Have you ever paid a small fortune to get a great seat at a football match only to have the tallest man on earth stand in front of you at the wrong moment (so you miss the match-winning goal?). Not that I’ve got anything against tall people; some of my best friends are tall...
We all like to be able to see what’s going on. Sometimes being able to see is crucial, like when you’re driving a car, sometimes having your view obscured is just annoying, anyone with a partner who wanders into the room and stands in front of the television knows that for sure.
At weddings I pride myself in having almost ninja-like stealth when it comes to subtly getting into the right place at the right time to get the best possible photo of the really important things, like the first kiss, the first dance or the best man drunkenly hitting on a bridesmaid. But sometimes all my efforts are ruined by someone leaping out in front of me to grab their own photo of a magic moment.
Sometimes I find myself wishing my camera could see straight-through your Uncle Fred when he stands in front of me near the altar when the ‘I do’ segment of the service comes along, and I’ve learned to extend my limbs like a superhero to reach above, below or around some of the more colourful wedding guests in their moment of scene-stealing glory, but recently I’ve had a bigger obstacle to content with. The iPad. I LOVE iPads - they’re great for meandering through Facebook or accidentally destroying a virtual farm - but one thing they’re absolutely no good for is taking wonderful wedding photos.
So next time you’re ironing your best trousers in preparation for attending a loved one’s wedding give a thought to the poor soul trying to capture the day for eternity and leave your iPad at home.