Your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life, and hiring a wedding videographer is a great way to ensure that you can relive those memories for years to come. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your wedding videographer, written by premium quality wedding videographers, Lifestyle Visuals:
1. Introduce your Photographer & Videographer
A good videographer will work seamlessly with your photographer and vice versa. Introducing them to one another before the wedding is always a great idea (usually via email), this allows a friendly conversation to start before the wedding morning. Having a videographer and photographer who work well together is key to capturing all the best moments of your day. They’ll be able to work back and forth during the couples shoot, ensuring you get stunning cohesive images and video footage.
2. Don’t rush your speeches
The speeches at your wedding are often an emotional and meaningful part of the day, and your videographer will want to capture them in full. So, even if you’re feeling nervous, try to take your time, read slowly, address the room and most importantly enjoy the moment! Your videographer will be able to use the audio from the speeches to create a narrative for your wedding film, so make sure they’re captured clearly.
3. Personalised vows or letter reading
Personalised vows or reading out a letter to one another can really add a personal touch to your wedding film. It’s a great way to show your love and affection for one another, and your videographer will be able to capture these special moments with audio. Again this makes for great film narrative, so make sure your videographer is aware in advance.
4. Allow enough time for couples shoots
Your wedding videographer will likely want to capture some beautiful shots of just the two of you, so make sure you allow enough time in your schedule for this. Whether it’s a quick photo session after the ceremony or a more extended shoot after the reception, make sure you have some alone time set aside for your photographer & videographer to capture those special moments. These are often the favourite images from the day.
5. Plan for sunset golden hour shots
The “golden hour” is the time just before sunset when the light is soft and warm, creating a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. If you’re planning a summer wedding, make sure to let your videographer know you’re keen for golden hour shots. Although a golden glow is never guaranteed, the early evening light is often far more flattering no matter what. A second round of couples shots is always recommended – You’re videographer will love you for this! Timewise – A 30 min slot for your main couples shots is ample. A secondary 15-20min slot for golden hour is perfect. You’re photographer & Videographer will work side by side again during these times.
6. Don’t be afraid of the camera
Some couples may feel a bit nervous about being in front of the camera during the day, but it’s important to remember that this is all about you and your partner. A good videographer will make you feel relaxed and at ease, blending in with your friends and family. The resulting footage will be natural and beautiful. Posing is not essential, walking and talking while acting natural makes for amazing video footage. A pre-wedding shoot can help ease your nerves and make you feel more comfortable in front of the camera. It’s highly likely you’ll forget the cameras are even there.
7. Communicate openly with your videographer (no secrets!)
To ensure that your videographer captures all the special moments of your day, it’s essential to communicate openly with them. Let them know about any specific moments or surprises. Surprises are always great for guests at the wedding, but they should never be a surprise to your photographer or videographer – they need to be aware in order to capture the moment perfectly (we can keep a secret – honest). Surprises could be anything from singing waiters, an extra speech or even your beloved dog trotting down the isle with the rings! With good communication, your videographer will be able to create a wedding film that truly represents your unique love story.
By following these tips, you’ll be sure to end up with a beautiful and unique wedding film that you’ll treasure forever.
At Lifestyle Visuals we’re always happy to give couples general advise, and tips on timings to help things run smoothly. All bookings include a virtual consultation to discuss your plans, and you’ll receive a questionnaire before the wedding day to let us know your schedule of events and of any last-minute changes.
It’s important to remember that it’s your special day, so don’t stress if timings start to slip, it’s more common than not. We’re always light on our feet, and ready to capture those little moments as they unfold.
Good luck with your wedding planning!
Written by Chris Wardle – Lifestyle Visuals (Wedding Videography)