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The Most Awkward Wedding Photography Video Ever

The Most Awkward Wedding Photography Video Ever

As photographers, many of us will do the occasional wedding or two to help supplement income and boost our careers. Wedding photography can be one of the most stressful and challenging aspects of photography, but is often considered the most important because of its purpose. However, how do you handle an awkward situation where you're asked to stop photographing all together, in the middle of a ceremony?

In the video posted above, we see the officiant giving his blessings and speaking during a wedding ceremony. Seemingly out of nowhere, he turns around, and aggressively tells the photographer and videographer to stop doing their jobs, and go somewhere else. The worst part of it all however, is the look on the bride and grooms face, as this officiant makes everyone feel uncomfortable in the blink of an eye.

Certainly as wedding photographers, it's important for us to be like ninjas, and do our job as silently and nonobstructive as possible. But what happens when the officiant doesn't want a ninja, but someone nonexistent entirely?


[via SLRLounge]

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Adam Simmons's picture

God is a shared delusion of many, and doesn't exist. Whereas the couple does exist. The wedding is about the church's intrusion into the breeding cycle of earlier man, this is just a ripple in the pond many generations later. Just a left over ritual from the days that religion was the dominant mechanism for controlling the masses. With that said, this event is about the couple, and the officiant is a self-righteous asshole.

Graham Marley's picture

I guess that paragraph should just have people roll up their personally experienced beliefs, and how they manifest those beliefs into their lives, which is their business, because someone just said that. You solved it!

Adam Simmons's picture

I absolutely agree.

Ilze Lucero's picture

whether you believe in God or not, is not ours to judge. The couple chose to have priest, implying that they do want to be joined in prescience of God

Marco's picture

I've been an assistant of a wedding photographer for many years... that happens more often than you can imagine. A wedding is a solemn cerimony, but it is right to shoot it since it is so important. I think that photographers should be a little more discrete and priests a LOT more tolerant.

Patrick F Smith's picture

I do hope that this goes viral and his ass-holeness nevers books a wedding job again. Arrogant church guy.

guismo37's picture

I already back this video up in case this is one of those videos that will get deleted just because intentionally provoques hate between people.

Nikon4Life's picture

good stuff!!

EndlessRed Productions's picture

The photographers are being PAID to capture this. I was shooting a wedding on Sunday. I was rushing to a spot to get shots when one of the guests told me to slow down and stop being in the way. I looked at him and said, "I'm getting paid to be here and do this", then moved on. People need to realize that it's our job to immortalize that day. Guy was a jerk...

bmarkos's picture

Photographers do get paid and as such don't you think that part of their job is not to be noticed, not to get in the way, the spotlight should never be on the wedding photographer.

EndlessRed Productions's picture

Oh yes, definitely! I that the photographer(s) should basically be invisible. I do however believe that people can't get mad for someone doing their job. That's what I meant. Apologies for not being clear.

Robert Pilla's picture

Wow, you are an asshole! You are paid to be wallpaper. A wedding photographer should never be seen or heard. EVER. You are an outside attending an event. You are there as a guest and you should act accordingly. Causing enough of a ruckus during the ceremony that someone took notice and deliberately mentioned it to you is signs of your disrespect for everyone in the room. be the wall papper. Live the wallpaper.

stefano druetta's picture

problem is when you have to use your elbows thru a crowd of friends and relatives to find the place where you can actually take a good picture of the celebration without being noticed.
otherwise explain this sh*t:

EndlessRed Productions's picture

Whoa now, no need to flip, hahaha. I agree 100%. Never said I didn't. let's chill now, yo. I apologized for the person for rushing past them. You don't know the whole scenario either.

Minh's picture

This is why I always speak with them prior to the ceremony and make sure their comfort level with the photography. The priest could have handled it better, it did not have to be that awkward. I dread what the couple was thinking.

Nikon4Life's picture

Wow, That is really unprofessional as a Priest to do during the ceremony... Usually the priest advises us photographers or videographers to not capture the ceremony ahead of time or the couple would notify that the priest does not want this...

bmarkos's picture

Also, usually photographers know to ask the priest ahead of time. We don't know what might have also happened before this, for instance he may have already asked them not to be intrusive or even asked them not to photograph during the ceremony.

Nikon4Life's picture

Yes you are absolutely right, but from listening into the convo, it does not seem that he had warned the photo & video guys to prior the ceromony... it's clear that the photo & video had asked where are we to go and if you want me to leave i will leave...

Sean's picture

As a wedding photographer myself, my 1st priority upon arrival at the ceremony location is to seek out the person performing ceremony, introduce myself as the photographer and ask what my boundaries are.

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Ed Hafizov's picture

I do crazy weddings and some daring photography, and I am more spiritual than religious but I feel for the priest. In the ninja/paparazzi pursuit of awesomeness and "nailing it" we lost the essence of the ceremony. Be honest--we, including most clients, think it's just an attribute, a have-to, and we have the contractual right to handle it as WE see technically and artistically fit. If it happened to me, I would sincerely apologize, asked to kindly give me 5 minutes to set up, and moved away. This is why we have zoom lenses, for heaven's sake!

JoelBoucher's picture

There is a simple solution. Speak with the officiant before the ceremony begins. Ask if it is ok, where you can / cannot go. And what would not make them comfortable. Easy questions to keep them comfortable with your being there to capture the ceremony for the couple. And that ceremony isn't about God it's about that shocked bride and groom. His behavior was uncalled for nonetheless.

Felipe Manga's picture

We don't really know if the behaviour was uncalled for. For all we know, it could've been the 10th time the priest complained and the other 9 were nice and polite. Besides, using burst that close to someone during a cerimony really is annoying.

christian lacasse's picture

At least the officiant will have to God to listen to him when he whips himself to tears every night, for being an intolerant bastard who ruined this couple's important moment with his EGO :p

Tim Shahady's picture

In all fairness, the photographer and videographer could have asked the officiant where they can and cannot be for his service.

christian lacasse's picture

Photographers should always talk to the officiant before the ceremony, to verify the comfort level about technology vs solemnity... no? Was the camera like 3 feet behind the guy?

Atlanta Owner's picture

They were too close, but that poofy preacher would have lost a few teeth if I had been the groom (or the bride!).

Ali Rasoul's picture

I would slap him in his face he cant kill my dream , Ru Dumb!!

Richard Neal's picture

There's a lot of assumptions being made as to who is to blame and that there was no prior communication. I'd like to hear from the couple or the photographer and get the full story.
Either way though, it was handled very badly.

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