Wedding photographer rants against iPhones at weddings, goes viral
by Victor Hristov / Jul 17, 2019, 8:59 AM
Smartphones cameras have improved a lot in the past few years and under certain circumstances, they could even replace a professional camera. Those circumstances, however, definitely do not include taking out your phone for a quick snap and blocking the view of a professional photographer hired at an event, but that is exactly what one girl decided to do, almost ruining an important moment at a wedding.
Hannah Stanley, the hired wedding photographer, was just about to get the money shot of the father walking his daughter down the aisle when suddenly an iPhone entered her frame, ruining the shot. She could eventually adjust to get the shot, but almost missed it.
The professional photographer then ranted on Facebook, urging people to enjoy the moment rather than live it via a digital screen, capturing photos they will definitely not use much after taking them.
With no further ado, here is the rant that has since then gone viral on Facebook:
And yes, while banning smartphones at weddings is probably not the best idea, using them more conscientiously definitely is.
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Wedding photographer: $2,500-$10,000 Friend with a good smartphone: free. No wonder a photographer is ranting about it
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:11 AM 3
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I think it was more based on the fact the girl tried to use a mediocre smart phone.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 10:08 AM 21
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no where it is mentioned in the rant about iphone....but PhoneArena somehow managed to put it in the title.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:30 AM 1
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Umm...read it again.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:38 AM 9
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The photographer does mention iPhone but using a bit of common sense you would know that this applies to any one with a phone. I’ve seen it more often than not, although truth be told photographers can also be giant buzzkills because they sometimes try so hard to set up a “good shot” that they can take the fun out of everything. There was a wedding I attended that used sparklers at the end when the bride and groom were leaving. Obviously there were kids there that thought it was fun to write letters in the air with them but the photographer came up and snatched the sparklers from them for ruining the good shot. To each their own I guess. If you want a perfect shot, sometimes the people in it have to fake what they’re actually doing.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:46 AM 4
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"To the girl with the iPhone..." Reading is hard?
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 11:19 AM 4
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Your so dumb not to read the photographer’s rant, iphone was mentioned and not cheap android.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 7:41 PM 0
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So, it’s about camera phones...not specifically iPhone. Click, click.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:38 AM 5
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Sounds like a pro is pissed they were outmaneuvered.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 9:39 AM 2
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We had hired a professional for our family shoot. The entire 3 generations traveled to a remote location up the mountain for the scenery. Photographer ended up loosing all photos due to technicality excuse. The only thing that saved any portion of that endeavor the trip were photos taken with our smartphones. I will attest that the portrait mode on newer iPhones are fantastic and we now have prints on canvas specifically taken on iPhones in every home. So, yes we should let professionals do their thing. But they have to let all guests enjoy the event.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 10:37 AM 2
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Give precedence to the hired photographer. Allow phones, but say "during [specific time] no cameras." leaving it open to "no cameras during ceremony", people don't follow it. tell them exactly when they can't use it and it'll stick better.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 1:15 PM 0
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I thought this photographer made sense at first, but then she revealed what she's really thinking through her Facebook posts. So what she's basically trying to imply is: "I'm a professional photographer capable of capturing important moments with my dedicated camera, so you smartphone photographers who can only take worthless photos with trashy image quality that nobody will use should simply back off and watch me do my job". She could've just said that guests should refrain from blocking the view of hired photographers and their cameras and it would've been all good, but instead she decided to insult people who enjoy taking photos with their phones. A typical professional photographer elitism and I'm disappointed to see this kind of attitude from a pro.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 10:49 AM 1
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I've been in the situation where I am glad that person (the wedding guest) did what they did, but I'll get to that in a minute. If you are a guest at a weeding, and you see that the family decided to hire a professional photographer, it is just courtesy to not photobomb pictures they are taking. They paid "good" money to have them there taking pictures that if they have good equipment and know what they are doing (the important part) can do better then even the newest iPhones and Pixels can. By all means though, grab as many pictures as you want but be respectful of the people that were hired to do something for the wedding. Now the part that I mentioned about knowing what they are doing. My sister hired someone who had the right equipment and apparently just got into doing weddings. Everyone has to start somewhere but her ISOs were off, white balance was jacked up, pictures honestly looked like they came from a phone at best 5 years ago, and not a good one. She tried to at least get the actual originals since no one in their right mind would pay for what she was given but she apparently shot everything in JPEG, so no chance taking a RAW image and salvaging what you could. So luckily, my wife and some of my sister's friend snapped pictures during the wedding and in this case, when you have an idiot behind the camera, the iPhones and Galaxys did a better job and got her some pictures that she can actually frame and hang on her wall. Yes, the "professional" pictures were that bad.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 11:06 AM 1
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Staged. If she was a real professional who cared she would've used those precious seconds to grab the bride walking down instead of her pettiness. Also, a professional photographer f'ing moves to get the shot he/she wants.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 11:19 AM 2
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If the pro is in the spot to get the best shot and some stupid azz sticks their F-ing phone out there , I would be pissed too. It is not the professionals fault. That bride and groom should have been pissed too.
posted on Jul 17, 2019, 12:38 PM 2
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