So far we have discussed many wedding photography trends, the unplugged ceremony, the engagement session, the bridal session, the first look. Today we addressing one of the newest and potentially most creatively-challenging wedding photography trends. Anyone who has been to a wedding in the last few years has noticed the big trend in creating a custom wedding hashtag for you and guests to use when posting on social media. We have had several of our brides come up with clever hashtags for their friends and family to use so they could see all the images from their big day in one place. However it can be overwhelming to try and come up with a hashtag that is unique, clever and funny all rolled into one! Here is what a few of our photographer friends say about the hashtag frenzy:
"A hashtag is a must in today’s day and time. Not only for the “fad” of placing signs at the wedding and it being a cute saying, but for documentation. You can search and find so many images from your wedding via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, that would otherwise be hard to track down. However, I feel like people often make the mistake of it not being completely unique, so make sure you search the hashtag on Instagram or Facebook before you use it to make sure your photos don’t categorize with other weddings across the globe." -Mark Williams Studio
"If you’re a social media user, you’ve inevitably seen the catchy and creative hashtags for friend’s weddings… and likely clicked over to see all of the fun! Hashtags let guests share photos from your wedding so that you’re able to see a fun reminder of your wedding day while you patiently wait for your photos to arrive! ;) Plus, as a photographer, I love to share a sneak preview from the wedding, and always share it using the hashtag if it exists. That means your friends who are also patiently waiting get to celebrate with you when one is live! However, if you’re not a social media user, don’t feel like you have to have a hashtag just because “everyone else is doing it!” Do what works for you and prioritize what you care about most!" -Lauren Carnes Photography
"I would say 90% of my couples each year have a hashtag. It can be a great way to corral all of your guest photos into one place, but unfortunately I do think hashtags kind of promote the use of cell phone photos which can be so very distracting to your professional photos and can also prevent your guests (or even friends and family!) from being present during really important parts of the day. While having a funny or witty hashtag is one of the most current trends, I definitely do not think there is a down side to not having a one." -Britt Croft Photography
Image by Mark Williams Studio.