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The Benefits of having an Unplugged Wedding

Black and White Bride and Groom KissWhat is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony. 

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding. 

  • When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes can interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos. 
  • Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images. 
  • If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests. 
  • Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows. 
  • Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking our view. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move. 
  • During family formals, guests will often crowd photographers to get photographs of their own. In addition to the flash problem mentioned above, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. This creates a challenge for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera. Additionally, it slows the process down.
  • Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting. 

I highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact me and we can chat.

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Why Have Additional Photographers at your Wedding

Two Photographers after an event
One of my favorite partners in crime, Will Hahn

The most important choice in wedding planning is your spouse. Only slightly less important, is your wedding photographer. But should you have additional wedding photographers too?

All of my wedding packages include the option for additional photographers – a main photographer, and a “second shooter”. A second shooter is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well. You may  want additional wedding photographers for many reasons.

  1. The laws of physics say it is impossible to everywhere at one time. If you want photos of the bride and groom both getting ready, I simply can’t be in both locations at once. By having an additional photographer, we can cover more events at one time. If you like candid photographs, you absolutely want additional photographers. They will be able to get all of the little moments that happen behind the scenes. If you only have one photographer and I am with the bride while the groom gets ready, then we have to have the groom mock up and fake these moments to look candid. “Forced candids” are never quite the same.
  2. During the wedding, the main photographer focuses on getting all the traditional photographs that sometimes we miss the candid moments during your ceremony. A second photographer watches out for these moments. By having a second photographer, it ensures that you get more candid photographs.
  3. You will also get more creative photographs for the same reason. Additional photographers know the main photographer is working through the traditional details and photographs. This frees them to be able to be more creative. They can catch different angles and give you a fresh perspective.
  4. With additional photographers being there, we always have a backup on scene in the event the main photographer gets sick or injured. The additional photographer will be able to take over for them without skipping a beat.
  5. It is also good to have multiple cameras at the event. In case of emergency – for example, a camera gets broken or a card gets corrupted – you will still have photos and they won’t all be lost or damaged. You must ask your photographer about this. I personally always bring at least two cameras, and each of my cameras writes simultaneously to multiple cards. Redundancy is my friend.
  6. If time becomes limited, having an additional photographer ensures nothing gets forgotten or missed. For example, one photographs the reception details while the other is in cocktail hour photographing all of those candid moments and details.
  7. One word of caution: talk with your primary photographer about having additional photographers present. Many photographers – myself included – write terms into their contracts specifying they are the only photographer allowed at the event. This ensures that any additional photographers present would be on my team and working cooperatively. It is also a quality control: I know anyone I bring meets my standards.Ready to book your photography package? Let’s talk today and make your dream come true!
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Today I was accepted by Fearless Photographers.
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So This Happened Today…

I found out today that Fearless Photographers accepted me as one of their own.

The process for this was an application and portfolio review. I am excited that I can confidently present a portfolio these days and not sweat too much if it is acceptable. This is a world-wide list, and I am the only name I recognize in the St. Louis area, and certainly the only one in the St. Louis Metro-East.

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