No I am serious. He must.
As a professional wedding photographer I have lost count how many times in the last few years I have had shots ruined by inconsiderate guests. Known in the trade as ‘Uncle Bob’s‘ they often feel they are doing the bride and groom a huge favour by photographing the day but in reality they simply block shots or are a distraction for the couple.
Things have gotten worse with the proliferation of tablets. I am no Luddite but why people see fit to bring these things to weddings is beyond me, I can only assume they feel the need to show them off. They are so oversized they block the view of anyone unlucky enough to be behind the user and the low light performance of the built in cameras is so poor that the images produced are rarely anything more than a noisy blur.
There is no doubt that social media has had a huge impact on this. There is a phenomena I have witnessed many times called ‘The Race to Facebook’ where guests feel like they are in competition with each other to get their pictures posted first. This leads to them aggressively perusing the couple in an attempt to get ‘that shot’ so they can get the ‘likes’ in the mistaken belief that in they in some way means something.
I do wish that guests would realise that they are there to enjoy the day, not document it. Relax, enjoy it, and leave the stress of the photography to the professionals.