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To phone or not to phone…

To phone or not to phone…

…that is the question. In other words: Should modern technology be in the picture at your wedding ceremony and self-appointed paparazzis take over? Or should everyone unplug for an hour and fully enjoy the experience? As for me, I am not saying that you should enforce a no phone policy for the entire celebration but I always point out a few factors that should be considered.

Here I list 5 pieces of advice from a wedding photographer`s point of view:


In terms of photography, the wedding ceremony is a crucial part of the celebration. Everything happens quite quickly. The photographer has to be spot on to document every moment. A phone-free ceremony provides clear shots and the photographer won’t have to struggle finding a new angle because somebody just held up their phone to take a photo.


The couple can actually see all the beautiful faces instead of phones and share the feelings with their wedding guests. No one is busy posting the 100th poorly filtered shot on social media. Instead, everyone can be fully present and celebrate love, soaking up those special wedding moments, not just watching the vows through a screen.


Eliminating phones and cameras is more visually appealing too. Guests are not blocking their own faces and no extended arms and screens are obstructing the professional photos.


You should also go for a technology free wedding if you don’t want your hashtag obsessed friends to post on social media without your consent before the professional shots are ready to share. Some couples are very private about their life and some are eager to share their new relationship status. And isn’t it more eye-catching when your big official post is accompanied by a beautiful professional photo? And although it takes weeks to process a full series of wedding photos, you can always ask your photographer for a few sneak peek shots for you to share.


However, you should consider restricting the use of cell phones and cameras only for the ceremony, and not for the entire celebration. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves, sharing the joy of meeting old friends and family members. No one wants them to feel weird about taking a selfie or recording a few cool dance moves. But guests should remain respectful and mindful of the professional photographers who are trying to do their job.

Leave the selfies after the wedding ceremony and enjoy the celebration.

If you’ve decided to keep gadgets away on your wedding day, simply ask the attendees beforehand in writing, or in person to leave photo documenting to the professional you’ve hired and put their apparatus away until after the ceremony. If you want to lower the risk of them forgetting your request, put out a sign to spread the word and ask your celebrant or officiant to kindly mention it before the ceremony starts. Creative wording always helps in actually receiving the message and respecting your wishes to be more engaged in your wedding day.

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Top 5 tips to feel natural in front of…

Top 5 tips to feel natural in front of the camera on your wedding day

As a wedding photographer I have met some of the most amazing couples over the past five years. During this time I figured, some of them found it difficult to imagine that they would enjoy their special day while someone is constantly watching them through a lens. And I absolutely get that. In order to capture your real personality and love story naturally, you need to feel comfortable with your professional wedding photographer.

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Let your personality shine through.

Nobody wants to feel awkward on their wedding day, so here are my top 5 tips to ensure you enjoy it:

1, Meet your photographer prior to the wedding.

I know you’ve heard this before but honestly, the photographer will be the one person who accompanies you throughout the day. I will be there sharing the excitement of getting ready, witnessing your vows and epic dance offs with grandma. Meeting in person gives you the opportunity to get to know each other. To see if you have a connection. Also, you may ask questions  about the process or ask for tips, such as scheduling your ceremony for the best photo outcomes. 

2, Ask for a pre-wedding photo shoot.

Whether it is an engagement or just a couple photo session a few weeks before the wedding. This experience will make you feel more comfortable on the wedding day. Therefore, I always combine a face-to-face meeting with a free mini photo session either in the city of Melbourne, Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges. This is the best way to get a taste of how I capture your love for each other without the posey stuff. After looking at your processed photos you can then decide whether to go ahead and book me as your wedding photographer. Read more about this here, at the bottom of the page.

3, Aim for comfort.

Don`t get me wrong, I know you won’t want to get married in your PJ`s, but please think about how much you want to sacrifice for beauty. Think about the long hours you will spend in a stunning but heavy, layered, thick gown on a hot summer day. If you aim for a gorgeous dress that is light and airy but still represents you and your style, you will feel more comfortable moving around to create natural shots.

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Style and comfort can go hand in hand.

4, Always have a Plan B.

The weather in Victoria can be unpredictable. You might get rain even on a hot summer day, so be prepared to have your photos taken indoors. This helps to eliminate any stress or worry. It’s always a good idea to involve your photographer in the planning of the day. They might just have the right advice for you.

5, Enjoy the day and have fun.

Everything that need to be organised has been done. Your day will be an exceptional representation of who you are as a loving couple. So try not to worry too much on the day and enjoy it while it lasts. It flies by so quickly. Soak up the moment of how happy you are to be married to your one true love. Luckily you will have amazing photos that capture your genuine emotions and and help you relive your special day.

If you want to experience a relaxed and fun photo shoot and see how comfortable I can make you feel, then please contact me here or send me an email to hello@younaturally.com.au. I am excited to hear from you.