Below is a YouTube video that was brought to my attention. In this 41 second clip, a minister admonishes the photographers at a wedding ceremony for being too intrusive during the service.
I think we can all agree that photography, especially at weddings, can be a bit intrusive and at times perhaps even irreverent. At the same time, I know of very few people who would out-right ban photography, because capturing those special times in our lives on film – or perhaps more likely memory card – is important to us. While it is hard to tell from a 41 second clip whether the actions of the photographers did in fact warranted such a strong reaction from the minister, it seems to me that the minister went overboard in his reproach.
I wonder what you think is proper etiquette for photographers during church services? What is acceptable and what is unacceptable? Where should they stand? When should they not take photos? Please comment below with your thoughts on photography during liturgy so that perhaps we can all avoid the photographic faux pas displayed above.