As a photographer, one of the worst things that can happen is to have someone steal your photography gear. For wedding photographer Martin Gregorian from Butterfly Photography, that is unfortunately what happened to him during a wedding ceremony in Vancouver, Canada.
During their wedding at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, Bryan Ball and and his fiancé Julie Wilson’s noticed a stranger dressed in light blue shirt and shorts walking around and mingling with their guests. He was there for around 20-30 minutes before he disappeared.
After the ceremony was over, Martin Gregorian noticed that his Pelican case containing $6,000 worth of camera equipment went missing, and despite having help from the wedding guests, he was not able to find the missing case.
Luckily for Martin and the newlyweds, the wedding videographer managed to catch the thief in the act of stealing the Pelican case. You can see him in the very beginning of the video and at the 5:30 mark where he bent down to pick up the case and walked away with it.
Constable Brian Montague of Vancouver Police noted that the thief waited around for the right moment and “is most likely a professional.”
For more information, you can read the news article from Global News.
Whether it is a wedding or an on location fashion shoot, keeping track of your gear should always be one of your top priorities. The best way to protect yourself from theft is to have your gear with you or within your line of sight at all times. If that is not possible, having it at a secure location like a dedicated room or car trunk is the next best option. To learn more tips , be sure to check out our article on how to Keep Your Camera Safe from Theft. You can also use GPS tags or similar tags such as the Tile to help you find your gear in the event it was stolen.
So how do you keep your gear safe from theft? Have you ever been a victim of theft during a shoot?
UPDATE: The camera thief suspect has been arrested! .Read more about it here