Video: Wedding Photographer Blocks the Videographer’s Shots

Update: Unfortunately, the video has been taken down since we put this post up. We’ll keep an eye out and get it back up if and when it is re-uploaded.

Wedding photographers have complained before (and for good reason) of people getting in their way while they try to do their job. In the video above, however, the tables have turned. It’s not a guest getting up and standing in the middle of the aisle, blocking every shot. The one in the way is actually the photographer.

Posted to a Facebook group and discovered by Fstoppers‘ Trevor Dayley, the video was put together by Motivity Films as a humorous message to all wedding photographers that it’s not always the videographer or guests in the way.

Two minutes and two completely different angles still can’t shake the photographer out of the shot. In fact, once the videographer moves to get her out of the shot, she manages to shimmy her way back in.


Keep in mind, this isn’t about shaming the photographer. Apparently, she eventually realized what happened and apologized to the Motivity Films guys for getting in the way.

It’s just a funny example of why you always have to be aware of your surroundings when shooting a wedding. If there are videographers working the wedding as well, it’s probably a good idea to sit down with them and plan out your shots together, so you don’t get in each other’s way and nobody gets in the guests’ way.

Check out the video at the top to see exactly what can happen when you don’t do this. And if you want to see some of Motivity Films’ unobstructed footage, head over to their website by clicking here.

(via Fstoppers)

  • slmcdee

    I must have struck a nerve & I apologize. I wasn’t doubting your talent. My comment was made using the video as a frame of reference. I’d love to see your awesome shots.

    Its all about perspective. The video just doesn’t help. It simply doesn’t.

  • archsf

    1) there are typically about 8 hours of coverage in a given wedding day. This video lasts two minutes, of which 1 minute shows the photographer blocking the view.
    2) she is clearly photographing the guests/bridal party for reactions during the vows (she’s not blocking the kiss or ring exchange or any of those things from this video–but we are lead to believe this was the case the entire time)
    3) What’s the point of having 2 cameras for video coverage if you can’t manage to get two angles different enough that isn’t blocked by 1 person?
    4) How completely unprofessional for a company to use a client’s video for the purposes of entertainment/mockery/defamation!

  • radiancedeluxe

    this whole situation stinks for everyone, especially your clients. as a wedding photographer, I can certainly understand your side. you folks were all very very cramped. I’ve been in tight situations like this before, and I’m sure I’ve made mistakes like this before. But the videographers I work with are professional enough to communicate with me, and more importantly, they are professional enough to avoid vengefully and cowardly posting a smear clip like this. Shocking. We are all on the same team; we are all there shooting for the same purpose. It’s really sad to see this.

  • Shkolnikoff

    Video Link Is Dead.. :-/ Being a wedding photographer and without even being able to watch this, i can say its definitely a team effort shooting a wedding (sucessfully). However, with that being said, i can say that its also not the photographers job to find the videographer and make sure that he/she is going to be able to do their job properly. This is a profession not a hobby.

    **Also it is not a Long Range or Crazy Telephoto Lens, especially not on a large sensor camera, Basically It is huge so light can travel through it faster.

  • Fredman

    The video is marked as “private” now. Did anybody downloaded the video and would be so kind as to upload it to YouTube or Dailymotion, please?

  • detroitdima

    Not a long range. Its a large aperature. (means more light, blown out backgrounds)

  • detroitdima

    Youre an idiot

  • Sean Walsh

    I’ve used my 70-200mm to capture the ring exchange from only 6 or 7 feet away. It’s a great detail shot of their hands and the ring(s). Just because it’s a long lens doesn’t mean you’ve got to be at the back of the church. Different tools for different jobs.

  • Sean Walsh

    I’m glad you responded, and I’m sorry you’ve been vilified. I’ve been where you are, caught in a tough position of trying to get the shots you’ve promised and getting in the way of the video crew – even when the videographers are from my company!! It’s so easy for the computer chair pixel counters to come on here and berate others without knowing the other side of the story, let alone the whole story, or even the steps taken initially by both parties to work together and get the best shots for the couple.

    Trust me when I say there are plenty of us reading this article and know exactly where you’re coming from. Don’t let these a******* here or anywhere affect you.

  • Sean Walsh

    This is a skewed version of the truth. They took the tiniest amount of the day’s footage and made it into a short edit. Out of ALL the footage they shot over the course of the day, this MIGHT make 1% of the final tally. You’re being very lenient to people who are showing you what they want you to see versus learning the truth about the WHOLE situation.

    How wonderful it must be to be so narrow and judgmental…

  • Sean Walsh

    We’ve been shooting ceremonies since the early-90s here in Canada. Orthodox priests (Greek, Coptic, Armenian, etc.) are surprisingly the most accommodating. I’ve NEVER had one tell me I can’t photograph the ceremony. Once I even had a Roman Catholic priest briefly stop the ceremony and wave me over, saying “get a shot from this angle, it’ll be great for their album!”. Times change, as do attitudes. Another priest told me I was doing God’s work by documenting the wedding, and to “go wherever I need to go”. I’m not religious, but I’ll take that as carte blanche to do what I have to do, so long as I’m not disruptive to the proceedings.

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  • nbm

    Hi Mr. Righteous-Infallible. But apparently *I* have to work around the videographer? Great logic. I do usually try to be inconspicuous, but I haven’t found an invisibility cape yet, and so once I don’t do as perfect a job as expected, this is what happens? The videographers’ character doesn’t get questioned for doing this? What about putting their CLIENTS out on the internet like this?
    Again, they could have walked up to me…. but oh how I like to MANIPULATE weddings (whatever that means).
    If after 53 years you don’t want to call yourself a photographer, maybe you shouldn’t.

  • Truth

    “Sorry – Because of its privacy settings, this video can not be played here.
    Vimeo “

  • Woody ONeal

    When did Lara Croft start shooting weddings?

  • Mabel

    Cripes, yeah. I took pictures and videos once at a local event for my blog. I am not even a photographer and even I knew to get down out of the way. I just sat on the floor down front where I wouldn’t be in anyone’s pictures and got some very nice shots for my article.

  • CarLITos WaY

    Anybody please reupload the video!

  • Brian

    Lots of armchair quarterbacks here. Most video crews have 2-3 cameras rolling at all times and from all angles. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to not appear in at least one of them in most cases. Vilifying another event professional on your companies blog speaks volumes about the professionalism of the video company (specifically the lack thereof). I have videographers get in my shot, block me out and pretty much pay zero attention to where I am on a weekly basis but I would never, ever, in a million years, publicly post something.

    Being a professional means you work around whatever problems you may face. Whether it be a photographer or videographer, you do your job despite the challenges you face. If this does not sound fair then shooting weddings is probably not for you.

  • Victor

    Obviously, there needs to be cooperation. I don’t shoot weddings, but I have paid for two. In both cases I told the video crew that my personal preference was for the still photographers to have priority and that I understood and accepted the possible consequences.

  • bcondoral

    I do wedding photography in Tahoe also….I had a bride contacted me a while ago really upset because she contracted Handlebar Studios to do photography for her wedding, and about three months before the wedding they told her that they forgot about her, and booked somebody else for that wedding. And now this….Wow, Handlebar, how the heck do you stay in business? They also told the bride that they “only book 10 weddings a year because of the attention they give to each client” Hahahahahahahahaha….You didn’t see all these negatives comments coming, did you?

  • Dhaval Panchal

    After this video has gone private…I smell legal action……….

  • Inku

    I didn’t get a chance to see the video because it was taken down before I could. However, reading the “article” and the comments, I have to say that this is really unprofessional of the video people.

    As we all know, video can be edited to show only what they want to show. It’s the same way with photography. I can cull my images down to show only the video people being in the middle of the aisle all day long.

    But, that’s not what I do. I’m a professional wedding photographer and I can work around obstacles because that’s my job.

    I can assume a few things about the photographer – she may or may not be very experienced. The video people had a story they wanted to tell and they showed only what they wanted to show and put this photographer in a really bad light (no pun intended).

    What this article/video shows is that these professional videographers aren’t very good at their job if they simply can’t 1) move, 2) communicate with the photographer, 3) play nice with others.

    The way I look at it, we’re all in this industry together. It’s not us photographers vs. them videographers. We are here together to work for our clients. That’s why they hired us. They expect better than this junior high school bulls**t.

  • heikki

    I’ve shot a few weddings side to side with videotogs, and we always planned ahead. We usually take opposite sides from the more important shots, like the rings, kiss on the altar and such. This way client has maximum coverage, and we both get the shots needed. Granted, it’s a compromise, but a good one for all parties.

  • Another Tahoe vendor

    Yup, these guys are earning a infamous reputation in the area.

  • abortretryfail

    I’ve had it the other way around which is why I don’t shoot weddings anymore.

    The churches in my city have even put out guidelines one of which is not to go near the couple during the ceremony. You’re not allowed to shoot a wedding unless you are registered with them after attending a seminar on those guidelines.

    But when it came to vows and the ring… the video crew would swoop in and crowd shoulder to shoulder around the couple blocking everyone’s view.

  • Paul

    Very painful viewing!

  • Sweatin’ Billy Bellamy

    Such butthurt, very wow.

  • Sweatin’ Billy Bellamy

    I looked up your work. Your work is hackish at best. The first image that pops up is that flat lit whale you beached on those rocks. Stop being a prick and learn how shape that tub of goo that you had as a client.

  • Chase Video and Photo

    Videographers and Photographers will always have that “battle” but most professionals will do their best to get along. Here’s a related post I recently saw in a Facebook Group I’m a part of