Social Media is taking the world by a rage. You and me, would both agree to that. Every occasion in our lives today revolves around our social media feeds. Be it our personal life or the professional one, it’s all wired in the digital era. When noticed attentively, things have managed to change with the incoming of technology in our lives. Browsing has become safer and cheaper, networking has become easier and so much more.
Weddings are one such occasion, aren’t they? Gone are the days of chaotic wedding planning with every family member. Couples plan their own weddings today, with help from celebrants with expertise. Things are smoother and more convenient than ever. Everything is made possible with just a couple of clicks and calls. Marriages aren’t limited to the concept of a man and woman only anymore. It’s a call for celebration and the happiness is speeding fast on social media. Even though social media has managed to make the world a more connected and convenient place, it comes with its own set of problems too.
Social media can be extremely irritating when users do not know how to limit it in the right place and time. You don’t want to be that irritating guy at a wedding whose phone blasted while the bride was reading her vows. Neither does anyone contemplate on missing out the whole experience in an order to find the best fit for their feed.
Here are 5 balanced photography tips keeping in mind the social media intrusion-
1. Keep in touch with the couple before the Big Day-
You should understand how precious and meaningful this day of togetherness is to your same-sex friends. This makes it obvious that they have a lot in mind for the big day. Most often than not, couples usually start a Facebook page for the big day. The intention here is to keep you updated about their plans and other details. Always accept their requests on social media and be prompt in reverting. Be wise not to ask personalized questions on those public forums. In case you want to know any personal details of the couple, ask them on a personal chat. Value their privacy while still staying connected to them. After the wedding check with them if they have a hashtag that would help them see all the pictures together.
2. Posting details and pictures before the couple-
The pictures make up for a big part of any celebration. This was the case when the previous generation got married and probably before that too. A photograph is a way of capturing a memory you want to preserve for future. Weddings make for the happiest of memories. It’s wise to not take that away from the couple. They are probably excited and are keeping people waiting before showing their wedding pictures. It would be highly distasteful if someone apart from them breaks the joy of it.
These are extremely delicate affairs. Be it the ring, the vow or the wedding dress or suit, it has a lot of brain behind it. You wouldn’t understand the emotion that the couple has regarding it. This is why it’s best not to share any detail of the wedding before asking the couple.
3. Never compete with the photographer for shots-
Thanks to smartphones, we have all become excellent photographers. Even though it’s very seducing to try out your own hands at it, you should not. Weddings make for picture perfect backgrounds. Be it the food, the décor or the dressed up people, they all give excellent frames. But you should remember that you are invited to the wedding as a guest and not a photographer. It’s the photographer’s job to take good pictures of the day and your job to be a good guest. Never compete with the photographer to take a shot. It basically is similar to you blocking him from doing his job. This doesn’t make you an ideal guest, does it? Take a few pictures for your reference. You can also catch up with the photographer when he is a little less occupied and check the pictures.
4. Being live on social media during the major part of the day is a strict NO-N0-
Always remember that you are a live guest at the real wedding. The location could just be just picture perfect, with the right kind of DIY toasters or hanging bouquets. It is never cool to document every tiny detail of the wedding throughout the day. The couple invited you to be a part of their big day. You shouldn’t be risking it and focus on being with them and living the moment instead.
5. Talking on the phone or being on it during the ceremony is worse-
Our lives are extremely busy now a day. However, it’s never okay to be in a virtual world while there is a world of real people waiting for your attention. It’s the same with couples who are planning their big day until the last moment. You could be a guest or a close friend who is responsible. However, focus on always ending most of your calls before the big day. Be there at the event, both physically and mentally.
Remember, for the couple who is getting married it’s a one-time thing mostly. You should rather create a memory to cherish of them instead of a snapshot.
Author Bio – Bronte Price is Australia’s First Certified Gay Wedding Celebrant. He stands strongly for marriage equality and takes immense pleasure in marrying any couples in love. He has also co-founded The Equality Network to help wedding suppliers create a better wedding experience for LGBTI couples. He is a regular volunteer newsreader at Joy 94.9, and a member of GLOBE (Gay and Lesbian Organization for Business and Enterprise). Beyond this you will find him either in his organic backyard vegetable garden or taking walks with his fiancée Clint and their four legged fur baby – Bingo.