In the rush to capture all the best moments at a wedding, photographers should always be aware of when to get closer … and when to take a big step back. One wedding photographer found this out the hard way when he was reprimanded in the middle of the ceremony.
In a YouTube video posted last week, an officiant at a wedding can be seen delivering vows to the bride and groom when all of a sudden he turns around to address a cameraman.
“Please. Sirs. Leave.”
Stunned, the cameraman asks “Where do you want me to be?”
“Anywhere other than here,” the priest says, as the bride and groom look at each other in the background, clearly embarrassed. “This is a solemn assembly. Not a photography session. Please move. Or I will stop. I will stop this ceremony if you do not get out of the way. This is not about the photography. This is about God.”
At that moment the photographer, Kamrul Hasan, and the rest of his crew hastily pack up their gear and shuffle away from the altar.
In an interview with ABC, Hasan says he was completely caught off-guard by the priest’s outburst.
“He just snapped out of nowhere,” Hasan said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
Hasan added that at no time in the pre-ceremony did the priest set boundaries — a meeting that likely would have prevented the misunderstanding.
“My responsibility is to capture the great shot,” he said. “But at the same time I do not want to interrupt the ceremony.”
We’ve interviewed plenty of wedding photographers (check out this video with Anna Kuperberg) but we’ve never heard of such a confrontation. Photographers have a responsibility to remain respectful while they do their jobs, yet they also have to get images that show the intimacy of the ceremony. And that means getting as close as possible.
So did Hasan overstep his boundaries? Or does the Priest have a valid complaint? Check out the video below and let us know what you think.