Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why Hire a Professional Wedding Videographer?

I am a professional wedding videographer and let me start by saying that I made the same mistake that many brides make, I had friends and family film my wedding. I thought that since most of my friends are good with cameras and are very artsy and talented, that I would just leave the filming up to them, then create my masterpiece in post production myself. We had 4 people filming and although they all did a very nice job, they also all pretty much made the same mistakes

This is what happened 8 years ago. All of them filmed the "interesting bits" of my 15 minute ceremony. Which means the "non-interesting" bits that I would love to have documented...are not. We had an outdoor wedding and so the camera's did not pick up our vows over the wind, even though we spoke into a microphone. What we needed of course was a tiny wireless mic that goes to the camera. I thankfully have my dad's toast on camera, but not Jeff's because it was impromptu and no one wanted to miss any of it by fumbling for the video camera.

So I did edit it nicely but I have a mish-mosh of a wedding video and when I watch, I always wish for a little bit more.

This is what a professional videographer will do, that your friend's and/or family won't do:

1. A professional videographer will not cry as you walk down the aisle, he/she will focus, zoom, iris and, perhaps re-white balance when you get to the end of the aisle if the other camera has a good shot and that videographer has his/her hands off the camera so that his footage is definitely usable during editing rather than the few seconds of re-white footage.
2. Leave the cameras running for the whole ceremony (not just the "interesting bits").
3. Switch between 2 cameras so that you get two different views of the ceremony and so that you don't have to watch the "moves" of each camera as the videographer readjusts the shot.
4. Use a good heavy tripod that keeps the camera from wiggling.
5. Hook you up quickly and discreetly with a tiny wireless mic so even if the church or outdoor sound system messes up (which it often does) you still have the vows recorded nicely on camera.
6. Film the stuff that you don't see while you are busy with your the flower girl finding a ladybug in her flower basket or the bridesmaids rubbing their sore feet from wearing their super cute heels on the soft grass during long photo shoots, and the sun glinting on the veil....oh the list goes on.
7. The food (no one else will film the food but you will want to remember it!!).
8. Use a camera light during toasts and dancing so that you can see what is going on.
9. Be there to steadily film everyone dancing to "Low" and "Superman" and perhaps even doing the Gator chomp.
10. Be there to steadily film "shots all around."
11. Get the last dance, and/or the car peeling away from the curb to get to that honeymoon!!
9. Brighten up footage during post production
10. Edit out the "junk footage" and maybe a drunk toast here and there at the bride's request.
11. Put together a wedding video that was filmed like a fly on the wall, and views like you are in the middle of all the action.

As a wedding videographer, what I always hear when I tell people my profession is, "Oh, I wish I knew about you when I got married. The one thing I regret is not having a professional wedding video."

I myself did not want a wedding video because I did not want a weird dude who films weddings and porn, running around my beautiful ceremony, sticking his camera in everyone's face and asking them to talk. It doesn't have to be like that. Just make sure you meet your videographer ahead of time, or at least talk to them on the phone. Tell them what you are envisioning their roll to be in your wedding, and perhaps even ask what they wear, so that you don't have to worry about someone showing up in a white T-shirt.

OK so I may be biased, but now, after being married almost 8 years, watching my wedding video is my favorite way to reminisce. When I want to look back at my wedding, I do have my photos there which I look at every few months or so and they are amazing (and professional). But I have to say that the biggest treat is my mish-mosh of a wedding video. My biggest regret is that I didn't hire a professional to film it.

I will dig out my video and post it in a few days so you can see what I am talking about. But for now, here is a very short highlight that I threw example of a video filmed and edited by, yes, a professional. Check it out: (look for the "little extras" that Uncle Joe would probably not film.)

1 comment:

  1. Very informative, thank you. You've got me convinced!


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