Whether you look at videography as a hobby or a serious career, chances are you’ll have to shoot a wedding at some point. While it’s probably one of the challenging types of video you’ll have to do at the beginning of your career, it will be just as an enriching. Wedding videos aren’t easy but once you’ve mastered them, you can start making a living off of them. They can be the difference between having to keep your day job and making it as a professional videographer.
The trick is understanding that weddings are really hectic events and that capturing the moment will require agility and quick thinking. To allow your more creative side to take the lead, you’ll need to get the practical aspects down and ready. Make sure to follow these practical tips for shooting an amazing wedding video every time:
Set the Right Expectations
One videographer won’t be able to capture every single aspect of the ceremony. Make sure the bride and groom understand that. That way they can decide if they want to increase their budget to include an extra camera person. If not, make sure you talk over what they will want you to focus on and be clear about how long you will be staying and what kind of shots you’ll be getting.
As mentioned before, weddings are hectic. Everyone’s moving from one side to the other, there’s waiters, musicians, guests, and planners all going from place to place at any given time. There’s dancing, drinking, speeches, and emotions are running high. There’s a lot happening at any given time, and you need to be aware of it so plan ahead. This means, you’re better off with just basic equipment, memories, batteries, a tripod, a microphone, headphones, should suffice. There’s no need to bring complicated lights that you might not even use anyway.
If there’s a wedding planner, you want to talk to them before the wedding and go over the ceremony step by step, so that you know what you need to focus on at every second. You should also arrive at least half an hour earlier to set up and study the venue if you haven’t already done so. While you’re exploring the place, take the time to think about different angles you could be shooting from and, of course, always take note of the lighting situation.
Coordinate with the Still Photographer
Most weddings have a professional still photographer. And most still photographers have a pretty solid plan, they’ve usually figured out where they’re going to take the wedding party for their pictures, and how long they’re going to have them pose. You can piggyback off of the photographer to get some candid shots of the bride and groom while they’re posing for the wedding session.
As long as you’re friendly and don’t interfere with their work, most photographers will be happy to let you shoot while they do their work. Just make sure you let them lead the session and get their job done. Remember it’s their session and you’re just coming along.