It is the most sought-after of wedding photography props.
It is also the most expensive.
Photojournalists are among the highest paid, with salaries of $150,000 to $400,000.
For wedding photographers, this is a massive financial windfall, but it also brings a significant set of ethical and practical concerns.
The ethical dilemma A wedding photographer must have the necessary professional skills, and the right mindset to be able to effectively photograph a couple.
The ethical dilemma: You don’t need the money Photographers are not professionals.
There are plenty of other options for weddings, from photography equipment, to lighting and location, to logistics.
Photography has its place, but many photographers choose to ignore their professional obligations and go ahead with the event, without the knowledge that they may be putting others at risk.
In a world of information overload, there is a real risk that an inexperienced wedding photographer might go off the rails and endanger the wedding day.
What are the ethical issues involved?
One of the most contentious ethical questions is how a photographer should handle the situation when there is no wedding photographer available to perform the event.
Many photographers choose not to work in the wedding venue and instead choose to film at home.
Others choose to make the wedding their own and film the entire event.
Some photographers choose instead to film wedding guests, which is also a serious ethical issue.
A professional photographer should be able and willing to act in the best interest of the wedding guests.
This includes protecting their privacy, and not compromising the integrity of the event or the photographer’s reputation.
If the photographer doesn’t have the requisite professional skills or is unaware of their obligations, they should contact the wedding photographer to inquire about their options.
Professional photographers should also be able handle the ethical issue of not getting paid for a photograph.
They should be willing to accept a large percentage of the fee from the photographer for a wedding photograph.
For instance, if a photographer is only paid $150 for a single wedding photograph, the photographer would be able negotiate the fee in exchange for the right to make a wedding documentary.
A wedding photographer would then receive the full amount of the fees that they are owed, regardless of whether they are willing to make these photographs.
An alternative ethical option is to have a separate, third party photographer perform the wedding photography.
This is usually considered the safest option.
“If a photographer chooses to do this, then they will need to pay their own fees and have to keep the confidentiality of their own professional image,” said Sharmila Singh, who teaches wedding photography ethics at the University of Cambridge.
Singh says that even if a wedding photographer does have the required professional skills and the experience to properly document a wedding, the ethics of the photographer must still be considered.
“If you do not have a professional image that you want to make public, it’s hard to be ethical when you are not doing the right thing.
If you are doing this because you think you are above the law, then you are in breach of your obligations.”
The photographer should also understand the ethical responsibilities of having to protect the privacy of the guests, as well as the responsibility to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the couple, and be responsible for the integrity and safety of the venue.
In the case of a non-professional wedding photographer, Singh says, the wedding may not be worth the financial risk of the photojournalist and the bride.
“For many wedding photographers and photographers who are in the business for the sake of business, this can be very tempting,” she said.
“But if you have a genuine desire to get married and are going to the wedding, it is not worth the risk to risk your reputation and your personal life.”
A photographer should not be considered to be a professional if they have not completed their training or have been involved in a professional conflict, such as a photographer who refused to accept payment for a photo.
The professional photographer is an independent party and should be aware of the professional obligations of the bride and groom.
Can a wedding venue make a choice for the photographer?
Singham says that the issue is far from clear cut.
You need to weigh up all the pros and cons.
If a wedding photography professional is able to photograph a wedding and can ensure the privacy, safety and integrity of both the guests and the wedding itself, then the venue should decide whether they will be happy with the photographer.
But for a photographer to be considered a professional, they must have completed their professional training.
This could mean working with a wedding gallery, an independent wedding photographer or, in some cases, a professional wedding photographer themselves.
This is a decision the venue has to make, and it should be done in consultation with the wedding celebrant, who is likely to have their own ethical issues.
In many cases, venues will be reluctant