It’s hard to believe that the camera phone is a luxury exclusive to the twenty-first century, with the first camera phone having been sold in 2000. In less than a decade, the total worldwide number of camera phones grew to over a billion, and today hundreds of millions are sold every year. And it’s not surprising – having a camera on your phone is great! Personal photography gives people the opportunity to not only capture, but to create and share memories. Moreover, in today’s age of social media, camera phones are an essential part of our communication. With the help of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, online photo-sharing sites like Instagram or Pinterest, and apps like Snapchat, thousands of photos are uploaded and shared every day… every minute even. Such sites help to create and express our identity. For a generation that is seemingly obsessed with capturing every living moment, there really is no denying the greatness of the camera phone.
However, there has been a lot of speculation recently as to whether documenting your life online and through photographs is actually preventing us from living it. We end up missing out on the true first-hand experience by focusing so much on ensuring the second-hand side of things. For this very reason, many couples are beginning to dislike the idea of guests being attached to their phones throughout their ceremony and reception, and the hot topic of wedding circles at the moment seems to be whether to request or even require that guests ditch the devices during the event.
In his book ‘Our Virtual Shadow,’ author Damon Brown recalls “The morning of our wedding, my wife and I only had one major discussion: Should we bring our cell phones? She loved Facebook as much as I loved Twitter… But we decided to put the smartphones away. And our decision turned out to be the right one”. Brides and Grooms want their guests to be present; to be witnesses, not recorders.
If you, likewise, would much rather the focus be on you directly, rather than you through a lens, perhaps try opting for an ‘unplugged wedding’ by adding a note to your programs asking guests to leave the photography and videography to the professionals, and refrain from taking photos or videos themselves. For information about how we can help you create the perfect wedding video, please contact us.