This is me working during a wedding beautifully photographed by my friend photographer Charlie Campey

This is me working during a wedding beautifully photographed by my friend photographer Charlie Campey

5 SECRETS VIDEOGRAPHERS
DON’T SHARE WITH THEIR CLIENTS


1. Wedding Videographers need Good Light and you can help

We all like pleasant light when we see it (although we might not know how to look for it). The human eye (and the brain) is incredibly sophisticated and can adjust and juggle a range of light cameras can’t. Therefore, we need to look for and find good quality light to work with on wedding days. Fior example, Dark venues will often have indoor tungsten (yellow) lighting, which contends with the essentially white natural light outside and messes up your lovely skin tones. This is where you can help.

  • Ask your make up artist to do your make-up using a big window and natural light only (sometimes this is not possible in a given room, so discuss this with your venue)

  • Get professional lighting for your reception (as a wedding videographer, I tend to carry my own light, but sometimes it’s either not enough or not practical to light the scene myself).

  • Don’t cut your cake in a dark corner of the reception room - if in doubt, use the centre of the dance floor, which will be lit for the first dance anyway!

  • Talk to your photographer to organise your couple photo shoot at golden hour (and not straight after the ceremony, when the light is harshest).

  • For fireworks displays let your wedding videographer know where you want to stand (UK weddings can be incredibly organised but still, you are the stars of the show, so I want to make sure I capture you on a prime location).

2. Prepare your Own Vows for your Wedding Ceremony

Custom vows add a layer of emotion and personality to your film. They’re your words and thoughts and give wedding videographers extra voice content to work with. Not all brides do speeches, so this is a way of getting some personalised lines about your spouse to be in the film. As I keep saying, audio is incredibly important. Custom vows work best on civil ceremonies, whilst religious ones tend to have the weight of tradition behind them. Of course, if you aren’t set on having a civil ceremony, you might want to consider a humanist celebrant. Whilst they don’t have legal value (you have to go into the registry office beforehand), humanist celebrants can tailor a ceremony to your own taste and it will fit your personality like a glove.

3. Make sure you Good Speech Speech

A good speech is sparse in the thank yous department and will address key people; in particular the ones who can take credit for getting you to that moment: your parents, your in-laws, your closest friends and of course, your newly wedded wife. Where I come from weddings don’t traditionally have speeches; at least not in the sense and rigid tradition of the English speaking countries’. In that case, the music and the vows will play a much bigger role in driving the story forward. However, my job as a wedding videographer working in London (and the UK as a whole) is made a lot easier in British weddings, where the father of the bride, the groom and the bestman are always expected to say something. The speech by one (or both of the couple) is definitely the most awaited of the day. A good speech fills the room and gets everyone emotional before the dancing & partying. In the end of the day, the wedding is about you and everyone want to hear what you have to say. As I hint above, as a wedding videographer, I use wedding speeches to drive the story forward; to introduce moments of humour or wit. In short, to make your wedding film entirely yours.

4. Choose a Wedding photographer and a Wedding videographer who can work together

Wedding photographer and videographers are a special breed in their own professions/industries. It requires a special set of skills to know how to be and how to approach unobtrusively the various events and celebrations of a wedding. To make the most out of it, however, photographers and videographers need to be team players and to compromise and work together. No one wants to be the one to approach the couple to tell them a supplier is not cooperating; the couple are there to have a good time and they’re paying a wedding videographer and a wedding photographer good money to be there, perform their magic and give them peace of mind.

5. Choose a wedding videographer that touches our heart

This should be probably be in the first place. Don’t choose a videographer based on cost alone. This is quite evident, but sometimes we get entangled in price choices when in reality the choice is pretty evident. Wedding videography is highly subjective, but you tend to get what you pay for. There is not to say there aren’t lousy videographers charging truckloads of money for mediocre films and amazing videographers who don’t feel the pressure of working for a living and have great films for affordable prices. As a general rule though, it’s very difficult in the UK someone to be running a business shooting wedding videos for less than £1500 - I’m talking about a healthy business with backup kit, insurance, contracts, a proper website and domain, etc. The deciding factor should be whether you see yourself happy by having your day captured by that videographer with a given style. In the end, you have to be able to afford it, but that’s why I advise my couples to skip videography if they cannot afford it. Videography is a luxury product and it should be treated that way!