With regards amateur photographers at weddings, a popular trend these days is to give out small disposable cameras to each of your guests. Disposables will allow you to see the wedding, literally, from all angles, and you will be surprised at the quality of some of the images you will get back and at certain guests eye for detail. You can expect to pay between £5 and £10 including film processing for each camera, and a number of suppliers will be able to offer colour co-ordinated cameras to match with you theme.
If using disposable cameras is something that interests you, one option is to have your Ushers hand them out to your guests at a suitable point during the day (before the Service normally, although make sure that they don’t break any rules about how and when they can use them!) or alternatively have them placed on each table at the Reception as a centrepiece or form of favour.
A cheaper alternative (or accompaniment) to using disposable cameras is to simply ask for copies of photos that guests have taken on their own digital cameras. You will find that loads of your guests will be snapping away regardless all day on their very own equipment, many of them capturing shots from angles and locations you hadn't even considered! We'd be stunned if any of your guests would be reluctant to send you a copy of the days images on CD, and this can certainly help you to save a few quid along the way. Whilst it may not be wise to rely on this as your sole source of wedding photography, this method can certainly help to add some flair and individualtity to your wedding snaps.
To summarise, if you want to find out what it is like to be famous with hordes of paparazzi snapping your every movement but at the same time have more photographs to choose from than you’ve had hot dinners, then ‘budding amateurs’ in one form or another may well be worth considering.
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