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How to Get Guests to Stop Taking Photos at Weddings . . . The Polite Way

More and more, wedding guests are standing in the aisles and simply "getting in the way of the wedding photographers that were paid to take the gorgeous photos at the wedding". What's a bride and groom to do? . . .

. . . Photo Etiquette Cards to the rescue

With so many smart phones and digital cameras in the hands of nearly all attendants, wedding photographers are finding themselves competing with amateur guest photographers to fulfill the photography order they were hired to shoot for the bride and groom. Since the verbal "unplugged" requests aren't always respected, Diana Lewkowicz, a Falls Church, Virginia-based photographer, has come up with Photo Etiquette Cards. She has designed six different small cards that can be used at weddings {or any other event where you would like guests to refrain from taking photographs}. These cards politely ask guests to put away their digital cameras and cell phones during the ceremony and to be present while enjoying the wedding live.

To see any of the cards above larger, you can simply click on them. I love what the cards say - but since they are asking guests to put away their camera and/or smartphone, it seems to me that the camera image shown should be more modern and not so dated. 

What do you think? Would you hand these cards out at your wedding ceremony?

Wedding Photography Tips : Don't Rain on My Parade

guest blogging with Kismis Ink Photography

Today I'm happy to be joined by Mariana and Khaled of Kismis Ink Photography with their terrific tips on how you can still rock your photo session no matter what mother natures throws your way. With Kismis Ink Photography being natural light photographers and their photoshoots taking place almost 100% outdoors, the weather is both their friend and enemy. Sometimes, you can re-schedule, but this isn't always possible if the client is only in the area for a certain date or the weather changes in the middle of the shoot. If you're faced with a questionable weather situation, here are some wonderful tips from Mariana and Khaled on how to deal with the forces of nature for both photographers and those being photographed.

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1. Check your weather forecast as it's accurate more than half the time, one great site is www.weather.com that gives you 15 minute intervals of weather forecasting.

2. Preparation is key so you need to plan, plan, and then plan some more. Always expect the unexpected. It may seem like a burden to take extra covers, raincoats, flashlights, plastic bags, a couple of umbrellas, extra lighting, etc. If you don't have these items and do need them, you will kick yourself later for being unprepared.

3. Review your Plan A, Plan B and even Plan C. Become familiar with the area you will be shooting at; by doing so you have an advantage to change locations smoothly without stressing that the new location won’t work, or worse, that you won’t be able to find something. You might even be able to find combo areas that include both outdoor/indoor possibilities.

4. Communication with the client is VITAL. "Feel the vibe and see if your client is willing to endure not-so-perfect weather conditions. Keep in mind, hair & make-up preparation, clothing that they may not want to ruin or get wet, and props that may not be able to withstand harsh conditions." All of these factors will play a major role in determining if the shoot can continue and adjust to the conditions or be rescheduled.

5. Stay optimistic as the photographers mood will also affect the clients. Demonstrating professionalism, enthusiasm, and reassuring the client that their session will be a hit, then 98% of the time, it will!. Be sure to not throw in the towel too quickly and work with what you have and make the best of it. Make use of available light and get creative. Remember: thinking outside the box will not only create unique and fun images, but will also help a photographer strengthen their skills.

6. This tip is specifically for photographers: if you will be shooting in adverse weather, definitely invest in equipment rain gear & insurance. Equipment is expensive and takes only a few seconds to damage, so be sure to make every effort to insure your valuables that are vital to keep you in business.

Thank you so much Kismis Ink Photography for letting me share these tips with my readers today. To see these tips in more depth, please be sure to stop by the Kismis Ink blog.

The photos shown are from Kismis Ink Photography's past sessions that have been threatened by horrible weather.