Wedding Photographer’s Rant Against Guests Ruining Shots With Smartphones Goes Viral {PICS}

A wedding photographer’s Facebook rant is going viral about people taking pictures at weddings.

Hannah Stanley wrote,

“To the girl with the iPhone…
Not only did you ruin my shot, but you took this moment away from the groom, father of the bride, and the bride. What exactly do you plan on doing with that photo? Honestly. Are you going to print it out? Save it? Look at it everyday? No. You’re not. But my bride would have printed this photo, looked at it often and reminisced over this moment as her dad walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. But instead, you wanted to take a photo with your phone, blocking my view, and taking a photo that you will not use.”

Reactions are mixed though one former bride commented

I think this shows poor character on the photographer by calling out a guest like this for the world to see. Each guest at our wedding was special to us and I would have never allowed this. Mistakes happen.
I also don’t agree with this post. We had an amazing photographer, but it took 10 weeks to get our photos back. Because of the shots the guests were able to capture, we had something to reminisce on while we waited.
Poor skills on this photographer for not being able to capture photos around this.

Another bride wrote

I appreciated every picture my guests took at my wedding. The day is about celebrating a joyous occasion with family and friends. It’s not about pictures. Yeah this individual could’ve been more considerate, but they were probably just caught up in the moment.

And fellow photographers disagreed as well

Omg I have faced this and it needs to stop. I asked all of my brides to make it clearer during the ceremony NO CELL phones. They ruin so many shots for the official photographer. This really hit me!!!
I stopped shooting weddings for this and several other reasons.


As a wedding photographer, it’s our job to work around the obstacles. You spent time to actually take focus different and take TWO photos just to make a point when instead you could have moved and adjusted to avoid her and the phone completely.
The guests are there to enjoy and remember this time as well. We live in a time of “it didn’t actually happen unless there’s a photo”. Grow with the times and adapt. I’m sorry you missed such a beautiful shot.

What do you think? I can see both sides. Take a picture but be respectful of the official photographer and don’t get in the way.