Selfies at Weddings

//Selfies at Weddings

Apparently 300 million pictures are uploaded to Facebook every day. 300 million. Every day. That means that every two minutes we take more photographs than the whole of humanity did in the 1800s. Who knows quite where this is going to lead, but it’s definitely an interesting time for anyone who is involved in telling visual stories. While I’ve been going through this year’s weddings selecting images for my best of 2014 post, I’ve noticed that one of the things that has been really notable this year is the ‘selfie’ phenomenon. Whether it’s brides and grooms doing it just after they’ve said their vows (See Chris and Nina from their wedding at The Tunnels Ilfracombe below) or just guests having fun during the reception, there’s definitely been a noticeable increase in how many times I’ve seen (and captured) it. And I love it. It’s fun – it can provide a great photo opportunity in itself but I think it also shows that people are getting more and more interested in the visual image and more aware of the importance of capturing memories. It also makes documentary wedding photography even stronger – the importance of capturing people as they really are, whatever they’re doing is greater now than ever. So let’s celebrate the selfie :)

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About the Author:

Sam is a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Bristol and working throughout Somerset, the UK and abroad. His background is in documentary film making and he has years of experience of photographing weddings in a discreet and unobtrusive way.

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie December 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Guilty ! We did one on the morning of the wedding and one at the end of the day but they were in our bedroom so you were not there to capture them !
    Those photos all together are great and really show the fun that people have at weddings. They also show that it’s even better when a talented photographer like you is there to observe !

  2. sarah December 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    What I like is the photo of the selfie takers often captures something that they’re trying to capture but in a more natural way somehow! All of the above pics could be cropped to take out the camera or phone and would make really natural shots in themselves!

    • Sam Gibson December 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Yeah I know what you mean Sarah – in fact that’s a much more eloquent way of saying what I was trying to explain above! Want to write my blogs for me?!

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