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Wedding videographers are not as important as wedding photographers

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Cinematography, In The Media, Networking, Photographer, Photography, Wedding | 13 Comments


Emilie Sommer, a Maine-based wedding photographer, recently wrote a childish and ignorant blog post that gained popularity by dissing wedding filmmakers all around. The discussion is on fire on the most popular Facebook forum for wedding filmmakers Wedding Cinema & Wedding Photography. As we all know, photography is very important for the memory of a wedding but filmmaking is very important just the same. There are good people and bad people in any business, that’s as simple as it gets.

The world doesn’t revolve around self-centered artists who don’t seem to know how to balance social skills and mutual respect for their fellow vendors. Everyone has the right to be passionate and serious about their jobs. The most talented and successful in any business are the ones that know how to balance for a win/win outcome using basic communication. The fact that Emilie closed her comments appears very suspicious indicating the flood of people who disagree. Sometimes you have to take a step back and say “Maybe I’m the problem.”

Masters In Motion Live posted a more detailed reaction of this controversial article.

Posts like this are misleading and poisonous to the entire wedding industry and all potential clients involved. We will be glad to pull this post once Emilie as realized she has mad a mistake and pulls this rubbish off her public site.

Divorced NYC Man Suing Over Wedding Pics Speaks

Posted on by Daily Filmmaker in Business, In The Media, Wedding | 4 Comments


Todd Remis, Milena GrzibovskaBy JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press
January 11, 2012 (AP)

It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video.

But after being branded a “groomzilla,” Todd Remis said Tuesday his now-notorious lawsuit is about holding a business to a pledge, notholding onto a broken marriage.

“It was their failure to deliver after a promise and a handshake” agreement to retouch the photos, Remis said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “How could a business treat a customer this way?”

It was his first public response to a flurry of acidic commentary on the case in recent months.

While suits over wedding photographs aren’t unusual, what set Remis’ case apart is his mention of wanting to reconstitute the ceremony and celebration of a bygone union. He said during sworn questioning this summer that the two began divorce proceedings in 2008. The split was final in 2010, and he said he believed his ex-wife had moved back to her native Latvia.

Nonetheless, “I need to have the wedding recreated exactly as it was so that the remaining 15 percent of the wedding that was not shot can be shot” and the album and video completed “so we have memories of the wedding,” he said during his July deposition, according to a transcript. “So we would need to recreate everything to complete that.”

After his remarks about recreating the wedding appeared in a story in The New York Times in November, Remis’ quest became a punchline in quarters ranging from the legal blogosphere to the city’s tabloids. The Daily News gave him a “New York Knucklehead Award”; CNN’s Anderson Cooper included Remis on his “RidicuList.”

Remis declined through a spokeswoman to be interviewed.

Remis sued H&H Photographers in 2009, saying the venerable suburban New York studio had done a shoddy job of shooting his and Milena Grzibovska’s December 2003 wedding at a century-old hotel overlooking the Hudson River. The photographer ignored the couple’s request not to shoot in front of a mirror that ended up reflecting photographers’ lights, and the photographer and videographer left 45 minutes before the end of the reception, missing the last dance and the bouquet toss, says Remis, 44, who has worked as a stock analyst.

Grzibovska, who is in her early 30s, had come to New York in June 2002 from the University of Iceland to study how to teach English to foreign-language speakers, according to a piece that September in a Columbia University newspaper.

The couple had paid a $3,500 advance toward a $4,100 total price for the photos, part of a wedding he said cost $48,000 in all, including guests’ travel.

Still, Remis and his bride “were newly married and in love” and not looking for a fight with photographers, his statement says.

H&H co-owner Daniel Fried says he stands by the quality of the two hours of video and the hundreds of color and black-and-white photos, which were shot on film.

As for Remis’ contention that the photographers missed key pieces of the celebration by leaving early, Fried said they had provided ample coverage of the affair, including blessings that came late in the event. The hundreds of images include portraits of the couple and bridal party, images of the ceremony and pictures of the couple cutting the cake, guests dancing and other aspects of the festivities.