A wedding photographer has implored guests to put down their phones and let professionals capture photos of the couple's special day.
In a post to her Facebook page, Hannah Mbalenhle Stanely shared a snap from a recent ceremony which was ruined by a guest's iPhone.
"To the girl with the iPhone," she writes. "Not only did you ruin my shot, but you took this moment away from the groom, father of the bride, and the bride.
"What exactly do you plan on doing with that photo?" she continues. "Honestly. Are you going to print it out? Save it? Look at it everyday?"
No, she says. You're not.
"My bride would have printed this photo, looked at it often and reminisced over this moment as her dad walked her down the aisle on her wedding day," Ms Stanley writes. "But instead, you wanted to take a photo with your phone, blocking my view, and taking a photo that you will not use."
The photographer then issues a plea to wedding guests on behalf of wedding photographers everywhere.
"Guests, please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen but instead turn OFF your phone, and enjoy the ceremony. You are important to the bride and groom, you would not be attending the wedding otherwise. So please, let me do my job, and you just sit back, relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime moment. "
Today’s thoughts - I’m still not over these crazy colorful blooms. I’m stoked for all the wedding signage on my agenda the next few weeks. I’m publishing that paper goods blog post THIS week, pinky promise. The rain this morning feels like fall and I’m digging it. How is July basically half way over?
But viewing special events through a screen might not just ruin someone else's shot - it could impact our memory of the event, too.
Writing for The Conversation, Professor of Psychology Giuliana Mazzoni notes, "Nowadays we tend to commit very little to memory – we entrust a huge amount to the cloud ... Even the most personal events are generally recorded on our cellphones. Rather than remembering what we ate at someone's wedding, we scroll back to look at all the images we took of the food."
And this, Professor Mazzoni says, has consequences.
"Taking photos of an event rather than being immersed in it has been shown to lead to poorer recall of the actual event – we get distracted in the process."