So, I'll be honest. I have an overly fierce reaction to photography during religious events. There is simply no good reason for people who should be prayerfully attentive to what is going on, to be Facebooking baptisms, ordination, and... funerals?! People taking "selfies" during what for many people in attendance will be the most emotional moment of the year is puerile.
The clergy are not above this behavior either and we are setting a bad example. There is no good reason to take photos of people receiving communion nor at any other moment where complete attention should be on what is going on (kneeling before the cross, at the anaphora, etc.). We really need to let the holiness of the moment be something we capture in our hearts more than in our Facebook timelines.
Am I opposed to all photography? Far from it. As anyone who has read the blog for any time can attest, I am quite fond of photos from moments in the life of our Church (with one glaring exception), but the best of our photography is often taken by someone chosen specifically for the task and not over the shoulders of others. Some priests make a special point of defining what is acceptable for photo taking (before or after service, no flash photography, etc.) either in bulletins or before a service is about to begin while others allow anything.
Does anyone know of a jurisdictional or diocesan directive in effect anywhere that deals with this topic? It would be interesting to read.