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Usually, when I share my work, there is a blank stare. The silence then says, "But, what do you really do?" I'll try.
I worked and paid my way through college (psychology and business administration), attended graduate school and earned degrees in religious education, church administration, and theology.
I directed education programs in churches for 17 years, working with volunteers, in a variety of programs -- usually directing and coordinating work among scores of volunteers. For more than 26 years I was a financial consultant, specializing in helping volunteers in community and religious organizations raise big $$$ to fund their building programs....Show more →
I'll be honest, I find this to be an astonishingly arrogant discourse. I particularly value the comment about telling scores of clergy how to do their job.
You also speak at length about how your career has involved clear communication yet in an early post you seemed surprised that a vague/implausible request delivered as a command 'leave' could be misunderstood.
I take particular issue however with your closing slogan. First off, as photographic service providers if someone else drops the ball that certainly makes my life tougher but I for one always attempt to pick it up again and improve my clients day. With the situation at hand, we have no definitive idea as to whether the photographic team did plan or not. It's simply a moot point as we can't know whether they did or not. You seem to be taking the assumptive position that these guys didn't plan.
As I've said a number of times in this thread, I know many photographers, including myself who attempt to go above and beyond in terms of research and planning ahead of a wedding day. Of all the 'elements' of a wedding day that I have worked with it's my experience that the people most likely to dash that planning to smithereens are members of the clergy. While many are great to work with, a significant proportion will happily say one thing and then change their mind later on. For this very reason I consider waving the "Failure to plan on your part does not create a crisis for me." banner on behalf of the clergy to be somewhat laughable. I for one prepare meticulously for all my weddings, as most other decent shooters I know also do, yet of all the categories of people involved in a wedding day it is the clergy that are most likely to jeopardise that very planning.
I have no major issue with churches that limit or even ban photography, on the proviso that this dictum is clear, understood at an early stage and enforced in a standardised manner. As a photographer it's somewhat disappointing, but I'll abide it as it's not my place to overrule. That said, I've been in churches when professional photography has been forbidden yet every guest is clicking away in the most obnoxious and distracting manner possible. iPhones, iPads, compact camera flash you name it. To put it bluntly, this pisses me off.
These photographers were clearly somewhat overbearing and I'm not defending them. However as a starting point for a conversation on clergy/photographer relations it reminds me that I've found it to be a sticky situation despite my very best efforts over my career.
One thing I'm still unclear on. Are you, or have you ever been a professional wedding photographer. That is to say, have you advertised yourself as such and earned the largest component of your income doing this job? I ask purely out of interest, I'm not trying to be inflammatory. I ask because I can't see a link to a website and I'm trying to assess the POV of the person I'm debating with.