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Videographer Delivers Wedding Video with Anti-Semitic Rant to Bride

By Anthony Thurston on October 11th 2013


To the Bride and Groom, their family and guests, the wedding video – if there is one – can be one of the best ways to re-live memories from the special day. Sadly though, that was not the case for 27 year old bride Claudia Gocman.

Gocman was no doubt excited to watch the video from her special day, but what she found was less than she had hoped for. The video was low quality, missing key moments from the wedding that she thought would be there, and was just very sub par. This was her opinion before the end of the video, when videographer Anthony Aurelius starts off on an anti-semitic rant about how photographers get the big bucks and videographers get crap.

Before I go on take a look below:

As you can see, this nice bit of commentary was left on the end of the video that was delivered to the bride. I’m sorry, but the last time I checked any professional videographer worth his salt would have edited the footage and this never would have been known. Maybe Mr Aurelius should stop complaining about how much eh is getting paid and do some quality work that is worthy of a higher price tag? If I was the bride in this case I would have been livid, and that is just regarding the quality that I gathered from this clip. I can only assume the rest of the video was just at bad.

Gocman emailed Aurelius about the video, and shared her displeasure. Aurelius promptly gave the couple a complete refund and apologized, “I am very sorry for our stupid, childish conversation. I am also very sorry for offending you and possibly your family also. You did not deserve this. I am ashamed, in honesty.”

[REWIND: Priest Stops Wedding to Tell Photographer and Videographer to Leave]

Needless to say Gocman will not be recommending his services to any of her jewish – or not Jewish for that matter – friends.

It is a sad tale with many lessons for any wedding professional. Things most would be like common sense; Always go through any photos or video that you are going to deliver to the client, do not deliver unretouched or unedited footage, do not talk badly about the client, etc. You should always strive to present yourself and your work in the most professional manner possible, regardless of your feelings on the fee or the clientele – a lesson that Anthony Aurelius has no doubt learned.

[via Gawker]


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Spongebob Nopants

    First of all, I can’t help but wonder why he felt he could display such revolting views so openly with his driver. No. No I don’t wonder. He assumed the driver would agree with him – and he was right.

    And as to the comment that he should never work for Jewish people again- He should never work for anyone again. If that’s what he thinks about Jewish Britons, what must this creep think about Britons of Carribian or African extraction?

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  2. Koda

    I’m curious how much was agreed upon and what the contract said. You DO get what you pay for most of the time in this field. My sister had a weeding early this year and I would of done the photography my self if I was not in the wedding but alas had to pay someone else to do it. It was very cheep and the end quality reflected it. I warned her to pay more for a better one that I recommended but couldn’t due to the cost. The images where very low quality and some missing shots outright. It goes to show that not only do you get what you pay for but you can’t just put professional gear in the hands of someone and expect good results.

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  3. André

    If you don’t like the price that are paying you, don’t accept the job. If you accept the job and agree with the value do and be the best and most professional you can.

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    • Zohar Lindenbaum

      And never EVER talk shit about the people who pay you. A professional photographer knows how to act professional at a wedding day even when not being next to the bride and groom and their families. Talking shit like that is VERY unprofessional. He should suck it up or else do not take the job. What a loser.

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  4. Ellie

    I feel so sorry for the couple, no one should have to receive that on the end of a document of what should be a happy day. Based on this it seems liege videographer in question is actually way overcharging, though it would be interesting to see what his portfolio is like.

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