Wedding Photographer Goes Viral With Epic Rant Against Guest Who Ruined Shot With Phone

Wedding Photographer Goes Viral With Epic Rant Against Guest Who Ruined Shot With Phone

Guests with phones getting in the way have become a legitimate issue for wedding photographers in the last decade or so, and after just such an attendee ruined a shot of the bride and her father walking down the aisle, one wedding photographer took to Facebook to launch a rant at the phone photographer.

Hannah Mbalenhle Stanley of Hannah Way Photography has gone viral with her recent rant against a wedding guest who stuck their phone into the aisle to get a shot of the bride and her father, ruining Stanley's shot. The post has received well over 100,000 reactions and shares:

There have been reactions on both sides of the coin, with some agreeing with Stanley and expressing their frustration over the culture of smartphones. Others have expressed that while the guest could have been more considerate, they empathize with the emotion of the moment and don't blame them for wanting to take a picture. In recent years, many wedding couples have begun to ask guests to turn off their phones before the ceremony or have taken them away completely at the door in an effort to combat this problem.

Do you think Stanley's post will help stop this sort of behavior? 

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I was thinking it was a shame that the groom - no way that's the Dad! - couldn't have made that extra little effort and got a suit that fit...

The bride probably made him take off his baseball cap before the walk. Could be the first time he has been in a suit since his own wedding. And maybe that is the same suit. Party on.

Hernan Copello's picture

Well whenever this happens to me i go straight for the phone screen shot and then back to thd bride and groom. No need to cry about it. Plus you get two good shots.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

This whole thing stinks of influencer.

Motti Bembaron's picture

Ah, it happened to me once too when I asked the guest to please lower her phone she did not listen. I just walked towards her and stood next to her so she could not take a photo. I signaled to the bride to stop and I took a few photos.

I smiled to the bride and signaled her to move forward, the guest never did it again.

I always used either the 24-120 or the 24-70 when shooting the bride coming down the aisle, this way, I can be close to the bride if needed.

michaeljin's picture

No, the post won't stop the behavior and whining about it only makes you seem like you don't know WTF you're doing. I've seen this situation at literally every wedding that I've attended for at least the past decade. Even before that, there were people with their disposable cameras or compacts doing some version of the same thing.

If you're a wedding photographer, this should be an incredibly predictable scenario for you and you should figure out a way to solve the problem because that's part of your job.

Jeremy Lusk's picture

At my wedding we had signs informing guests not to use their phones. We also recognized their desire to take photos anyway, so we had our officiant tell everyone at the start of the ceremony, but still took a moment to let them take a few snaps of us in various cheesy poses. Then that was that, we didn’t see any phones out throughout the rest of the ceremony.

Julien Jarry's picture

This is a nice rant but I must respond with this thought. If she had enough time to think about not only focusing on her subject but then on the phone itself with her long lens she could have entered in and won the battle by walking up to the women with the phone and taken some winners on her second body, wider lens, or the same lens. I wouldn’t have sat there. I would have moved up to make a point without having to say a word and captured the shot. Instead she gets upset and takes a tack sharp picture of the phone.

Ivan Lantsov's picture

bride not buy picture, she has eyes
closed!

Johnny Rico's picture

But did she step the the left and start moving forward to get another shot. I mean at 200mm down the isle that's what you can expect to happen, best be prepared.

I don't ever see people not using their phones at weddings, no matter what is said to them.

fred lefeuvre's picture

move one step on left, get the shot :)
before cellphone, there were compact camera, uncle bob video cam...IMO it's a part of a wedding

Logan Cressler's picture

It's not even a good shot anyway, regardless of the phone. The bride is looking at the ground and nearly looks like she is mid-blink. This photo would be culled out anyway just because it's not good, not because of the phone.

It is the photographer's job to get the job done. Move, use your legs, get closer, back up, move to the side, whatever.

Talk with your clients beforehand and encourage them to ask for guests not to take photos, or not, whatever. You're a damn professional, act like it.

To those saying that he can't be her dad? Wow, I guess a guy cant look good for his age? Ever heard of just for men? Ever heard of having kids when you are young? Happens a lot. Don't be jealous.

Nick Haynes's picture

I'm not a professional photographer, but I go to weddings, and I take my camera.

This is India (and talking, mostly of Hindu weddings. Point of context for those to whom that means something) and there is a an army of photographers surrounding the events. They are there between what's happening and everybody else.

They have a job to do, and I think that, as I go dodging around, clicking my "snaps," I should not get in their way. They are often amazingly accommodating to the amateurs/casuals with camera or phone!

As an amateur, I hope never to be that person spoiling a shot. It is worth reading this story to understand how easily, especially in a moment of excitement, through ignorance or thoughtlessness, to be that person.

Nicholas K's picture

Twats with smartphones ruin everything. They ruin walking because they're gazing downward at their screens occupying all the space on the pavement. They ruin driving because so many of them are watching their Facebook feed not the road. They ruin concerts because they'd rather record a shit video that they will never watch than spend time enjoying the music. They ruin dining out because taking crap photos of food is always better than eating it while it's hot. They ruin social spaces because they're so desperate to find out what's on Twitter that they forget to talk to the people they're with. So, why should weddings be the only thing they don't ruin?

JetCity Ninja's picture

to answer the question, no.

people in general are too arrogant and lacking in humility to be convinced they're in the wrong for the greater good.

Jakeb Miller's picture

It's in my estimate to couples that family members have their phones put away until after the wedding party photos are done. But then again, everyone has a camera these days and that's ruining the market itself.

The wedding industry needs to crash and die.

Alan Strutt's picture

Problem solved , 5 minute edit. I'm sure the photographer has a shot of the dress, so could be even better than this, which is cloned

Why would you put your watermark on this?

Alan Strutt's picture

I didn't Lightroom did, ask Adobe

Pete Tapang's picture

the floor and wall behind the bride is jacked up lol

While it is annoying, it is part of what we do, we do what we need to get the shoot. A step to the left would have removed the obstacle. And if she couldn't it is completely editable in Photoshop. We are not going to stop people from wanting to capture a beautiful image themselves. It's our job to find a solution to the problem, that is why clients pay thousands of dollars to have their wedding photos done.

Ricardo Consonni's picture

I hope Hannah gives the bride these pictures, and let her know what a fantastic shot was ruined by one of her guests. Smartphone photographers won't ever realize how much they get in the way of a professional photographer - forget it. The best way to handle these situations is the clients themselves asking their friends and guests to keep their phones tucked away.