The whole point of a wedding videographer is to capture your big day to relive it again and reminisce on it years later. You want to remember every part of your wedding day, and that’s why you’re here. I’m not saying this because I’m a videographer either. This is one of the best decisions you could have made. You owe it to yourself and your future family to remember this day.
But how can you make this video one you’ll love? You’re investing a lot of money into this momentous occasion and you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible image. So, here are a few tips to help make sure you’re getting a video you’ll love.
Find the light.
When you’re picking a place to get ready, it’s best to look for a room with a window. Natural light will always be the best way to make sure your photographer and videographer get the most beautiful, and most well lit, pictures possible. Even when you’re getting your hair and makeup done, place your chair in front of the window. Your stylist will also thank you for the extra lighting.
On her wedding day, for example, Zach chose to get ready in one of the guest rooms at the Vinosky Winery. And when it came time for her to step into his suit, we asked her to do so in front of the window to take advantage of the natural light. It ultimately made everyone’s skin tones in the picture perfect. The proof is in the pudding though, just take a look at the beautiful shots we got!
Now, if you can’t find a room with a window, don’t worry. Your videographer or photographer can find a place to get the final touches. You could even have someone from your bridal party tag along to do the last few buttons of your dress in that different location.
Write a love letter.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know we don’t get tired of suggesting this and that’s because we love using the audio we get from the letter exchanges. It helps to tell the story of your big day. And if you’ve seen any of our videos, you know this is true! Nothing is better than hearing your significant other talking about how much they love you.
Communication is key.
It is imperative that you tell your videographer your vision. Tell them about what you’re looking forward to seeing your video. Tell them about any surprises you have planned. The more we know, the better we can prepare and the better your video will be.
A clear itinerary is especially important to us. It’s not like we walk in with our cameras at the ready, fingers hovering over the record button. We have to set up tripods and audio equipment. We need to plan our moves with the photographer and talk to the officiant or coordinator to make sure we’re sticking to their guidelines. We ultimately come up with a plan to follow, and even though we are pretty flexible, having an itinerary is key to making sure we’re staying on top of everything that’s happening. It’s a way to make sure we don’t miss any important moments as well.
Communication doesn’t stop there either. Sometimes, the details aren’t even apart of the wedding. Talk to your videographer about how you met and how you got engaged. These details will help us get to know you and your relationship so we know what to look for and what to highlight when editing the video. It’s our mission to find and capture the most valuable moments after all.
You’ve probably spent a lot of time hunting down the right videographer. You’ve spent hours hunched over a computer looking at portfolios and reading reviews. Before booking, you should have a pretty good idea of their style, personality, and quality of work. And don’t forget, you’ll be spending the whole day with this person. If you have concerns about any of those aspects, don’t book them! You should hire someone you completely trust. Communication is important but you shouldn’t feel the need to micromanage their every move. We also do our best work when you give us your trust.
It’s your wedding. Have fun!
There will be a lot going on the day of your wedding, but don’t forget to stay present. In fact, the only thing on your mind should be the fact that you’re getting married to the love of your life and that your family and friends are here to celebrate with you. Go with the flow of things and enjoy your day. Your vendors will take care of everything else.
But why is it important to have fun? How will it affect your video? Your emotions will come through on camera and this will be a video you watch for many years to come. If you’re stressed or tense, that’s what the cameras will see and thus, what you will see looking back. So, take a deep breath. Heck, even take a shot of whiskey if you need it to help settle the nerves. Then, let your big day happen.