If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll need to decide whether you want to organise photography and videography services to capture the moment. To save expense, many couples opt to have their weddings captured for posterity using willing family and friends.
What goes into making good wedding photography and videography? Planning and preparation are both key to getting a good result. Photographing an event can be hard work. When the event is something that can’t easily be recreated, like a wedding, the pressure can be intense.
If you plan to press a friend or family into service for wedding photography or videography duties, talk ahead of time about the equipment you’ll need to scare up. This may include extra cameras, batteries, lighting, tripods, extension cords, and sound equipment. You may also want to locate an assistant or two. An extra pair of hands never hurts. Also talk about the “must-have” shots so your volunteers can make snap decisions if necessary.
Work with the venue to make sure your photographer has access to the space where your wedding will occur. Being able to see the venue and its layout will help the photographer/videographer plan. Also ask your crew to talk to the officiant about what is permitted during the ceremony in terms of photography and videography.
As the guest are assembling in the venue, the videographer should be collecting shots of the guests for insertion into the wedding video. These shots are hard to take during the wedding but add a professional touch to the finished product.
On the big day, have someone point out the important people to the photographer and/or videographer. Make sure the entire ceremony is covered and talk to the imaging team about whether or when they should leave to cover the reception. Make sure they have plenty of recording media, whether that’s tape or magnetic media if they’re recording digitally.
If your volunteer can edit the material, that’s great. If not, plan to turn over the raw footage to a professional who can assemble the wedding video. Before you turn over the video, make a copy for safekeeping. If you’ve got the material on disc, burn a copy off to CD or DVD.
Finally, remember that you haven’t hired a professional, so it’s not likely that you’ll get a Hollywood-quality video production. Keep your expectations in check and you’re likely to be thrilled with the results.