Uh oh. Pastor Blasts Photographer During Wedding Ceremony

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If you said, “Uh oh” when the Pastor turned around…. you were right.

Angry pastor warning photographers.

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“This is not about the photography.  This is about God.”  That's how a pastor BLASTED a photographer and videographer in a scene recorded on this Youtube Video.  Right in the middle of the vows, the pastor whips around to chastise the photographer whose DSLR shutter sound had apparently annoyed the pastor.

Few details are known of the story behind this unfortunate occurrence and we don't know the back story here, but two things are certain: (1) All this bride and groom will remember of their all-important, life-changing vows is that their Pastor lost his temper–making a tiny annoyance into a massively embarrassing scene.  Did you see the bride and groom's faces?  (2) Photographers should always, always speak with both the couple and the officiator before the wedding ceremony to understand proper etiquette for that particular ceremony.

What are your thoughts?  Was the pastor right?  Was he justified?  Was the photographer right?  Was this simply a miscommunication?  Should photographers carry bodies with electronic shutters while photographing certain ceremonies?  What about the couple?


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  1. When shooting a wedding, my goal is to stay as discreet as possible. Long lenses can help. When in need of a shot that places me in the center of the action, I don’t linger. I certainly wouldn’t get right up in the alter.

    At the first word from the pastor’s mouth, the photographers should have left. No debate, no argument. For the couple’s sake. All they did was prolong the embarrassment. They should have discussed things with the pastor beforehand.

    1. Hi Nick,

      I am the photographer, I did discussed the Minister before, I knew what were the ground rule, he did not mention anything about not going behind the alter, I will post a photo of the setting, so you can figure out. Also, I was I using 70-200 lens.

    1. MT,

      No, photographers are not always right, we make mistakes too. Before the ceremony I went up to him and introduce myself. Hello, I am the photographer. I asked him “Is there any rules or restrictions, where I should be and where I shouldn’t be”. He told me “DO NOT COME IN THE AISLE” YOU CAN BE ANYWHERE ELSE, I DON’T CARE”. I said okay great!

  2. WOW. That is a tad over the top for the pastor. I’d bet this isn’t his first wedding ceremony with photographers, so, there has to be more to this story than those 0:41. Either that, or he’s just really grumpy.

    1. Hi Kevin,

      After the ceremony, I asked him – why did you snapped like that? He replied “you guys always do this to me” and I said what you mean you guys? He replied “You photo and videographers” then I said but this is the first time I am working with you and hopefully last time.

  3. I’ve only shot two weddings but I always went to the practice dinners… Where the priest/pastor always was! And I always made sure I chatted with him. My first wedding I was lucky to work with an awesome guy who had worked with many photographers before… so he directed me well, told me where to go for what, etc. My second wedding was very very religious (similar to this guy!) and he was way more strict on where I should go/be during certain parts of the ceremony… So yes, I agree, ALWAYS chat with both parties! But I have to say… I think this guy was a little out of line.

    1. Yes, I agree. I have had really lenient, easy to work with pastors/priests, and a few strict ones. At the most recent wedding I did, the priest was fine with me being in the centre aisle, but didn’t want me past the first two pews. However, another guy from the congregation started taking photos and went right up to the front and the priest did sometime very similar to this and told him to go sit down. How embarrassing. Apparently he had actually stopped other ceremonies before too. I was really happy I talked with him beforehand so I knew where I could/could not go. Wow.

  4. You’re right, everything to do with the ceremony should be agreed upon in advance. The pastor was more of a distraction then the photographer/videographer. HOWEVER, from the apparent location of the videographer in the last couple seconds of the clip, it seems like a more unobtrusive location and a longer focal length would have been in order.

  5. Wow. if it were my wedding, I would likely find another church after that tantrum. Reverend Richard Cranium was presiding over that ceremony.

  6. Obviously a photographer and videographer are hired by the bride and groom and I think this Man of the Cloth was out of line creating this scene. God was indeed a part of the ceremony, but it was about the couple being married! If I were the bride, I would be jittering and near tears, Im sure. How many of these joyous ceremonies has he performed where the bride and groom do NOT record the event? Ive never thought about something such as this happening and of course, the advice to communicate with the couple and others involved about placement and expectations is appropriate and may save the day!

  7. I think it was probably a case of the straw that broke the camels back. More and more, weddings are being overrun by zealous photographers eager to get the perfect shot. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen the photographer right smack dab in the middle of the ceremony with no regard for the privacy and sanctity of the moment. Instead of focusing on the bride and groom and their beautiful commitment, I am focusing on the annoying photographer and how I wish I could see the wedding and not his back!

    1. Debbie,

      I‘ve done many weddings as a photographer, I’ve also been to weddings as a guest. So I know some amateur photographer can be distracted to the guest. When I started, I was jumping around too. But over the years with lots of wedding experiences – I am well aware of, where to be and where not to be. This particular wedding had a large wedding party nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen – including the minister and couple there were 21 people standing in front of the guest. Also, the place had little slope. So I wasn’t being disturbing at all.

  8. USUALLY outdoor weddings are laid back. I ALWAYS talk with the officiant before the ceremony and ask what the rules are during the ceremony. I always chat it up a bit with the officiant and get to know them. We are all on the same team.

    As soon as the pastor said “please leave” the photographer/videographer should have moved.

    Concerning the couple, it is out of their hands at this point. Any intervention could have resulted in an escalation and the pastor actually leaving.

  9. I agree. It’s a moment that should be taken very seriously and no shutter noise, distractions, or arguing should be a problem. The pastor was right. It was a moment between God, bride, groom, and the pastor and the photographer should have been standing back. That’s why they have MANY different lense for things like this.

  10. I have never shot a wedding before as the photographer but i have done wedding as the DJ for the whole event. I agree with Kevin that the pastor was a little over the top but without knowing the back story it’s hard to so whom was right or wrong. The ones who suffered the most in this was the bride and groom.

  11. You can not judge the pastor being out of line with this short snippet. The photographer/ videographer could have been a real jerk and needed to be called out for being inrtusive.

    I have no compassion for the photographer here.. Be professional and talk with the officiant BEFORE the ceremony.

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      @Ed – Good point. As I mentioned, we have no idea what the back story is here. I looked for details but could find none. The photographers may be justified, the couple may be justified, and the pastor may be justified depending on the circumstances. I’d like to figure out where this came from and get more of the story.

    2. @Ed…I have to ask how you can say you can’t judge the pastor from such a short clip, yet you can judge the photographer. As you said, it is a short clip, and you know nothing of the background. You have no idea whether or not the photographer spoke with the pastor BEFORE the ceremony or not. So just as you can’t judge the pastor, you should not judge the photographer.

      I think that no matter the circumstances or background, BOTH could have handled this a bit better.

      1. I find that judgement easy to make. It’s not the pastor’s job to be out of the way – it’s the pastor’s job to preside over the ceremony. It IS part of the photographer’s job to be in the background recording the event and not a conscious part of the action.

        One of the two clearly failed — it wasn’t the pastor.

        I couldn’t agree more that a pre-ceremony huddle is the obvious missing element and they both share some responsibility for that lack of clarity.

        1. @ Don…You’re straddling the fence it seems Don. You first say that the Pastor did not fail, but the say he has some responsibility. Can’t have it both ways.

          It’s very easy to see that they both made mistakes. But to say that the Pastor did not fail is simply wrong. Is it the Pastors job to blow up like that? It is his job to make a bad situation worse? Is it his job to threaten to stop the ceremony? The answer to each is no, so the Pastor clearly failed in this fiasco as well.

      2. It is easy to judge the photographer. If the photographer just moved on.. Situation over. In my opinion, the photographer acted unprofessionally. Maybe the photographer apologizes and moves like requested.. GEEZE….. Kinda makes sense to me.

        I got scolded by a venue manager for moving a stupid table.. I apologized and moved the table back. Now had I taken a road like this photographer, I am sure the situation would have escalated.

  12. If you’re going to be compassionate toward anybody, be compassionate toward the bride and groom. The pastor could have endured the annoyance for their sake and spoken with the photographer after the ceremony. At the point he turned and said “I’ll stop the ceremony if you do not leave” he made it about HIMSELF – not God, not the bride and groom. I doubt that any noises from the camera made God feel less honored. He created the universe! Give him some credit. Having said all that, yes, I believe that the photographer should have spoken with the pastor, as well as, the bride and groom so they were all on the same page.

  13. For the photographers, i think they deserve that beating. Had they have done their homework first,this embarassment could have been avoided.

    For the pastor, being a Man of God, he shouldn’t have lost his temper and waited for the ceremony to finish. I can imagine how the couple felt that time, one of the most important event in their lives ruined.

  14. My husband is a pastor, my father is pastor. Even my mother is an ordained minister who has done weddings! I have photographed only one wedding, but you could say my perspective is unique.

    I have been to weddings where the only thing people could see was the photographer who constantly chose very distracting places to be, including in between the couple and their attendants or focusing over the bride or groom’s shoulder.

    You can get lovely shots while respecting what is happening. The goal is the wedding, with photos capturing it. The goal is not a lovely spread of photos, for which we will orchestrate our day.

    In my opinion, a good photographer is nearly invisible during the ceremony.

    Some couples want something different – I must agree, talk it through. I would suggest bringing up this matter with the couple. “I can get you great photos, but with these positions, I can get you AMAZING photos.”

    Encourage them to talk with their pastor ahead of time. This will allow them a chance to communicate preferences and convictions. It will also allow them time to find a new officiant, if this is critical to them.

    The priest/pastor here did certainly create a very awkward scene, but I do wonder what he was responding to. Interesting post!

  15. Most churches/synagogues have rules or standards that they like the photographer/video crew to follow. It’s easy to just ask before hand and they will tell you.

    This pastor should have waited to express himself since he did not do so before the ceremony.

  16. All I can say is, no matter WHO was right or wrong…The pastor could have waited till the end, then pulled the photographer aside and made some points. He did not have enough patience and consideration for the bride and Groom. He was also wrong. A pastor knows that there are photographers shooting weddings. If the photographer didn’t approach the pastor, then the pastor should have approached the photographer. Both need to be held accountable! In this, I am sure that both parties are to blame, no matter WHAT % each carries.

  17. The pastor was way out of line. It was he, and not the photographers, who caused a scene. In so doing, he made the ceremony not about “God” or heaven forfend the couple, aka his clients who were paying him to perform a service with professionalism, but about him.

    Ultimately, though, this is the couple’s fault. For hiring a “Pastor” incapable of controlling his self-righteousness, even at the expense of their wedding memories.

  18. All things being equal it should be cleared with the pastor first. Since that didn’t happen the minister had NO GOOD REASON to threaten to stop the service. It is the couples day. Clearly, this was not about God. It was about him. He singe handily ruined this couples special day and as an employee of the couple he should not be paid. I once attended a wedding for a cousin and since I am a photographer, but not THE photographer, I took dozens of pictures including the ring getting caught on the brides dress. After the service THE photographer came to me and asked how I did that (take pictures). I still find it is easier to apologize then ask permission.

  19. as A photographer, I work for the Bride and Groom..not a self-rightious pastor…It was an outside wedding. Now if I’m shooting a wedding inside a church I would ask for any rules the church has about photography. Beyound that I could care less what a pastor thinks…

  20. From the limited information in the clip this should have been over very quickly when the pastor asked the photographer and video team to leave. At that point things get worse because the two groups have different agendas.

    At this time in the ceremony, the control belongs to the pastor and the photo crew should respect that. If this was during a different point and the pastor got in the way of a good shoot, the the photo team would be in control and have the same right to ask him to move.

    Lastly it is the responsibility of the photo team to get with the pastor and others to ensure that they know the ends and outs of things, as many have said here.

    At the end of the day, the couple will eventually find this funny and be an anecdote about their wedding. However, no matter what people think about who is at fault, the person most hurt by this at the professional level is the photographer, as that is where people will see comments and ask for names.

    I doubt that many people will say “stay away from that pastor, he does not like photographers”. That is why at the end of the day, if you want to succeed as a wedding photographer, you must look at this entire scenario as the fault of the photographer for not doing the work up front.

  21. I think standing right behind the pastor during the ceremony is not necessary, but it was a good shot… that said – it should have been a quick shot and then gone. Although most religious ceremonies don’t allow that perspective. Communicating before hand is key. Beside, who wants to look back on their wedding video (you can see the camera setup dead center) with the bride, groom, pastor, and the entourage behind him during your vows? As a photographer you should be discrete, not paparazzi. The purpose is to capture intimate moments while they’re happening, not make yourself a part of the event – and you want to keep the equipment out of the shots as much as possible. As others have said, there are different angles and different lenses for this purpose. You can hear the shutter on high speed right before he turned around. I think he might have been less annoyed had it been selected pictures, but to just be up there holding the shutter button down like they’re doing a sporting event or fashion shoot wasn’t necessary. I can understand why he turned around to ask them to leave – it was distracting. However, he didn’t have go on to say that he was going to leave, etc. At that point, when he turned around they should have (silently) apologetically left, and that was the end of it. I feel bad for the bride and groom, they looked mortified – what a thing to remember from the day!

  22. I can’t say that I blame the pastor here. The ceremony is THE event here. It is more important to allow the event than to ruin it by placing cameras front and center to the assembly. Never place a camera in the middle of the altar where is becomes the centerpiece. Try to be unobtrusive for everyone’s sake.

  23. so, no one sneezes, coughs, laughs or cries during a ceremony? Those darn shutters are such a distracting thing…..What if that shot was the one to die for? skip it? This is just beyond me, sorry.

  24. I think the pastor was a bit ridculous, seems like it was his first wedding. Maybe he has something against photographers.

  25. A pastor is to be an example… fine example he just set! If he had a problem with it, wait until AFTER the ceremony and speak to the photog, making a scene is just tacky and very un-christian like… what a joke. I’d never listen to a jerk like that again. Every last shred of credibility he had would be GONE!

  26. I am a minister and have officiated at almost 60 weddings in just under 11 years. The key is indeed, COMMUNICATION. I encourage photographers/videographers to attend the rehearsal so that together, we can block out the best spots to take pictures/videos for maximum value to the couple. Most times when we do that, we function as a team and the service flows smoothly, with the photographer being as discreet as possible; the couple is usually thrilled with how things go then, and no-one’s feathers get ruffled.

    Obviously, not knowing any of the backstory behind the pastor’s outburst does not allow us to make judgments, but I can share this: I know some ministers who have had so many weddings turned into circuses for one reason or another (not solely the fault of photographers, just so we’re clear) that they have actually refused to perform anymore weddings! We generally WANT this day to be the happiest it can be for the couple; we have been hired to not only represent God, but to bring our professionalism to the ceremony. Having people get in the way or be rude while we’re working is an interference to OUR JOB. We take these things seriously and we expect some degree of courtesy while we’re working. Suppose some goofball decides to photobomb all the wedding pictures a photographer is taking after the ceremony? Eventually, you’d lose your cool and probably explode – that’s simple human nature. So please don’t judge the pastor too harshly: he’s undoubtedly gone through this numerous times already and he probably unloaded all his frustration at the wrong time.

    I personally experienced a videographer who was so arrogant and obnoxious before and during a wedding that I honestly did want to stop the wedding. He refused to co-operate, acted like his work was more important than mine, yelled at me, stationed his equipment in highly-visible areas that interfered with movements throughout the ceremony, used high-level lighting that made it difficult to see, intruded into the ceremony… his behaviour made it VERY difficult for me to concentrate on MY JOB and ensure that I gave my absolute best to the couple, which is what they were paying me for. I still don’t know HOW I managed to not turn around and yell at that jerk, so I can completely empathize with the pastor in the video.

    Communication is key: Rule #1.

  27. The pastor and the photographer were out of line there. They both probably cost the couple a valuable moment in their wedding. It seems the pastor just flipped at the sound of a shutter. The videographer is a casualty in this. He didn’t disturbed anyone. And while the pastor might perform future weddings, the photographer and videographer might not get future business because of this incident. But the bottom line is the photographer should’ve consulted the pastor beforehand to learn the limits.

  28. I agree with Rev. Bob. I was married back in ’84 before the current onslaught of media. The Lutheran minister, a good friend of mine, made it clear we had chosen to have a religious ceremony and that that needed to be respected. He was not happy about my dad wanting to video the proceedings, but eventually allowed a camera in the choir loft. I was ok with all of that because it had been explained beforehand and made sense. My photographer was informed of restrictions and complied beautifully.

    Since then, I have been appalled at what I’ve seen at some weddings (I’m also a church musician) and I appreciate that this is, first and foremost, supposed to be a religious commitment – everything else should be in support of that. A good photographer needs to be able to work with the couple, the parents and the minister and be as unobtrusive as possible. Let the couple enjoy immersing themselves in this special moment – they will be happy the photog worked for them instead of taking over.

    The minister? Who knows. Not his best moment.

  29. As a former pastor – and a photographer – I think the pastor was out of line. I always spoke with photographers before the service to make sure that basic guidelines were clear and what would be allowed/not allowed. Even if a photographer broke the previously stated rules, the time to speak with the photographer is after the service, not during.

  30. I think that both were a little off. The Pastor should have sucked it up. And the photographer should’ve left as soon as the pastor said something. My guess is the couple and the photographer had discussed where they wanted the video done from and the photos. Yes, they should’ve discussed it with the pastor but when they didn’t he should’ve waited until after the ceremony to chastise the photographer.

  31. I too have a unique perspective. I’m a pastor that does weddings not only as the officiant but as a photographer, sound tech and a musician. I was going to say that I think the photographer and videographer were somewhere he had told them not to be. But with the response of “where do you want us to go?” it’s clear it was not discussed. After reading all of these posts I think we all agree talk to the bride and groom AS WELL AS THE PASTOR. I personally don’t care where the bride and groom want pictures taken from I have had photos shot from over my shoulder much like in this video. Although I thought it odd, it’s what they wanted. I too have taken a few shots from there. (and moved on). all parties were in error. They should have moved on, quickly and quietly and he should not have lost his cool. I would have leaned in closer, and quietly told them to move… now! Or I might have even asked the B and G if they asked them to shoot from there. if that was the case, then shoot away. (you should have talked to me first, but it is what it is) could have been handled better by all.

    1. I don’t know now. at the very end of this when the photographer leaves you can clearly see a stool I believe they were using. He really wants to be in control of everything. Like that’s going to happen. Talk people talk before hand. This goes for pastors and photographers. I let people know what I expect and they let me know what they would like to do.

  32. Neither the continuous shooting photographer or the pastor handled this situation correctly. Yes, the ceramony is about God and the couple uniting, but truly right in the middle of vows…the bride nor groom will erase that which will be etched in memory for a long time. I don’t do continuous shooting in weddings during ceremony for just this reason.

  33. I feel bad for the bride and groom for this outburst in the middle of the ceremony. You can see the frustration and confused looks on their faces as if to say what do we do now?First I agree it should have been spoken about prior to the wedding engagement ,portraits,places, areas where any photographer /videographer( you )can be. where it (cameras etc)could be hidden on /off with you with a remote during the precious ceremony although I do feel the pastor went a bit overboard. 1 on what if it was already pre arranged thing he did have every right to.I have had a few small experiences .But I’ve alwaya checked with church rules officials and bride and grooms to find out first “THE RULES” It appears the paster called them out first maybe a little bit too overboard .bought if they were already free announce not to be with a camera/video then they were WRONG and he basically just pointing out unfortunately it kind of ruins the poor bride and grooms ceremony MEMORABLE day of such a wonderful day that should be shared forever in good terms I believe that the wedding or if the marriage last this will be something that they will probably laugh at yours from now I certainly would learn all we as photographer’sand videographers we need to get together with the pastors but with the wedding parties on times places all items that need to be factored in and up before being photographed meaning things to the couple would like memories need of whether the video for portraiture I’m just basically starting out but I have done a few in the past and I’ve always gone to the pastor and to the Odd Couple being married and got very good um for benches back on where when why how I also have to move fast in were to text someone with shop all as I get older you need to be more than one or two shooters free would be wonderful because then you could have a videographer at the front looking down Astro um you could have a photographer closer to ceremony area one on either side of your needs somebody else they exit and going to the greeting party area you need one for women exit the church itself and then use course you have the reception with charger I am most receptions you’re pretty free to go and shoot to remember whatever at the ceremony I don’t forget to get the DJ the food on the table on the table decor prior to people getting there um I’m not waiting on you get the full Effect of the whole ceremony in my work and you know and my opinion um I really enjoy doing that all weddings I think I’m straight home it is it’s a great way to get exposed to. But I also enjoy doing family portraits babies Pets, things like that to senior photos on so haven’t quite got my Avenue all on you now on a test of course for your time and that’s what I’ll use the tiger for $50 for shelter for weddings summary Z song are just tough as nails best of luck to all bye

  34. The pastor ruined the moment. This is not about him it is about the couple. The good thing is that now he’s going to be known internationally as “that jerk pastor” (to be charitable).

  35. The pastor is an idiot.

    If the photographer was violating an unknown rule, the pastor should have spoken quietly to him/her at his first opportunity, NOT during the ceremony. And he should have informed the photographer in advance.

    If he did inform the photographer in advance, he is still WAY OUT OF LINE to do this during the ceremony.

    No matter how you slice it, this is on the officiant, who, as I said, is an idiot.

  36. Never shot a wedding before, except using a long lens at my nieces wedding in which I wasn’t the hired photographer, but the photographer/videographer were obviously too close. On the other hand, the priest could have handled that in a much calmer manner than what he did. He only embarrassed the couple and ruined their moment by showing out the way he did. I, for one, would never go back to his church again.

  37. Sure, the Pasture lost his cool – but I really felt that the photographers in this case really showed a huge lack of respect in the first place. The pasture was right – this is not a photography session – this was a ceremony between him, the B&G & god – and it doesn’t include the 4th element – the photographer. I agree with the masses who say that the photographer should be discrete throughout the ceremony – not like some idiotic paparazzi. I’ll bet you that if the photographer got in from behind, took a snap or two then walked off, he would’ve been fine – a little bugged, but fine. However, the photogs stayed there snapping away – I’d be irritated too if I was the pasture. Granted, he could’ve handled it better – but to me, it showed little class on the photographers part. It just shows that some people are not thoughtful in that respect, or have little respect for religious norms or the sacredness of religious ordinations/ceremonies.

  38. I’ve made a habit of talking to both the couple and the officiant. You never know, and if you know that your couple are looking for particular shots that you know you might have to get invasive on to a degree, I throw a disclosure out there. If you explain that you’re going to have to get closer than you feel they’d like, tell them that. And if they say it’s ok, pay close attention during the ceremony, look for ‘cues’ that tell you to back off. And I try to use a longer distance lens if possible so that I’m not in the way.

  39. That’s why I always use my 70-200 mm lens during the ceremony. I never shoot that close and I am always far the ceremony. I do understand the frustration of the Pastor but I guess he went too far and made more drama than what it actually is.
    I do meet with the Celebrant and the Couple and ask them what are my boundaries. The poor photographers and Videographer they did not deserve to be treated that way! Looks like the Pastor need some anger management.

  40. My husband has been a pastor well over 30 years and I say he has NEVER EVER done anything like that, nor would he. I feel that pastor was not taking Gods leading when he spoke out in this way. Yes it was a sacred time during the vows but if anyone was showing lack of reverence it was this pastor. Shame on him for destroying this couples wedding ceremony vows with his hot headed temper. The reactions of him, not the shutter sounds, was the thing that destroyed the moment that can never be given back. I have coordinated many weddings and the bride and groom will give the photographers and videoographers check list and instructions as to where to get the shots THEY want. As a pastors wife this pastor is way off base in his explosive outburst. The couple will not need a picture to remember this distasteful and unacceptable behavior because they will have the picture and moment forever in their minds of the pastor that destroyed their special moment. Shame on him for not lettin God control his tongue. If these photographers had been behind him talking or something and not doing what they were hired to do this would be an entirely different post. As a pastors wife I can’t say I would want to visit his congregation. A pastor is to be a loving leader of his flock and there is no way that was done in a loving way. Pray tell it was outside and not even in his church! He had no jurisdiction or authority, he was hired just like the photographers!

    1. I really agree with you!!!! I couldn’t believe how this man acted!!! he caused such a huge scene and I felt so bad for the bride and groom! He definitely did not act like a man of God! And I am sure if they did attend that church, they probably found another one, I know I sure would have!!! And chow many people would start attending church after seeing this!!! yikes!!

  41. Looks like there may have been ground for fault on both ends. When I watch the video though the last thing I see is a photographer with a very long lens. Was this an uninformed second shooter who did not get the memo so to speak? It would be nice as Paul Harvey used to say, To know the ‘Rest of the Story!’ ;).

  42. I think it was very wrong of the Pastor to blast the photographers.. It may have been about God.. but he put the total focus on himself after that scene he created.
    Everyone should know their place at a wedding and what is acceptable and not. PERIOD! I feel terrible for the bride and groom that they will forever be reminded of this idiot who decided to take the show front and center with his impatient outburst. my opinion.. RIDUCULOUS!
    I would love to know what the Bride and Grooms thoughts were on this smooth move.

  43. I think the pastor was feeling a little too high and mighty that day. He’s not the one paying for the photographers to be there, if the bride and groom are having a problem with it they can say something (I’m sure they probably had already agreed to how the wedding was to be shot). Now that moment is ruined for them because a pastor can’t respect the bride/grooms decision to want the wedding to be recorded.

  44. I always contact the pastor of the church to see what their rules are pertaining to wedding photography. Most have been very open to having me there knowing how important it is to the couple that hires me. Only once have I been told that I cannot use a flash and to be discreet as a ninja. So other than that, I have had the freedom to photograph the whole day. I do take into consideration that the vows are very important and the ceremony is the key function of the evening, so I try to zoom into areas where I could get in the way otherwise.

  45. About himself 100%. I certainly would have harsh words with the pastor after the ceremony with the father of the bride. As professionals we’re expected to be just that, could be the pastor had a hangover. I advise the pastor of the “client needs” beforehand though, this makes what we do 10 times easier, instead of their rules, they do forget that they are also conducting a HIRED service.

  46. I was not able to watch the video. My filters block streaming video. But I think I got the jist of it from the comments. This really caught my eye, as I am getting married in less than 3 months and havent talked with our pastor about video/photo. We made sure our venue allowed it, as I have seen many churches that wont allow video/photo except from designated places. I have extensivley talked with our shooters both video and photo, and told them to do whatever it takes to get the best shots they can. We requested the videographers bring in sliders and glide cams, and have requested access to the upper loft area (getting married in a barn) for both of them so they can climb around in the roof for different angles. The way I am looking at it is that I am paying them ALOT of money to be there so that MY WIFE AND I can have those memories recorded. Our family and friends are there to support us and rejoice with us, and not there for a show. On the same note we are going to remind our guests of that and that we ARE paying the PROS and not them, and not to get in the shooters way. I think I need to have a conversation with the pastor now.
    I think from now on I am going to put a line for the pastors contact information into the contract so I can call him in advance and find out what he is okay with.
    As one of my bosses used to say, “Its PREPERATION or PREPERATION-H”

  47. In my opinion the pastor was out of line, he should have waited to the end or had made it a point to say before the ceremony that he did not want a photographer there. I honestly think it was a great video to get the vows, and maybe, just maybe the bride and groom had asked the photographer and videographer to be there so they had the vows on tape and close up. Cause the first thought I had when I opened it was THAT IS A GREAT IDEA, then oh shit when the pastor turned around.

  48. If I was the bride I would call the pastor out and say it’s my wedding and I want it recorded! If it’s about God why is HE trying to get the limelight like that? Who is it really about, God or the pastor?
    Wow! I feel SOOO bad for that couple!!!

  49. I hope word gets spread and this “pastor” NEVER officiates another wedding. if this were my wedding he would not get the customary payment.

  50. The pastor embarrassed the couple this is clear. He made a much bigger scene than the photographer ever would have. He’s a narrow minded pastor since God is everywhere, including the place he wanted the photographer to be!

  51. I think what was bothering the minister is that the photographer was using continuous shoot mode. Maybe this shot should have been left to just the videographer. I still think the priest was wrong to do what he did though. If the noise was bothering him, he should have just asked the photographer to be quieter.

  52. While I agree that the pastor overreacted, my pet peeve is photographers who shoot up front. If you don’t have the proper equipment and expertise to shoot a wedding without disrupting the ceremony – ANY ceremony – you should not shoot weddings. Photographers should be invisible, and the best ones are.

  53. You must confer with and explain to a minister where you will be and how often you will Click the hasselblad beast. They are loud and Big. Don’t become a distraction, Discuss with the bride her thoughts and desires, and all must agree to agree, A lot of ministers have a very weak presentation and can not stand any distraction, If the minister prohibits Cameras Period, Encourage the bride to change Churches, The minister is trying to Dominate the atmosphere of the entire wedding, I have 2500 weddings under my belt with a 50 year participation record and 99% have been very successful. Do not try to be the center of attention, Do your assigned Task and be quick and tactful and do not act as a Guest, You are paid for your experience and Knowledge, Try and not distract from the Reverence of the Event, Stay away from the front of the church, Some Shutterbuggers try and get on the ministers shoulder for a shot that most of the time will no be purchased, Common sense will prevail, Hash out all questions prior to the music starting, Do not be distracted by special requests, you can miss great impromptu shots by trying to help with a crying Child. Act like a sour puss and you get sour puss expressions, Humor will sell when fat cattle fail, Have some request expressions Jokes to fall back on, Have fun.

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