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.”
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.