I've had four shots of espresso, and this is a rant-y thread, so it will probably be much longer than I anticipate it to be. I'll add a tl;dr at the end. The company I work for was only hired to do cinema at the last wedding I did, and the couple hired a separate company to do photography. Usually with my company the photographers we employ work around the cinematographers, basically just because we have big, clunky equipment that's hard to move around. Our usual photographers and us two cinema guys all have perfect chemistry. Sherlock and Watson. Neymar and Messi. Apparently, that chemistry doesn't exist between us and these two ladies. I was doing groom prep at the groom's house. It was already stressful because this was a very dark, messy house that was hard to film in (without getting beer bottles in every shot) and I didn't have any lights with me. So there's a knock on the door. A groomsman answers the door and this lady with a camera pops in the house. I had already been there for and hour and a half filming these guys clean some guns (it was that kind of wedding). We'll call her Karen. I don't know her real name. So she's like "Hi, I'm Karen with Unprofessionally Named Photography, inc". I won't tell you the real name of the company, but think mid-80's action movie starring Dolph Lundgren cheesy. So she shows up, photographs for about 30 minutes (while simultaneously walking into all my shots) and leaves. I continue to stay with the groomal-pary until they leave for the wedding. I don't really know what she took pictures of. I heard that shutter fire like 20 times and then she left. So the wedding starts, and they kept walking in front of my camera, especially the other lady, Jennifer FakeName. I was supposed to film the groom's reaction when the bride walked down the aisle. I couldn't do that, though, because Jennifer walks right in front of the camera. Like, 20 feet in front of me. I'm waving, trying to get her attention, but she never once looked at me. Too busy photographing. I'm in a cramped area with a huge tripod and a 70-200, and there was nowhere to go. That shot was screwed. I hope my boss got some beast video of the bride walking down the aisle, because that's all we can use besides our "backup camera", which overlooks the whole ceremony. So we go to do some personal shots of the couple. We always let the photographers do their thing and we just film the couple and wedding party, because they act pretty natural and look cute in candid stuff. These poses the photographers had them doing were not your classic newly-married-couple-and-their-wedding-party poses. They were classic mom-on-an-iphone-taking-pics-of-daughter-and-her-date-on-prom-night poses. At this point my boss and I are simply trying to contain our laughter. Again, we're just getting candid stuff of the wedding party acting natural, so the poses they do don't really matter. We're cropped waist-up in all of this video. Capturing emotion and all that. We just couldn't help but laugh because neither of us can envision a world where these pictures don't completely suck. On to the reception! The reception is in a college gymnasium, and there aren't really many good angles in here. So I grab a 85mm to film the wedding party walking in to their names being announced like some WWE wrestlers. The other cinema guy was shooting with a 24mm on a stabilizer, and he planned on staying right in front of each couple as they walked in, while walking backwards keeping around 8 or 9 feet away from them as they went to their seats. It should have been a cool video. Not only does one lady walk right in front of my shot, so I had to move and get some nasty lens flares and reflections in my video, but the other lady walks right in front of my teammate's shot. Again, he's walking backwards doing his thing, and she is walking backwards right in front of him. I can see him getting visibly upset, and this is a dude who doesn't get upset at anything. He is the biggest jokester in the universe. This lady has a freaking 70-200 lens and she's right up in everyone's faces. So they basically did this the rest of the night. Filming everyone dancing was a challenge, because they were in every freaking shot. tl;dr 2 cinematographers, me and another guy. We worked with another company who was doing photos and they sucked and kept getting in all of our shots. It was mother hugging ridiculous. We asked them a few times politely to move, and they would for a couple milliseconds, then go right back to in front of us. tl;dr It was already a difficult wedding to film. I know for a fact that my poor boss was traumatized filming the bride prep. Terrible lighting, terrible location, lots of tattoos. All I know is he had to hang the dress in a tree to get a good video of it. And my video of the groom prep is all from the same angle, in the same spot, with the same lighting, because I didn't quite like all the pornography hung on every wall in the house. So this this video was already not destined to be our best video ever, but these photographer ladies' butts in every freaking shot did not help. If I was into conspiracy theories, I would think they were purposely trying to wreck our video. They weren't of course, but they unintentionally did their best job at it. ANYWAY, how would you guys deal with this? Thanks for reading all of this crap, if you did indeed read all of this crap.