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)

  • dim

    Wow she’s got a long range lens on, no need to be that close, and plus no communication what so ever between video and photographer thats a shame

  • James Derheim

    I doubt that she is a professional because a pro would never, ever stand in the same place for so long.

  • John Photography

    Get the shoots and move on! half the time she’s standing there, she’s not shooting or she’s chimping. smh.

  • JulienV

    what of an idiotic cameraman would stand completely at the back without having a camera close to the bride or came himself closer.

    And indeed communication before between these two would a good idea :-)

  • Chris

    He seriously cried about is wife-to-be meeting his DOG for the first time?

  • Colin Peddle

    Kind of thinking the same thing. As a professional wedding photographer, IF I do ever need to be in a position like this during the ceremony for longer then 10-15 seconds, I’ll usually kneel down. I just want to respect the guests whose views I am definitely blocking.

  • Fmassef

    I would throw a shoe on her

  • nullhogarth

    After 10 years, the probability of a first marriage ending in divorce or separation is 33%, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Why people spend so much money on odds like that is a mystery, but at least it keeps the photography trade going.

  • AnalogMachine

    Two minutes of Chimping!!!! :P

  • wolfgangr5150

    She is a professional, look at the big lens… Pffffft…..

  • Jeramy Bailey

    Good lesson. Don’t know if I would have thought of it before, but if the videographer is going to be in a static position, the photographer should look through the video camera to and see where they can be and not be in the video frame. They could easily have worked that out at the rehearsal.

  • harumph

    More importantly, she’s blocking the view of the guests. Look how many people are craning their necks and shifting around trying to watch the ceremony. She standing in the worst place possible.

  • Jeffrey Lee

    Watching other photographers doing that kind of thing makes me furious. A wedding is for the couple, their families, and their guests. To intrude in such a manner as this is appalling. There is no reason she couldn’t have gotten those shots from a less invasive location.

  • Judy C

    What the heck was she photographing because it wasn’t the couple :( That’s just complete lack of regard for everyone at the wedding, including the guests. Hopefully she learns something useful from seeing this. Having said that, why was the videographer at the back … no second camera?

  • Trey Mortensen

    It kinda reminds me of Batman begins: “You never learned to mind your surroundings.”

  • Trey Mortensen

    Amen. I just did a wedding and there was a part where the groom played a song on his guitar for the bride and I decided that instead of blocking everyone, I would kneel and take shots from different angles. I actually got better shots than what I would have if I just sat in the front like this lady did.

  • malixe

    I don’t do weddings, but I’ve shot a *lot* of staged events, and a fair amount of video now of the same kind of thing. And one of the key concepts that I’ve always held on to is that the person (ANY person) with a camera, is NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE ROOM. I get truly disgusted by photographers like this one, who can’t comprehend that where there’s a performance or a ceremony and an audience there to witness it, the people in the audience are the REASON it’s happening.

    When I shoot stills, I move frequently and crouch down low between shots. If someone lets me know I’m blocking their view, I stay polite and try to fix it as quickly as I can. When I shoot video, it’s a lot harder to move around and there isn’t always a “between shots”, unless there’s an intermission or break between acts. Fortunately most decent video cameras have excellent zoom lenses. I look for a corner, a high vantage point or some place that will block audience sight lines as little as possible, and do the best I can.

    The event isn’t about you and your photos. If holding onto a camera at an event like this inflates your ego this much, then you really shouldn’t be a photographer.

  • ton of bs

    This “photographer” in her quest to ruin the videographers day did nothing but ruin her clients video…put yourself in the shoes of the client and have some respect for your profession and frankly some class.

    I hope her business suffers from this personally.

  • veronicablood

    fake. so fake.

  • Andrew Payne

    Apparently the gigantic lens has no zoom capabilities. Also, couldn’t the videographer go tap her on the shoulder and ask her to move. This is impressive passive aggression.

  • MS

    Wow, that chick is annoying. Have some tact and get out of the center of attention.

  • Will Mederski

    not to mention all the chimping she’s doing. geesh.

  • Will Mederski

    and they read their vows off their iphones…
    kids these days.

  • buttle

    The camera person doesn’t just block the video, they block the view of everyone. I’ve seen so many weddings ruined by the camera guy.

  • awesomerobot

    ITT: “Pro” photographers who spend more time on the internet criticizing other photographers than actually taking photos.

  • nbm

    This is me.

    And you know who’s rude? The videographers who put this together and allowed it to go viral without ever indicating to me how they felt.

    I was quite shocked to see a photo of myself with a “no” sign all over it in my news feed this morning.

    First, I’d like everybody here who made snide comments and who’s never made a mistake to raise their hand.
    Talk about arrogance.

    No, I did not ruin ALL of the videographers’ shots as petapixel claims. Unless the videographer only recorded for the few minutes I was in that spot.

    If it was really that bad, then why didn’t one of them (there were 2) walk up to me and ask me to move? Why couldn’t they move their cameras around, why am only I expected to make sure I’m not in their shot, use smaller lenses, compromise my work for theirs? Of course I would have moved / crouched down / worked faster / whatever if they had tapped me on the shoulder and pointed out how badly I was apparently blocking their shot. But why am I the only one who can change something? Why can’t they move one camera? Come up next to me? Just like them I was paid to capture the wedding.

    There were no sidelines. NONE. Very crammed and tight. There was hardly anywhere to go. I started out on the other side of bride and groom, sort of behind the groom, and eventually worked my way out, which was almost impossible. I have no problem going through bushes and climb over rocks to go around; not an option here. I barely managed to squeeze through the dozen or so kids which were sitting at the front of the aisle, in a crouched manner, trying to be small.

    I then crouched in the aisle for some time, getting bride and groom, and close-ups of them and their emotions, for those of you who so smartly commented that I didn’t bother with those. I was able to shoot bride and groom crouched down and out of sight, especially since they were a step down from the aisle.

    I needed to stand up to get the faces of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, people who I would assume are hugely important to the bride and groom. Yes, in this case I was standing up at the front of the aisle for longer than I usually do, and yes, there was a lot of chimping, The light was very challenging and I do like to make sure I get good exposures rather than wishing I changed something later. Some were in the shade, some half in the sun, some had glaring background behind them. Lighting changes, exposure/flash changes.

    I did talk to the videographers beforehand and mentioned that I usually get some shots from the front of the aisle; they made it sound lke it was not a problem. I did apologize later for having been up there for as long as I had. They said not to worry about it – yet this is where I find myself. All through the day I asked them if I was in their shot, if they wanted me to move, if they wanted to change anything, get another pose with bride and groom, did they get what they wanted. I do not think I’m more important than the videographer. I’ve had 2 other videographers this summer tell me I am so nice to them and easy to work with. At least I try.

    How is it that Handlebar Studios posts this on vimeo with the caption “learn to play nice”, but doesn’t approach me about it? Who is not playing nice? I would never ever post anything like this about another vendor in the area.

    Lastly, I would like to know how it is o.k. for f-stoppers to use a video that was apparently posted in a Facebook group – private, I assume – and make an article out of it, which now has spilled over to petapixel and into my clients’ news feeds?

  • Mark

    Completely stupid article. Videographer should just pivot a little to the left or right. You can see that he is in the back right, making her not in the middle, but off to the side. Videos are edited. There is a lot of raw footage that gets discarded. The couple is going to want the photographer to get the most memorable images, period. If she moved and apologized like the article stated – this is a non article. Also, she is probably not blocking others views, it is the angle from where the video guy is located. Again, pivot, pivot! Seinfeld fans will know this.

  • slmcdee

    I don’t think it would have been as irritating if it at least looked like she was getting some good shots. There was a lot of chimping and exposure hunting. If you’re hunting that long… just shoot it on a “friendlier” setting as oppose to missing some prime opportunities for great shots.

  • nbm

    You have NO idea what I was shooting, and what the shots I got look like, do you now? You also have no idea whether or not there were any “friendlier” settings I could have used, do you? Nor do you have any idea how many shots of bride and groom I had already gotten.

  • MissCellania

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a wedding, but when did photographers start taking pictures during the ceremony? That was once a nono. Then when video came along, it was only one camera at the back or side of the guests, with no extra lights.

  • Guest

    Gold. I had a very similar thought. :)

  • sikdave

    That’s truly an unfortunate situation to be in. Sounds like you did give your position some consideration, and communicated with the video guys. I guess it seems like you’re blocking everyone’s view of the most important part of the ceremony. Popping up to quickly and discretely grab your shots then down again to hide out of the way while you review, and at least make an attempt to consider the guests, would have been ideal. But hey, this is how we learn, and unfortunately you’re getting flamed online for it – which I must admit, given your explanation is quite harsh.

  • Absinthia Stary

    You’re attacking the freedom of speech which is a basic human right. Just because you’re in a video doesn’t mean the video is yours, and you shouldn’t force anyone to tell you that you’re blocking their view or take down the video. They did the right thing by recording and releasing this video.

  • Xiao Jing

    Didn’t you sign a model release with the videographer?

  • mutie

    Regardless of the answers to your questions, there is no situation where it’s acceptable for a photographer to stand center stage between the audience and the focus of the event for so long. Could those shots taken of bridesmaids — the obvious subject — have just as easily been taken in rehearsal?

  • ziffi

    Ana eye for an eye: post ridiculous photos of the videographer and use him for giggles on Facebook.

  • MissGeo

    why do you use the flash like that?

  • mutie

    Because that’s a great way to cement a reputation as a professional? Let’s assume the videographers are jerks. Why become one, too?

  • mutie

    Fill flash is common in in sunlit scenes to soften deep shadows and control exposure.

  • mutie

    Because video is normally much more reliant on a stable, fixed position on a tripod. Right?

  • Tam


    especially using what looks like a 70-200… no need to be so close with that lens for so long!

    I usually tell my second shooter or assistant to help me keep an eye out if i’m in anyone’s way. I also communicate with the videographers to make sure THEY tell me if i’m in the way as well!

  • nbm

    I was not at the rehearsal, and if I had been, they wouldn’t have looked like they did on the wedding day. I only look like the focus in this video. Clearly, the b&g and their parents aren’t paying the slightest attention to me.

  • nbm

    An obvious thought, but I don’t roll that way… aside from that, this town is way too small for things like that.

  • nbm

    Lighting is extremely harsh up here; 6200 feet altitude and clean air (Lake Tahoe). Plus a lake that acts as a giant reflector. No flash, black raccoon eyes.

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  • nbm

    Yes. That doesn’t mean they can’t also have one camera they move around with, like other videographers I work with. Or, just for once, since I acted so horribly, make an exception and move one of theirs. Or, come tap me on the shoulder.

  • mutie

    Understood. Of course, the bride and groom, and their parents, aren’t obstructed. Everyone behind the front third of the rows apparently was. If you say this was the only way to get those specific shots, and that you had no choice but to get those shots during the vows, and that you used only the time you needed to shoot them, well, OK. You can see why it appears you were being inconsiderate, though, right?

  • agiyo

    With all due respect, nobody at a wedding should have to work around you, standing in the middle of everything. You are not entitled to block anyone anymore than the absolute minimum necessary, and you have a professional, human obligation to be as inconspicuous as possible. It’s not your wedding to manipulate. Photographers’ ego ostentation like this, in other areas of the profession as well as weddings, have made me hesitant to call myself a photographer…since 1960. Please learn from this and stop defending against the obvious and undeniable.

  • Topper Ballola

    Wow. Those look life 1D MKIVs or even 1DXs on a 70-200 f/2.8. I guess having her flash “flash” all the time must be some sort of style in broad daylight. And like all others here, she’s not even maximizing her focal range and DOF. Must be another style of photography.

  • jrdnfox

    “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”

    Likewise!! If she didn’t come to you.. Why didn’t you go to her? Also, why wouldn’t you simply ask her to move rather than just sit there and allow the shot to be blocked? This is just as much videographer’s fault as it is the photographer’s.

    Also.. kinda dumb to post this.. No way in hell I’d hire “Motivity Films” to shoot *my* wedding, not after seeing this.