Photographer Thomas Stewart Lays Down Epic Rant on Cell Phones at Weddings

November 7, 2015 Updated: November 7, 2015

A wedding photographer has slammed guests for being too ready to whip out phones during ceremonies, saying he’s “had enough” with the rude behavior.

The Facebook rant has struck a chord around the nation.

Thomas Stewart said he’s urging brides and grooms to “please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony.”

He used one of his pictures to make his point, showing a groom leaning just to see his bride approaching because guests with their phones taking pictures were in the way.


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

“This sucks. And i’m not blaming these guests in particular; I actually take a large amount of responsibility for this occurring. In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I’m going to make a pretty big deal about it,” he said.

“If you’re planning a wedding, please consider these points:
1. Guests with phones, iPads and cameras get right in your photographer’s way. They have no idea how to stay out of our way. They often ruin many of our shots. They will make our photos worse. You’re paying a photographer quite a bit of money; that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way.
2. These same guests will get in YOUR way. You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there’ll be an iPad in the way. You will miss seeing your partner’s face in the aisle.
3. The guests’ photos are usually crap. I’m sorry, but it is true. You can’t take great photos with your camera phone by leaning into the aisle of a dark church to photograph a moving subject. Hell, even lots of professionals have trouble with this. And finally, the most important point: 4. 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 urged couples to tell people in their invites not to bring technology, and to also write it some place at the venue where guests can see it. At the same time, he told guests of weddings that they should be present at the ceremony and not concerned with taking pictures.


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