Things sure have changed since my first wedding about 14 years ago. I’ve seen trends come and go and the biggest one in photography is the digital age. My first weddings were shot with film and yes, I do still shoot film. I’ve even seen this “trend” come back. I laugh now at the times people used to ask me why don’t you go digital? How do you know you got the shot? Well, I’m a professional I know I got it!!
So as the times have changed in photography I’ve seen more people with professional digital cameras and point and shoots at weddings and now even with their phones and iPads. I admit my first wedding was just a fluke and I never really thought I’d be a wedding photographer. But it was like fate found me. I’ve worked hard to build my portfolio, reputation and skills over all these years and can finally say “Yes, I”m a professional photographer” and know that I’m worthy of that title.
Sadly the trend I see now is no longer the images of loved ones laughing, crying or emotional during a ceremony. The trend is me taking photos of these people taking photos of the couple who are laughing, crying and emotional. They are no longer present during this intimate moment that is so special for this couple. So when they look at the their photos what do they see? Their loved ones holding cameras! Let’s be honest as this really does not make for beautiful albums.
When I first heard “unplugged weddings” I was ecstatic. Yes I thought! Let’s get back to what professional photographers are there to do which is capture the wedding and let people share in the joy of a couple during this most important and intimate time. Your friends wedding is not the time to practice your skills as a photographer. That is why I am there. This is my job. As a guest, your job is to laugh, cry and smile. This idea isn’t for everyone and that is OK! But is sure is a trend I hope comes back BIG!
I’m quite fond of the words on this site at Bayside Bride. Now I hope these images can show you just what I mean!
All images copyright Misti Layne