As a professional wedding photographer I’m always working with different people. Wedding coordinators, DJ’s, videographers, officiants; and it’s always different from wedding to wedding. One thing we have a policy to do is communicate clearly with everyone that we work with the day of the wedding. The reason? Well, we are going to get to that.
In the video below we see the officiant, seemingly out of nowhere, tell the Photographer and Videographer to stop taking photos and to stand somewhere else. The tragic thing about this video is how horrified the couple is at the interruption of their once in a lifetime wedding ceremony.
Can You Say Awkward?
I think we can all agree that the officiant was incredibly unprofessional in how the situation was dealt with. While he kept stating that the event was not about the photography, his absurd outburst did indeed make it all about him.
However, there is a little tip we have to avoid these situations. We have often worked with officiants similar to this one. The key is to figure that out prior to the ceremony. So, before each ceremony we communicate with the officiant to make sure we follow their specific rules. If an officiant is very dramatic and sensitive in that discussion, we know to be extra careful.
When it comes to photography, we make it known to our clients that we follow whatever the officiant or the church dictates. If the church/officiant doesn’t allow flash, or doesn’t allow us to shoot a specific angle, we keep the clients informed. If the clients want flash, or want a specific angle, it is always better they take it up with the church/officiant directly.
That being said, our hearts go out to the photographers, videographers and the couple, because this reaction was definitely unwarranted and something that will probably be remembered over everything else in the ceremony.