(Closed) Priest/Officiant freaks out on Photographers

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Was the Priest/officiant out of line?
    Yes : (26 votes)
    84 %
    No : (4 votes)
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    Other: explain below : (1 votes)
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  • Post # 3
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’d be pissed. This might sound horrible, but my photos are more important than my officiant and his feelings on the matter :-/

    I doubt the photographers would be that close unless the couple had specifically asked for those types of photos. We want a photo of our first kiss from the perspective of the officiant so that you can see our guests in the background, rather than the other way around. Its coordinated with our officiant and our photographer – the officiant knows he will have to step aside for the photo. If he didn’t agree to this and refused to move then he’d have a huge problem with me.

    Post # 4
    12003 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @cheesecakelove: I’ve seen it, and really, I don’t fault the officiant.  My photographer specifically told me to make sure I talk to the officiant and find out what his/her ‘rules’ are.  Lots of officiants have restrictions on where the photogs can be.  That should have been worked out before hand.  The photog should have moved as soon as the officiant asked him/her to move as well.   

    Post # 6
    12003 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @cheesecakelove:  that is true – he probably could have handled it better.  I have only seen the youtube clip so I don’t know any more of the story. 

    Post # 7
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    That photographer was in a space you dont go… Period. The priest didnt need to set boundires, its a space you dont go! If you do its one or two shots and you vanish, not rapid fire! They were a total rookie. Thats what zooms are for. A photographer should not be noticed. You also have to be mindful of Everyone at a wedding.

    Now the priest could have been a little more tame and handles it better but, I dont blame him. For all we know he spoke before and the photographer ignored it. That was pretty feisty for a first ‘warning’. The photographer talked back too! Who does that?

    Its become a growing problem with all the newbies that got a camera, a facebook page, and now they are a photographer. There is more to weddings than just taking pictures.


    To add: You can get a close up of a couple like you were standing right in front of them from behind all the guests… No reason to be that close or be on rapid fire shooting. You can get the same shot the photographer was going for from 20-30 feet away.. just sayin’. Laughing



    Post # 8
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    i can see both sides.

    the videographer/photographer was invasive, and refused to move. yes, i get that they wanted the best shot. however, they were out of line by not obliging when being asked to move. my photographer always asks what the “restrictions” are for where he can be. because he doesn’t like to get in the way of the officiant.

    that being said, i would feel awful for my guests, having them see that. and embarrassed. i think the officiant could have been nicer about it. i would hate to have to explain to our guests later, and i would feel bad that the photographer/videographer was treated that way.

    however, i think he was perfectly in line to say what he said since they were obviously not wanting to move.

    Post # 10
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @Styles:  I initially thought that about the photographer being too close too, but READ the comments on the video! The photographer said he DID check in with the officiant beforehand and the officiant told him he could go anywhere but the aisle! So at that point the photographer was already banned from the aisle and now the officiant is telling him he can’t shoot behind him either. At that point I would hope the bride loves the back of her dress because that’s all she would have photos of. The photographer also commented that he was in fact using a 70-200 so he wasn’t really as close as it appears on the video. The officiant was way out of line.

    Post # 11
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    I was wondering if the reason the videographer was so close was that he hadn’t miked the bride and groom to catch the vows.

    Post # 12
    9550 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Classic case of both parties handling it poorly. Videographer should have found a better place to shoot from. I get that the priest didn’t specify before hand that behind the altar was off limits, but I agree that should be fairly common sense. If you want to do something behind the altar (anything more than a few snapped pictures that is) you should get the okay from the couple and officiant. And more important than any of that is that the videographer should have moved immediately when asked. Certainly don’t argue about it.

    On the other hand. The priest was downright rude and inconsiderate. He could have been much less intrusive and private in asking the videographer to leave.

    Boo to both of them!

    Post # 13
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    @cheesecakelove:  I have a feeling if the bride had spoken up to the priest, he would have shut her down hard in front of all the guests. I can just imagine it… “Your ceremony isn’t about you. It’s about God. Do you want to get married today or not?”

    I do hope this guy gets lots of “advertising” so other couples don’t have this happen to them, or at least, not this sternly and rudely and awkwardly.

    Post # 15
    796 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    He ruined their ceremony. I don’t know if I’d even be able to laugh about that later, he’s unjustifiably rude. Is someone who represents God in the church supposed to treat people that poorly? I don’t think so. That’s not about God. 

    That poor couple. 

    Post # 16
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @adoc86:  @cheesecakelove:  The priest who officiated my parents wedding agreed to face backwards so that the photographer could take pictures of them from the front without being up on the alter. He was like, “I know you don’t want a bunch of pictures of my face and your backs.” My parents faced the congregation and he faced the alter.

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