Hello it's Helen.
We live in a digital world. It seems that everyone has a smartphone with a camera and people are always snapping pics wherever they go and posting them to social media. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram let people share (and perhaps overshare) every moment. So what does this have to do with your wedding? A lot actually. Do you want people sharing your day in real time? Maybe you care, but perhaps it's no big deal, and maybe you want to actively help people share. Either way, it's a conscious choice you should make. This post will help you decide and give some options on how you might want to share your big day!
First of all, you're likely paying a photographer a decent chunk of change to capture images on your wedding day and that's great, (we highly recommend it 😉), but those photos won't be seen until days and possibly even weeks after the event. Your formals and venue/decorations pictures are a treasure and you'll want those to be captured by a professional.
But what about all those people with smartphones? I'm glad you asked!
"We don't want our ceremony shared in real time. We'd rather be the first ones to share photos of the day." If this is you, that's great. Lots of people choose to have a phone/sharing free zone at their ceremony. This option is completely fine, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to keep a private and intimate feel to your wedding ceremony. You can include this decision in your invitation materials, post signs at your venue, or have someone make an announcement before the ceremony that respectfully ask that there be no personal photos taken. Your day, your choice. Simple.
"We don't mind if people take and share photos during our wedding and reception." Let it flow: Just let your guests snap their pics and share them however and on whatever platform they use. This is super easy and you don't have to do anything but smile!
"We want to actively help our guests collect their pictures of our special day into a meaningful experience." If this is you, awesome! Lots of people want their day to be shared with the world as it happens. If you'd like your day to be shared in this way there are several options on how you can do it. Here, I'll share a few possibilities just to give you some ideas.
Whether you choose to let people share share share or leave the picture taking to the professionals, when you choose Eleven11 Photography, we are here to support you every step of the way. Hopefully you found something here you can use, we'll see you next time!