Wedding photographer Thomas Stewart is so done with your amateur wedding photos and your need to view life's most precious moments through the lens of your iPhone's camera.
On Thursday, Stewart shared a photo on Facebook of a wedding he recently shot.
Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to... Posted by Thomas Stewart Photography on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Accompanying the photo, he wrote,
Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way. This sucks.
Stewart informed followers how often guests' attempts to take their own photos ruin professional shots. Plus, he said they're snapping cell phone pics that are “usually crap” anyway.
Most importantly, the photographer asked readers to put themselves in the wedding couple's shoes and visualize a sea of technology where their wedding guests should be.
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! I highly doubt this is the way you want to remember your wedding ceremony.
Stewart suggested happy couples put bans on technology during their ceremonies, allowing guests to be present and photographers to take the professional, lasting shots that matter.
So guests please, for my sake, and for sake of the two people getting married, leave your cameras at home and put your phones / iPads away.
The “rant” has been shared over 66,000 times, and the more than 95,000 likes suggest there are plenty who share Stewart's perspective.
With the amount of money and time poured into making a wedding beautiful, it couldn't hurt guests to unplug and enjoy.