Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wedding Photographers

When did weddings become spectacles rather than ceremonies? We went to a friend's wedding this afternoon, a lovely outdoors wedding in the mountains, and were persistently annoyed by the wanton use of cameras during the ceremony. A surprising number of guests took photos of the ceremony in ways that distracted from the event for anyone behind them. To make matters worse, the professional photographer was everywhere during the ceremony, blocking our view of the couple, circling around behind the minister, all but stepping in between the couple and the minister; he was a pest (and underdressed for the occasion). In his view, the photographs were clearly more important than the guests - unless the latter were useful as props. The emphasis at a wedding used to be on the ceremony and the celebration; now it appears to be one big photo op, as if photographs are the only way to make it real.

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