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Vogue Says You Don’t Need a Wedding Photographer. I Say You Do.



Dear Vogue,

I just read your January 6, 2016 article on “The 10 Wedding Rules to Break.”

Here are the 10 things you think weddings of today can do without:

-Bridal Party
-Something old/Something New
-Being walked down the aisle
-The first dance
-Feeding each other cake
-A fancy honeymoon
-The big reveal
and last but not least…
-Hiring a professional photographer

You write:

It made sense back in the olden days, pre–Facebook albums and Instagram hashtags, when the whole world didn’t have phones with cameras on them. Having the actual leather-bound album on your coffee table seemed like the only evidence that the whole thing actually took place. If social media is not your thing, why not scatter some disposable cameras around the party and let your drunken guests go to town? You’ll end up with hilarious and candid pictures without the pressure of “likes.”

According to the author of the article, these items and traditions are all outdated, old-fashioned and unnecessary. My, how enlightened and quick to eschew the things of yesterday you are. I believe you called them “practically voodoo.” GET THEE BEHIND ME, TRADITIONS!

I especially took note of the need NOT to hire a professional wedding photographer. I admit, that’s a topic near and dear to me, so it caught my eye.

And I wondered, dear Vogue, if a wedding, the day in which two souls commit before God and family and friends their everlasting love; a day which they will celebrate for years to come, the photos of which will be passed down from generation to generation…if THAT day is not deserving of a professional photographer, than certainly a monthly fashion magazine, a magazine that exists to sell advertising and clothing to a world with much greater needs than the newest handbag or designer shoe, certainly doesn’t require one either.

I mean, as the article stated, it’s 2016. You’ve all got iPhones. Get with it, Vogue.

About the author: Missy Mwac is a photography satirist, a lover of bacon, a drinker of vodka, a lover of sparkle, and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can connect with her on Tumblr and Facebook. This article was also published here.