tourists and wedding photographers behaving badly
If you’ve been paying attention to social media recently, you’ll have read about the latest scandal to have hit the news. Just in case you haven’t, some tourists have pranced about nude, posing for photos, on a Malaysian mountain. The mountain is deemed holy by the local population. And as a result, they face imprisonment.
Regardless of whether prison is the right punishment, the general consensus I’ve heard is this: that showing disrespect to people’s belief is plain rude. And plain stupid. Both have consequences.
Good behaviour when you’re in someone else’s realm is essential. This is something that we are aware of when we go to a wedding, a bar mitzvah. And indeed, every time we step into someone’s home. To disrespect the ‘master’ of the house, so to speak, is plain rude.
Fortunately, for wedding photographers, there isn’t the risk of being put in prison. At least not during the ceremony. At least not that I’ve come across. But I’ve heard tales of photographers who overstep the boundaries at churches, trying to photograph from the altar. What are they thinking?!?
Everyone’s rules are different
Different places of worship have different rules. And some are more relaxed that others. It’s a good idea to check with whoever’s in charge exactly what those rules are. You can’t assume that what’s ok with one priest is ok with all. Each minister has their own opinion.
Our role as wedding photographers is to get the photos. And of course, to help the day go smoothly. Just as a tourist can’t enjoy their holiday from a cell, we wedding photographers can’t do our job if we’re chucked out of the venue. And that leads to unhappy clients.
So respect, at all times. Or there will be consequences.
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