I just read a piece by Vogue entitled The 10 Wedding “Rules” to Break by writer Molly Guy and am totally shocked that a brand like Vogue would stand behind this! Among the 10 “Rules” are a few things that I do actually agree with, although I may not agree with her degrading tone. Nothing saps the creativity from a wedding like going along with a tradition just because it matters to, well, who? If it doesn’t matter to you, don’t do it. If it does, do it! Here’s what she had to say about hiring a professional photographer:
Hiring a Professional Photographer
It made sense back in the olden days, pre–Facebook albums and Instagram hashtags, when the whole world didn’t have phones with cameras on them. Having the actual leather-bound album on your coffee table seemed like the only evidence that the whole thing actually took place. If social media is not your thing, why not scatter some disposable cameras around the party and let your drunken guests go to town? You’ll end up with hilarious and candid pictures without the pressure of “likes.”
I have a few issues with this and not only because I am a wedding photographer. First of all, she should check her facts. My parents didn’t have a wedding photographer and that was the status quo. Professional wedding photography is a relatively new thing. Second, the author has a blog…about weddings! And a shop within the blog where you can buy the very thing she says to toss to the wind, a 10 ft veil for a mere $1200. I’d like to ask her where she gets the content for her blog because the wedding photos certainly look very professional to me. I’d also like to see Vogue put out a magazine with all the photos taken by Mario Testino’s drunk friend.
In all seriousness, if this becomes a trend, thats fine. Because people will quickly realize how much value they hold in professional wedding photography and that, in turn, will ensure longevity in the career choice for me and many of my friends.
The take home message? Don’t believe everything you read. And don’t worry too much about whats en vogue.
What wedding traditions do you want to toss? Let me know in the comments!