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Wedding Crashers Caught On Video Stealing Photo Equipment
John Strohsacker, Photographer
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 2:19 PM on 09.21.07
->> "Local Wedding Crashers Steal Camera Equipment" by CBS Dallas/Fort Worth on June 6th 2007
http://cbs11tv.com/video/?id=18845@ktvt.dayport.com
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Rodrigo Gaya, Student/Intern
Miami/Ann Arbor | FL/MI | | Posted: 3:07 PM on 09.21.07
->> Wow, i feel really bad for the guy... but thats why you should never get too comfortable with leaving your equipment around.
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 3:19 PM on 09.21.07
->> As the third shooter/assistant, I learn a lot in my first ever wedding two weeks ago. One of main responsilibities was watching over the gear from this exact occurence. I know not all wedding photographers have the option for a third member let alone one assistant but I sure hope this shooter was at least insured.

What disturbs me the most is that shooter lost the most important item on hand, the images. The first rule told to me was not to store the CF cards in my bag. But to have them accounted for, on me at all times. The gear is replaceable. The files created are not.
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Richard Denham, Photographer
Toronto/Buffalo/Niagara | On | Canada | Posted: 3:20 PM on 09.21.07
->> that's why my bodies stay with me, i shoot on 4gb cards, and by backpack gets locked up to the dj equipment in plain old view of the dj. if i can not lock it up, it goes in my car and i use my think tank speed belt. all in all though, i feel real sorry for the couples, the thieves should feel bad enough for what they did, but i don't think they realize that they also stole a days worth of memories that can most likely not be replaced.
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Bryan Hulse, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | Co | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 09.21.07
->> I either have my extra stuff in Pelican cases, locked in a fairly open area, or hire my son to hang out with my idle equipment. I pay him $50 bucks to basically sit and do homework for several hours.
I am very trusting and have not had a problem, but a little paranoia can save lots of headaches and dollars in the long run.
I feel bad for the bride, groom and photographer.
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Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 2:17 PM on 09.22.07
->> That sucks. I wonder if the photographer has some sort of clause in his contract that covers stolen equipment. Not only did he lose his gear, but I am curious if the wedding parties made him refund their money as well.

People bite sometimes...

:~)
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 12:24 AM on 09.23.07
->> I have lugged a few speakers in payment for equipment babysitting. Hopefully with the video, the authorities can catch the scum buckets.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 10:49 PM on 09.23.07
->> I just emailed my boss about this... now we gotta figure out where to put it in our contracts.
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Garrett Hubbard, Photographer
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 11:26 PM on 09.23.07
->> wow. that's totally lame.

I'd be crushed if I lost those images.
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 10:22 AM on 09.24.07
->> Wondering if the bride or groom hired someone....you know...to get free images.
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Richard Denham, Photographer
Toronto/Buffalo/Niagara | On | Canada | Posted: 10:44 AM on 09.24.07
->> "Wondering if the bride or groom hired someone....you know...to get free images."

C'mon, 3 brides, on the same night!
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Chad Greene, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 09.24.07
->> Actually the photographer in the video is a friend of mine, his name is Mike Lewis. He has worked for newspapers for many years (back when people still used film) and decided he could make more money shooting weddings several years back. The theft happened early and he found out about it soon afterward so he was able to re-shoot most of the images, so the wedding party still has their memories.

He knew one of the other wedding photographers who lost equipment at another hotel and he has also been a long time shooter. Nobody was a new photographer or giving images away for free.

I don’t think they will ever catch the people who did this, there is a good chance they were from out of town from what I understand. On the bright side though, an employee at a local paper started a fund for Mike and through contributions of former clients and community members was able to raise a couple thousand dollars to help with the loss of his equipment.
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Mark D Murphy, Photographer
Blue Point | NY | USA | Posted: 12:36 PM on 09.24.07
->> Chad,

Let us know where to make a donation for Mike

Mark
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 12:52 PM on 09.24.07
->> It is good to hear not all is lost.
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JohnPaul Greco, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukee | WI | USA | Posted: 5:25 PM on 09.24.07
->> Wow... that is.....very...not good!

I just returned from a wedding in Ohio yesterday,...where that could have happened to me & or my partner too.. It's one of those things where I just don't put a lot of thought of that happening at a wedding,...because if my stuff gets ripped off,...the wedding party is out of luck.. However, crashers don't have the same thought process..

I was assisting for a local photographer on a street fashion shoot several years ago, when I spotted someone attempting to nab a gear bag.. Ever since then, I have inter locked my straps & buckles so that if someone tried to grab a bag, they would also have to drag a lot of other stuff along with them as well.. which would be quite obvious, & loud!

My feelings are with the photographers & families who were victimized by these two losers! I hope these guys have some decency to at least return the memory cards to the photographers.. In addition to that, I hope they are caught, and prosecuted to the fullest!

JP JDS1.com
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 3:44 AM on 09.25.07
->> Maybe they'll try to sell the images online to the wedding parties...and get caught that way.
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Liane Rebeka Gersich, Photographer, Assistant
Madison | WI | USA | Posted: 2:39 PM on 09.25.07
->> OOooooooo......This really makes me angry! That's really too bad.

After shooting many weddings in the Chicago area here's a few tips I picked up.
1. Don't leave stuff in the car EVER! Not even change, CDs or flash cards.
2. Take only what you need. I usually take 2 sets of batteries, battery charger, card clam, monopod, extra body, 2 lenses. It all fits in my small waist bag.
3. Don't let the bag out of your sight.
4. Keep cards in your jacket pocket and extra batteries in the other. I usually plug the battery chargers in next to the head table.
5. Don't trust anyone to 'watch' your stuff, not even the DJ, they are often distracted and will walk away.
6. Take your camera to the bathroom with you. Be sure to put the lens cap on so people don't get any wrong ideas. Yeah, it looks goofy but oh well.
7. If you think it won't happen, it probably will. Hire an assistant for when you're in a pickle. It's money well-spent.
You just never know. If a thief wants it bad enough, they'll find a way. I hope this is helpful. Does anyone have ideas on how to keep things safe?
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