By now, I believe the world has seen the above video of the officiant that asked the photographers to leave the vantage point where they were shooting. In review, I agree with the officiant. Here's why:
As wedding photographers, we MUST respect your event as an event that is serious and precious to you.
We must not become a distraction nor attraction. We must be somewhat of a ghost during your ceremony to not take away from the emotions and traditions of your event. The reason most photographers wear black at weddings is to attempt to fade into the background (proverbially).
As Wedding Photographers, we must be equipped with the right tools for the job. Looking at the above video (outdoors wedding), there are probably several other locations the photographer could of been rather than clicking away right behind the head of the officiant. The officiant also has a job to do and I personally do not like anyone standing over me while I shoot an event. The same thing applies here.
As Wedding Photographers, we plan. When you don't plan, you are not prepared. Discussions should of been discussed with the client on what the "restrictions" were. There are multiple opportunities before the wedding day to iron out these types of things.
As always, we're here to help and discuss and this was one I didn't want to let go. Ensure you have the best possible CERTIFIED professionals managing media on your most important days.
Johnny West, CPP
Director of Photography
ArtsGroup Photography and Cinema