Unplugged Wedding – why turning mobiles off at your wedding can be a good idea | Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Fernanda Kenfield Photography

What 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 the photographer’s camera, 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 can also show up in our images. Also, if guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos and distracting to everyone.

Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very disturbing. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony and right at the exchange of the vows someone has their Ipad up in the air, your eyes go straight to the tablet and not to the bride and groom, which are the main focus!

Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we miss a special moment that could be captured, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by asking them to move.

During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, which can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you.

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.

We 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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Fernanda Kenfield offers family, maternity, couples, elopements and boudoir photography services in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the Island of Oahu. Fernanda also attends the areas of Kailua, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, Hawaii Kai, Wahiawa, Haleiwa, Ewa Beach, Mililani, Kapolei, Barbers Point and is not limited to attend military bases such as Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam, Ford island, Marines MCBH, Schofield Barracks. Waikiki Family Photographer, Honolulu Family Photographer, Kailua Family Photographer, Kaneohe Family Photographer, Kapolei Family Photographer, Waimanalo Family Photographer, Oahu Maternity Photographer, Honolulu Maternity Photographer.

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