Hi All - I work as a nature and travel writer and photographer. Which is my way of clarifying I know very little about wedding photography. Therefore, it's possible my impression here is totally off. I would appreciate some feedback from those who do weddings professionally so I can better understand protocol. Yesterday I attended my niece's wedding at a community church. This is the third wedding I've attended where something of this sort occurred. My niece and her now husband hired a company to do both their still photography and videography. During the ceremony, the photographer and videographer set up in the main aisle to shoot the proceedings. By doing so, they obstructed the view of the minister and wedding party for a good portion of the audience. In addition, the photographer twice interfered with the proceedings by walking between the bride and the groom and also walked in front of the minister twice - both times while the minister was speaking. He also used heavy flash [There seemed abundant natural life from the glass wall behind the alter, but as I said, I don't shot weddings and the flash may have been needed as fill or to balance the light.] that appeared to blind the officiant and attendants. Meanwhile, the videographer was similarly disruptive and, at one point, asked an entire row of people to move aside so he could relocate his cameras. During the early part of the reception, as people were arriving in the hall, a number of guests were attempting to take cell-phone pictures of the reception hall. The person who appeared to be the photographer's assistant arrived and immediately began telling guests they were not permitted to take pictures. She was, imo, quite rude in her approach. I well understand that when a photographer is attempting to work it may be annoying to have "civilians" nearby using cameras or cell phones to capture the same scene. However, this did not appear to be an issue at that point since the photographer was busy with the wedding party. When the photographer came into the venue, he began ordering people around, telling them to get out of his way and ordering staff to lower lights and to restrain from serving food. Again, I could maybe understand asking people -- politely -- if they might move should they interfere with his work. However, this did not appear to be an issue. At the very least, I would have expected a professional to behave in a more respectful manner. I know my niece has a contract with this particular photography firm. The contract stipulates time, location, type images, and the standard clauses concerning payment, cancellation, etc. No one has yet seen the results of the photography or videography, so that is not what I'm trying to address. Since this is not the first time in recent years I have witnessed what I term unprofessional and rude behavior on part of the wedding photographer, I''m trying to figure out what is considered acceptable. Am I misunderstanding the role of a wedding photographer? Is this type thing common? Should behavior be included in a contract, or at least discussed pre-wedding? Any insight into this situation will be very welcome. Thanks!