Why I hate photographing weddings

I photographed my first wedding at 14, using my first DSLR, a Zenit E with the famous (or infamous) Helios 58mm f/2. Needless to say it was not a creative masterpiece, but it was a favour to friends and they were very happy. Looking back, things have changed beyond recognition, firstly because even as late as the 80s, no self respecting Wedding Photographer would be using 35mm, but also, the effects of the switch to digital.

Naturally, it is wonderful and very reassuring, to see your images as you go and then back them up, rather than have a few nail-biting days waiting for film to process and there was always the risk that something would go wrong. However, the changes in recent years has brought about a few developments that I do not like.

Firstly,as more people have had access to DSLRs, the number of family members turning up at a wedding to take photos and shadow the photographer has increased, what is the harm in that? Well...........it can be catastrophic, because not only is this person in the way, not only is he distracting you, he is also distracting the subject. If 'Uncle Buck' holds up a camera at the same time, some of the guests will look at him, then you will lost the attention of your talent......and the the images will suffer.

secondly,with the arrival of the smartphone, we have people holding their phones up to take their own photos, but they show little consideration for the disastrous effect that will have on the professional images. Whereas previously, the congregation would be watching the bride walking up the aisle with a smile, and perhaps the odd person pulling out an Olympus Trip, now we have half the guests holding a smartphone above their heads! There is nothing the photographer can do (apart from asking them beforehand, which they often ignore) the images will never look right.

Last but not least.........the ubiquity of the 'Bridezilla'

Please, when you get married, you should look like a bride, not like you have wondered out of a fancy dress party. There is NOTHING Photoshop can do about that.................trust me!

Therefore, I have really grown to dislike weddings, it's not easy if you take pride in what you do.

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