SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Police Department will soon be selling wedding photographer certificates that allow anyone to document their wedding with the help of a smartphone.
The department has partnered with the San Antonio Photographers Association, which has been collecting signatures for the first wave of certificates, said police spokesman Officer Steve Smith.
The group says its program will allow wedding photographers to document the festivities with a simple smartphone, but Smith said it has not yet submitted the paperwork.
The program is meant to be a quick way for couples to document a wedding without spending months preparing their plans.
The San Antonio Association of Photographers, which works to help photographers take better photos of weddings, says it has received more than 100,000 wedding certificates, of which approximately 25,000 have been sent to agencies.
It also says it plans to submit those certificates to the Department of Public Safety for review.
The department declined to say how many of the certificates have been received.
The agency’s website is a mix of photojournalism and wedding photography.
Its website includes tips on what to look for in a photo, tips on where to find an officiant, tips for photographers in the city and tips on how to set up a wedding party.
The website says there are a variety of ways to capture weddings, including by video and audio recording.
The website also has photos of the weddings themselves.
“This program is geared toward the wedding photographer,” said Jennifer Smith, the association’s president.
“We think that’s a good thing.”
The San Francisco-based association says the program is a step in the right direction and hopes to get more signatures.
“We believe that this is the beginning of a long-term partnership between the San Francisco Police Department and the San Antonio Photographers association,” Smith said.
The association said it will also begin accepting wedding photos as part of a photojournalistic campaign to highlight the value of wedding photography, which it says is a labor-intensive, time-consuming process.
The association also is working with wedding photographers on a website and social media sites.
Smith said the department would not sell the certificates to agencies that would be required to provide wedding photos for the department.
The San Antonsa Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.