiencing once-in-a-lifetime moments through the glass of our screens. Being present for the couple involved is far more meaningful than a couple of throwaway shots could ever be. And, as Hanna puts it, “[the guests] are important to the bride and groom, [they] would not be attending the wedding otherwise.”
As for the owner of the arm in the photo above, their identity currently remains a mystery. And who could blame them? I certainly wouldn’t want to be known for photobombing a wedding photo!
Hopefully, though, this is a lesson that everyone can learn from: Weddings are about the couple and their families. Let’s keep it that way.