Who doesn’t want to save some of the money budgeted for an event while at the same time creating an opportunity to involve a friend or family member that might have otherwise felt “left out” of your event?
Some of my favorite memories from my wedding were not captured by my photographer, but by friends and family at the event. While I can’t over-express the importance of a professional photographer for capturing the special moments of the event, they can’t be everywhere at all times of an event.
While this tends to happen primarily at weddings; I have seen the use of disposable cameras for guests to take “casual” photos from the point of view of the guest at all types of gatherings.
All to often when I see cameras at an event, they have been left in the middle of the tables for guest to use at the party, and hopefully left behind for the host to get developed. Sadly, this usually is not a productive practice! All too often, the pictures taken are by kids that get ahold of the camera, and snap the shutter as fast as it will go. There also tends to be a large percentage of cameras that are either lost or damaged.
Of those that get back into the hands of the host and are taken in for development, an exceptionally high percentage of the pictures taken are not useable for any type of memory.
It’s the “proper” use of a disposable camera that can save money and friendships!
Here’s my advice on using this tool in creating lasting memories, and strengthening friendships: DO NOT leave cameras on tables for the guests!
To use a typical wedding as an example, the majority of bride and grooms have more friends in their circle than is reasonable to have in a bridal party as a bridesmaid or groomsman. Take the opportunity to ask one of those friends that is not in the bridal party if they would be willing to be responsible for one of the cameras. By giving the camera to a specific individual and asking them to take some photos, that friend will help the bride remember the wedding from their point of view. Involving a friend will also accomplish a few things:
1. The friend will feel as if they are a special part of the day instead of one of those “left out” of the bridal party.
2. The person with the camera will make a conscious effort to take good pictures at the event.
3.The camera will be accounted for and will not be as likely to get lost or damaged.
4. The cost of developing will not be any less, however, the cost per usable photo will drop dramatically.
While a friend with a camera isn’t a substitute for a seasoned photographic professional, it can make a difference in the friendship by allowing it to grow stronger.