Please, stop ruining it for everyone.
James Day is a professional wedding photographer who has shot the likes of Rachael Finch and her husband Michael Minizer. But despite years of experience, recently he was shooting a wedding where something strange happened.
Day took a photo of a groom, tears running down his face as his bride walked down the aisle, only to later discover it had a giant white streak through the centre of the image.
And it’s all because the flash from a wedding go-er’s camera interfered with the flash on his SLR. The photo and Day’s message quickly went viral, having been seen by 500,000 people on his page.
Speaking exclusively to iVillage Australia about the image, Day said, "In regards to that individual photo, it obviously had emotional impact because it's the groom watching the bride. Now luckily in that situation I got another photo, I'm not silly. I don't just take one shot. However, if I didn't realise that and it just happened this was the only moment a teardrop was coming out of his eye or something, that's a moment missed."
Yet Day insists this is an incredibly rare occurrence and that it's the least of the issues he faces as a wedding photographer.
"I've heard this from so many brides. They've said, 'This is the closest thing to heaven on earth.' When they have all of their closest friends and family all in the one place together," Day said. These are some of the things that photographers think may ruin that:
1. Don't stand in the aisles or pop up in front of the photographer.
For those of you who do this, you're just making life difficult for everyone (the bride and groom included). Day explained, "I have had to quite literally run half way down the aisle and ask people to move. Or say that moment the bride is just about to hug her dad and someone just goes and steps in front of you, takes a photo, and I go, 'I hope you got a great shot on your iPhone' because I just got a great shot of the back of your head."
2. Stop trying to be the paparazzi and let the photographer do their job.
This is usually the uncle with the fancy camera trying to out-do the photographer. Day explained that he's had to deal with abusive wedding guests in the past who have tried taunting him and his fellow photographers to put them off. "The bride and groom asked me to be here so move out of the way and let me do my job," he said.