Photo: Wedding photographer captures the moment groom... can't see his bride because of all the smartphones in the way
An Australian photographer has gone viral online after posting a photograph which shows just how badly modern technology can impact on the biggest events in our lives.
Photographer Thomas Stewart captured the image, which shows one of his grooms peering through a sea of mobile phones to see his bride walk up the aisle.
Stewart wrote that he had "had enough".
He pointed out that couples are "paying a photographer quite a bit of money" and that guests with phones, iPads and cameras "get right in your photographer's way" and "often ruin many of our shots".
"You want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way".
Referencing the photograph, he wrote that couples risk missing out on their own special day because their guests are so eager to record it.
"You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there’ll be an iPad in the way. You will miss seeing your partner’s face in the aisle".
"I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony".
He added that the photos the guests would be taken are "usually crap".
"I'm sorry, but it's true. You can't take great photos with your camera phone by leaning into the aisle of a dark church to photograph a moving subject".
Stewart's rant finished by pointing out that if your guests are busy recording the event, they are not experiencing it.
"Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony. You're elated. You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? NO FACES AT ALL AS THEY ARE ALL HIDDEN BEHIND PHONES AND CAMERAS!"
His post was shared over 42,000 times and received over 20,000 comments. In 2013, American photographer Corey Ann wrote a similar blog post in which she used a number of examples of photos that were ruined by pushy guests getting in the way to take blurry phone pics - including one of a couple's first kiss.
"He stood RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME during the first kiss.... I still am SO SAD that I missed their first kiss. I sure hope he got it!"