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Couple Posing for PhotosTaking a photo is easier than ever before thanks to the advent of digital photography. Once upon a time, wedding photos were limited to the professional ones shot (on film, no less) by photographers with heavy, expensive equipment. Those days are long gone, of course. Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, which means almost everyone has his or her own personal camera. The best part of this access to technology is that you can use it to your advantage when it comes to your own wedding!

While you most likely are still going to want to hire professional photographers (whose equipment is far less cumbersome than in days gone by), you also may want to work some extra photos into the night. From digital photography to disposable cameras, there are a handful of exciting ways to approach the idea of photos at your wedding.

Sharing Is Caring

You don’t need to make any kind of special announcement about guests taking pictures. Most, if not all, guests are already going to be using their phones to take as many pics as possible throughout the night. What you might want to mention, however, is that your guests should share the photos. Plenty of people at weddings take photos and never put them online or share them with the happy couple. Since you want to see as many photos as possible of your big day, you need to talk to your guests about sharing.

Luckily, sharing pictures is as easy as taking them thanks to the internet. Certain operating systems, like Apple’s iOS, allow users in proximity to each other to put photos in a shared album via the cloud. Mentioning this in your program (or having your emcee mention it) can be an excellent way for guests to collect and share their pictures with everyone over the course of the night. Still, you need to expect that some people (especially those who are a bit older) may not be able to figure out how to do this without some help.

Old Favorites

Digital photography might be the most popular way to take pictures these days, but you can still explore classic approaches if you wish! One tradition that faded with the rise of digital cameras was the idea of having disposable cameras placed at each table during the wedding reception. Though these cameras don’t do anything different than the phone on a camera, there is something fun and exciting about being able to take pictures that you have to wait a bit to actually view.

This idea isn’t going to work for everyone. Film-based photography has slowly faded from the world over the years. If you want to use disposable cameras for your reception, then you need to be prepared to spend a little bit extra on development. Still, you also might find that taking this extra step provides you with some wonderful (and unexpected) gems from your big day.

Portraits of Fun

Finally, you may want to work with your wedding photographers to create some more unique options for your guests. The idea of the photo booth is one that has seen a lot of popularity for modern marital events. Instead of the typical booth, see if your photographers would be down to do an hour of “portrait photos.” Your guests will have the chance to have a fun, professional portrait taken and your photographers will have some extra shots to add to their portfolios!

Photography is a huge part of most weddings. Though digital mediums have made it easier for people to snap pictures, it is always a good idea to take some extra steps to ensure the best results. Whether you explore digital or disposable means, you’re bound to get some amazing images of your big day.


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