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Since these videos of officiants vs. photographers went viral where ministers stop wedding ceremonies to tell the photographers to beg off, most people have taken the photographer’s side.
But looking at these videos, I find myself agreeing with the officiants. Here’s why:
They stood up to keep the right atmosphere and spirit of the ceremony.
I’m sure they would’ve rather not have to do anything like they had to do, but let’s face it, those photographers created the environment for this to happen. Did you notice that?
The photographers are acting like paparazzis. And that’s an insult to the better paparazzis everywhere.
They’re right on top of the proceedings. And you can hear their cameras banging away, “clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack.”
Bottom line: those wedding photographers are intrusive. They crossed the line from being observers to being noticeable.
And why should that happen? Do sports photographers have to get on the playing field right up to a few feet from the quarterback to catch a photo of him?
Of course not. Those professional photographers use longer lenses to get the close images they want – while staying out of the playing field.
Longer lenses permit photographers to photograph from a distance.
These wedding photographers appear not to know this.
And do you really need so many images back to back of moments where people in a ceremony are basically standing still while the officiant speaks?
Or is it that these wedding photographers don’t know how to sense the more story telling moments when they happen? And don’t know how to capture those moments precisely, instantly…
…so they deploy instead the shot gunning technique known as “spray and pray” – where they shoot a barrage of shots in a row hoping that when the smoke clears, they got a good shot in there.
As for these officiants, from the looks of it, they didn’t go berserk, they didn’t get enraged. They appeared stern sure enough because they were angry at the photographer’s obtrusive behaviors, but they constrained themselves and spoke up firmly but politely.
Because they had to.
Make sure to hire professionals who can get their wedding photos while treating your ceremony with respect.
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