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Wedding Videography Tips for Brides

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By Jovia D’Souza

Beautiful films that tell a love story or what the day means to the couple are always valuable and exciting. Wedding videos can be full in that they cover the wedding ceremony in entirety, including speeches and everything in between or they can be short just highlighting the couple as individuals and as one. Your preferences should guide you in making the best videos you will enjoy years after the wedding.

Even though everyone attending the wedding is important in one way or another, the bride seems to always take the day. All eyes are usually on the bride and as the bride you need to be at your best in the wedding video. A little preplanning can go a long way in ensuring that your wedding videographer accounts for every frame.

Tip 1 – Let your videographer know about lighting in the wedding venue and if possible let them visit the venue before the wedding. This is a simple way of ensuring that they are able to capture the clearest images possible in relation to the lighting conditions.

Tip 2 – For indoor venues, make sure that your videographer is conversant with low wattage camera features so that he is able to diffuse light and spread it evenly for best video results. The lights should be turned up for special moments such as cake cutting, toasts, garter removal and bouquet tossing.

Tip 3 – To make outdoor wedding videos stunning, ensure that you are not in direct sunlight as a couple because this only washes out the vibrant colors making your wedding video dull. Consider canopies and shady areas that allow some light, but keeps direct sunlight out.

Tip 4 – Avoid chewing gum and other habits that do not come out well on video. It also helps to request that the bridal party keeps off such habits; provide mints if need be to avoid chewing gums moments. If you are working with a professional wedding videographer, you do not have to worry about unsightly eating, smoking or gum chewing moments on your video because they know best not to record such.

Tip 5 – Be as natural as you can and request same ease from the bridal party. Reacting to camera presence is not advisable so avoid turning back on camera or waving and smiling too hard when the camera rests on you. It is advisable that you look at the photographer rather than the videographer unless otherwise requested when you are not very sure of where to look.

Tip 6 – For unobtrusive shots during the vow exchange, face each other as a couple or face the guests rather than the officiator of the wedding. If this proves to be a challenge, then your videographer should use small hidden cameras in strategic ceremony location areas to get multiple camera angles he can incorporate when editing the video.

Tip 7 – If the ceremony has key moments such as unity candle lighting or sand ceremony, make sure that you stand directly in front of a vase or candle to avoid blocking. Exchange of rings should be done in a similar manner.

Raleigh wedding videography can be done to match your personal preferences in terms of length and what needs to be covered. Choose an experienced Raleigh wedding videographer to get quality footage you will enjoy years down the line.

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December 29, 2016 |

Guarantee That Wedding Pictures Look Gorgeous

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By Irene Gutierrez

Clothes that fit

Make sure that all of the clothing fits properly. Clothing that is too loose can easily make a thin person look overweight and will look sloppy, but clothing that is too tight can make it appear as though some members of the wedding party are a bit on the heavier side. When guests look at wedding photos, it is one of the first things that will be noticed.

Instead of dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, soon to be brides are advised to put aside money for dresses and custom shirts, and then get them a month or so before the big day arrives to guarantee that they still fit properly. Most businesses can give an accurate price estimate to ensure that wedding couples have the correct amount of money put back.


A few key accessories can really make a wedding picture pop. Instead of just black and white, add in a pop of colour with a baby blue silk tie or handkerchief. Other ways to add colour to a wedding portrait include:

• Colourful ties look great against a white made to measure shirt

• A silk handkerchief in the pocket of a made to measure shirt

• Cummerbunds in coordinating colours

• A patterned vest

• Chequered socks

Accessorising is not just for the men. Women can dress up even more with curly hair, golden bun holders, and made to measure accessories. For beach weddings, check out the made to measure tote style bags, and for more elegant weddings, a silk hair accessory is the perfect touch.

Colour Coordinate

When couples let the wedding party buy their own attire, it can save a lot of money. On the other hand, it can also result in one person having a baby blue tie and another with a dark blue tie. Instead, take the time to select a tailoring company that specialises in made to measure shirts and accessories, and then send the entire wedding party to the same business. Speak with the owners first to make sure that everyone is on the same page, and that everyone looks the same. Whether it’s custom designed shirts or the colour of a silk handkerchief, it can make the world of difference when it comes time to take pictures.

By guaranteeing that a photographer has the experience and knowledge necessary and paying attention to the minor details, such as investing in some made to measure shirts and key coordinating accessories, every bride will wind up with pictures that will make them smile from ear to ear instead of being horrified when it comes time to pick out which pictures will make it into the wedding album. There will always be a few pictures that are taken at a less than desirable angle or that one person does not look perfect in, but there should also be more good pictures than bad ones. Following these tips will give every bride the peace of mind that they need to simply trust their photographer to take an album full of fantastic photos.

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December 29, 2016 |

Effective Ways to Cut Down Wedding Costs

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By Joncarla Domingo Sese

All brides dream of a wedding with an endless budget, but the actual cost of wedding details can quickly empty the wallet and cause pressure to couples. Wedding spending has drastically increased in the last decade. Most couples admit they’ve gone over initial budget because of unplanned upgrades. You don’t have to break the bank to get the wedding of your dreams. If you know how to work around a few key wedding elements, you can stay on your budget without cutting quality or losing ‘wow’ factor you’ve imagined.

1. Steer clear from expensive Saturday bookings

Saturday is the most coveted day for a wedding. This is why it is costly, not to mention taxing, to book a Saturday wedding. Some couples have to wait a year to get a Saturday slot on their preferred date and venue. Great savings can be made from booking a Sunday or Friday wedding. Also, price negotiations with vendors are easier since there isn’t as much competition for services.

2. Go easy on wedding stationery

Wedding stationery can easily eat up a percentage of your budget if you let yourself get carried away with the extras you don’t need like lined envelopes, foil stamping and high-grade fiber paper stock. Remember, expenses don’t end on invitations. You still have to send them out and postage is an added cost.

You can save on excessive spending by opting for simpler alternatives to your paper goods. Know that you can have classy invites even with standard card stock. If you do your research well, you can find invitation vendors offering quality wedding cards and printing services at a cheaper price. Instead of hiring a calligrapher, consider printing addresses on envelopes.

3. Be flexible with your flower choices

You don’t need a specific flower to achieve a certain look. Talk to your florist about cheaper alternatives to steal colour and texture of your desired arrangement. Florists can always suggest in-season flowers at a lower price, reducing cost up to 70% without giving up on quality.

4. Stand by the favorites

It’s nice having something exotic to offer guests but it’s not budget-friendly. Catering companies charge less for common comfort dishes and your not-so-adventurous guests will surely appreciate you for making a safe choice. It’s also a good practice to ask your caterer about all-inclusive packages you can take advantage off.

5. Go for bigger tables

Often, caterers offer a range of table sizes to accommodate guests. By opting for bigger tables, you can save on a few elements such as linen sets and centerpieces.

6. Control alcohol selection

If an open bar is a must, ask the venue manager if a BYOB is possible. Controlling alcohol selection to just beer and wine and some common cocktails can save you from spending hundreds of dollars on drinks. You can also arrange a ‘Stock the Bar’ party where guests can bring a bottle of liquor or champagne as gifts to be used at the reception.

You don’t have to break the bank to have a lavish wedding. With all the expenses lined up like the honeymoon and home buying, saving money has never become more important.

Joncarla Domingo Sese is a VA and Project Manager who’s worked with many entrepreneurs in and outside the United States. She is currently working as a full time happiness engineer for Padlet (formerly Wallwisher Inc). During her free time, she reads ( and sometimes write) articles related to parenting, food, and wedding. You can visit her blog at

Carla lives in Angeles City with her husband, Sean and daughter, Janella. Tweet with Carla @joncarlasmile

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December 29, 2016 |

5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

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By Leo Eigenberg

Every bride and groom wants gorgeous wedding photos, so it makes sense to invest the time and effort to carefully find the right photographer. So many things on the big day will be fleeting, such as the music, the flowers, and the cake, but the photos will become a permanent reminder. Let’s look at a few useful tips for working with and finding the perfect wedding photographer:

Plan early

Do your homework early and start the search to find a photographer about 12 months before the date of the wedding. Get personal referrals from other recently wed couples or browse blogs or websites online. Try to view online portfolios or picture galleries to get a full sense of the different style and quality offered. While it is nice to see a few of the highlighted pictures on a website, it is best to see a full album in person before deciding on whom to use.

Think critically

In the process of looking at the review photographs it helps to think critically and decide whether the most important moments have been captured. The photos should have the people looking completely relaxed and not spooked. Everyone should be in focus and thoughtful composition used. Also, the type of shots taken or poses should match your particular needs.

Organize a meeting

It is different to fully evaluate the qualities of a photographer simply by looking at review shots. After compiling a short list of 2 or 3 people and confirming they are available for the big day and within your price range, it is time to organize a face to face meeting, However, if that isn’t possible there may be the option of having a video chat. While having the chat you should be able to feel comfortable and relaxed because this person will be around for most of the wedding day and also interacting with your guests.

Check packages

Most of the photographers offer different levels of services, so it is important to check what is actually included. A major point is the number of hours the photographer will spend at the wedding and reception. A typical service is in the region of eight hours, but for those that need longer, it helps to find out if this is available.

Make a shot list

By preparing a reasonable size shot list it is possible to guarantee that the most important photographs are taken on the big day. To increase the likelihood of capturing the right shots it can benefit to have a member of the wedding party help orchestrate the guests. Also, the shot list should include things like taking the color or black and white photos, as well as the preferred background to be captured.

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December 29, 2016 |

Wedding Photography / Video – Simple But Important Information to Optimize Your Destination Wedding

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By Roger J Curley

Sure it’s OK to bring your own video camcorder to your Dream Destination Wedding; but before you assign a Loved One to be stuck watching your entire Dream Wedding through the camera’s tiny peep-hole… Consider This!

More often than not, that Loved one is not a professional and may not even get the thing turned on and recording, I’ve also seen numerous times the battery dies out or the memory chip runs out of space part way into the Ceremony.

The times the video is recorded, the tiny microphones built into most camcorders, iPhones or tablets can’t clearly pick up the softly spoken personal, heartfelt vows unless the camcorder is placed Obtrusively close to the Ceremony which also spoils the otherwise fabulous High Resolution still shots being taken.

Most couples tend to speak their Heartfelt Vows in a soft intimate voice, so using a Clip-on Wireless microphone ensures the best clarity while the Minister’s Ceremony, Conch Shell Blessing, Flute Blessings & the wonderful sound of the ocean is picked up perfectly with an Audiophile quality microphone. We highly recommend covering up this mic or any other obtrusive gear that needs to be placed in the Ceremony view with a mix of tropical flowers & foliage.

One consideration that seems to get overlooked with every wedding that does not include video is, the Ceremony Audio is often way more precious than most would expect! The Heartfelt vows, the quivering emotional little voice, sniffing back a tear, the relief of the “I do’s”, not to mention when couples have worked out special things to say adding to the vows and making truly a “one of a kind” True Love Story–like this Amazing line – “I only wish I could kiss you for each time my heart beats”. Wow, that’s sure to raise the bar for the ‘Romantically Challenged!’

Also consider whether you would like to have your otherwise grand professional pictures of the darling wedding couple with the priceless Destination Island views sort of ‘compromised’ by having a bevy of camera toting guests in the picture!

Oh sure, it’s cute to have Auntie Eagle-Eye workin’ a tablet video camera only to be forever captured as a headless wedding embodiment… just an iPad with a body in every picture at just about every camera angle – This is highly distracting. Hire a professional wedding videographer and let All your loved ones enjoy your Destination Dream Wedding on the Beach… and get better still shot photography as well!

A lot of still shots will capture all the honorary guests, whether or not they are hiding behind a camera or worse, the huge tablet video camera. If you would rather see their lovely faces instead of ‘camera holding human tri-pods’… Let your guest know they should take only an occasional shot & not stand there the entire ceremony behind a camera.

Be very aware of what the ‘not cheap’ Professional Photographer is shooting at so as not to compromise otherwise priceless pix with a highly distracting ‘Scene Killer’ view of an amateur videography “artist”.

It’s fine to have a loved one shoot video, but they need to become more of a ‘Camera Crew’ & less of a guest in attendance. They will need to coordinate their shots with the Professional Photographer – this way they both get great shots.

When getting both video and still shot photography, inquire about having a Photo Fusion Video created from the enhanced High Resolution wedding Highlight images. With professional high-res pictures, you can draw focus to inspiring details by zooming in, then out and panning… The moving picture that is created is a very unique production that brings great still shots to an even greater perspective. These Photo Fusion Videos can be edited into the regular video to create a longer version of the main wedding video, but often both the main wedding video and the photo Fusion Video stand on their own perfectly well. When showing these at a reception, it is best to have two shorter videos than one big one since attention spans decrease exponentially with each drink!

If at all possible, scout your perspective wedding locations beforehand at the same time of day as the wedding will be. The best video camera angle will be ‘the sun’s view’ so that the subjects are being nicely lit by the sun that’s close to directly behind the video camera. You’ll want to take note how the background looks with these considerations. Most people choose a great sunset beach for their wedding expecting glorious off shore views as the background of the video, but on west-facing beaches the video would then be pointing directly AT the sun with the wedding party subjects reduced to just dark shadows contrasted with an overblown sun that hasn’t set yet. With photography you can use powerful flashes shot closer up and heavy Photoshop to tame the brights & bring out the shadows, but most wedding Videos don’t normally use big production flood lights to spoil the romantic vibe and aggressive highlight/shadow modifications to video can easily add un-desirable side effects; so it is imperative that the video camera is positioned with the sun close to directly behind it.

Another aspect of wedding videos that is certainly overlooked is the Aerial Videos with remote-controlled un-manned ‘quad-copters’. This is still very new but rapidly gaining popularity. The main reason for having a destination wedding is because it’s so beautiful. Still shots and ground video capture the intimate close up detail of the wedding party and their view of the wedding site’s natural beauty, but the ‘Jaw Dropping’ Awe-inspiring views from above are breathless! The ‘quad’ can elegantly fly smoothly by the wedding party and rises to expose the dynamic beauty of the shoreline with rocky outcrops and clear turquoise water. These flying camera views are for the most part ‘never seen before’ and the real helicopters would not be able to get in that low to people.

If you hire a professional photographer that is there to capture every emotion and offer lots pictures there is no need for a beautiful wedding party to morph into a presidential press release event; just make sure your photographer will be shooting and offering ‘many to all’ the pictures taken to include something for everyone. Plus, most technically hip photographers offer to post the highlights on Facebook right away so this should take care of everybody in the wedding party trying to take their own pictures to post on Facebook. Let the professional photography pick out the highlights and apply the standard enhancements and post to Facebook, the entire wedding party is encouraged to jump in and tell all their friends by sharing the wedding highlights.

All of these tips are highly recommended to consider before hiring your destination wedding photographer and videographer. You can certainly have all of these amenities for a fraction of the cost that you would previously imagine. The average cost of a US wedding is over $30,000.

For just over $1,000 you can get your Dream Destination Maui Beach Wedding with Professional Photography/Video, music, flowers and “Aunty Eagle-Eye” can enjoy the wedding too! No more headless embodiments! Visit our website for further details.

If you will be having a Destination Wedding consider coming to Maui, our Tropical Island Beach Weddings are great all year long. Contact the Maui Marrying Muse for all your Maui Destination Wedding Planning Wishes. A ‘Tried and True’ locally based Mom and Pop – One Stop Shop!

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December 30, 2014 |

Why Hire Professionals to Do Your Wedding Videography by William B Cotter

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Couples who are about to get married will always want the best things that they can get for their wedding celebration. No matter how tight the budget is, they will always look for great services that their money can buy. Sometimes, they will resort in finding the best alternatives in order to get the services that they want for their wedding. This is good because one way or another, everything that the couples have wished to happen for their wedding will come true.

However, there are services that you can get that are better done the professionals rather than getting an alternative. One of the services that you should have done in their hands is your video coverage. It is easy to just to get a video in the wedding but professionals can do it the best and make it more cinematic. Experts have their own magic on how to turn a simple video into something that is more than what you have asked for.

Many couples really want to have their own videos. However, wedding videography can be a little expensive. Despite the price, here are some of the reasons why you should be hiring a professional to do the job for you.

They have the best tools to capture quality images. They know their equipment well. Therefore, they can manipulate it well to get the most important scenes.

They know what shots to take. Since they have covered the weddings before, they have vast knowledge on capturing the most important moments in this special occasion. Their experience can contribute well in making the best show there will be for a wedding.

They have the right tools for video editing which they use to add effects on it. They can use it well and know the right things to add on the videos so that it will look smoother, cinematic and organized.

They take instructions very well. They are artists too like designers. They can make their output reflect much of what the couples have in mind and use all tools to have the best outputs there will be.

They will surely not be lazy in doing the job because they make sure that they will keep an eye on the celebration at all times in order to capture those special moments. It is not an easy job but you can see them working all the time.

The process of capturing the videos is systematic. They know what their boundaries are in the wedding, meaning they have work ethics. They also have groups of people to make sure that everything needed will be furnished. Their tasks are divided making it like a real movie production.

Your wedding videography is not a simple thing to do when you want it to be extra special. If you have the budget for it, there is no compromising the quality. It is indeed better to leave it in the hands of the professional. After all, you will not be choosing them unless you have seen their samples.

If you have the budget, hire the right people to make your videos. It will all be worth it and, they have every magic trick to make the most amazing effects on them.

Bill Cotter is an author about phoenix wedding photographers. Bill writes about wedding photography phoenix for

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October 7, 2014 |

Why Wedding Videographers Are So Important by Arvel harris

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Wedding videographers provide wedding video services and will go around your wedding event filming and recording the proceedings for posterity. Often the wedding video services are provided by the wedding photographers and these two services are merged. While most people get wedding photography though, not everyone gets wedding video services and this is a real shame as it means that they will not be able to see in as much detail what happened on their big day when looking back.

Wedding videography is an important service for anyone getting married and is something that everyone should invest in. While pictures can be beautiful and nostalgic to look back on, they don’t tell a story in quite the same way as videos where you get to see your family and friends dancing and talking and drinking together – where the crazy dancing is actually captured, where you get to see their expressions and their mannerisms and where you get far more of a ‘feel’ for the event.

When you go on holiday chances are that you will take hundreds of photos of the view off the top of a mountain hoping to capture the feeling of being so small and at awe of nature, but when you get back these photos won’t tell the story as they can’t really capture the scale or the feeling. Try instead taking a video of that same scenery and pan up and down or left and right and you will notice that this does a much better job of capturing what it’s like to be there. Likewise then with wedding viedographers this way you will get to feel what it was like to be there, to hear the music and the laughter, to see how busy it was, and what the moods were like when people weren’t posing for photographs. This is the best way to truly relive the experience.

In some cases though you won’t just be reliving the experience – but living it. You will get to see what you looked like from an outside perspective and whether you were wearing your best three piece suit or a long white flowing dress then this is something you will likely want to witness. Likewise you get to see the friends and family mingling when you were too busy cutting the cake or had your attentions drawn in every direction. It allows you to see the things you might have missed and to enjoy the whole experience over again.

And it’s highly important that you do live this over and have a record as it is probably the only time that all your friends and family will be in one place. Birthdays and other events are never quite as important in the eyes of guests, and it’s only for weddings that your family will travel from miles around to come and see you. Many of these people might have travelled from other countries, or from across the country at least. At the same time some of them you might lose contact with, so it’s important to take this opportunity to make a record of everyone together and happy lest it never happen again. You will be glad that you did.

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October 7, 2014 |

The Importance of Wedding Videography by Christopher Figueroa

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If you are solely planning on hiring a photographer to capture the magical moments of your wedding, you may want to think twice after reading this.

Wedding photography certainly has its perks. A photographer can record a kiss, a hug, or even a smile as a beautiful image forever cemented in time. For this reason, couples feel that pictures are all that is needed to document their perfect day. However, pictures are only stills of a single point in time. They are one-dimensional and lacking any back-story or sound. To truly capture a momentous occasion like a wedding, videography is the key.

In the past, prospective customers frequently looked down upon the wedding videography industry. Particularly with the rise of video in the 1980’s and continuing into the 1990’s many wedding videographers produced poor work and offered even worse customer service. Such videographers contributed to the development of a stigma that was attached to the industry as a whole. Due to the fact that wedding videography, invented in 1980, was such a new industry, there was a lack of quality control and hence sub par work. Those in charge often performed so poorly because they hadn’t yet formulated a proper approach to treat video as well as their customers.

All of this changed in the beginning of the 21st century. With the start of the 2000’s came in a new wave of wedding videographers, with a different approach to creating the wedding video. Today’s videographers no longer see a couples’ wedding day as just another gig, but rather the opportunity to film a family documentary. Videographers of this era recognize that a wedding is the one special day where 200 people from two different families come together, perhaps for the first time, to celebrate the union of their loved ones. Therefore it is important to the videographer that he or she chronicles the first kiss, the father and daughter dance, and even the surprise guest who travels hundreds of miles to be at their families’ wedding along with all of the other special moments that may occur.

That is why wedding videography should not be ruled out simply because there will be a professional photographer present at the wedding. Photography and videography offer different aspects of documenting an occasion. Wedding videos chronicle the entire story in moments instead of single framed images. When a crowd circles around a groom and his father-in-law as the two exchange jokes and laughter occurs, a photographer can only document the smiles or the crowd. A videographer will make the crowd, the joke and the laugh all visible and audible for the couple’s family to watch on video for years to come. Wouldn’t it be a pleasure for a couple’s children to see their parents’ wedding and be able to relive the moments as if they were actually there?

It is the role of a professional wedding videographer to know just when such moments will occur. A modern experienced videographer is seasoned to anticipate when a spontaneous and exciting moment during a wedding will occur. He or she knows that it is recounting those moments along with the standard events like vows and dances that will make their customers happiest. The goal of the videographer is to tell the tale of a special occasion, while offering those other dimensions that photography can’t, like sound, motion, story and spontaneity.

Christopher Figueroa is the owner of Chris Fig Productions.


October 7, 2014 |

Memories for a Lifetime: Wedding Videography by Classicinvitations

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Event videography, such as shooting weddings, requires more than basic video production knowledge. It also requires having a good eye, being spontaneous, courteous and thinking on your feet. Planning to shoot a wedding video on a small budget? Here are a handful of tips.
When you start to shoot a wedding video you have to be prepared to work all day without a break! Shooting weddings requires active participation because there will always be something to shoot, whether it’s the ceremony itself, cutaways, family and friends’ speeches and the reception. Everything happens at a lightning pace and you can’t miss any of it.
At least the day before, visit the location where the wedding will take place. The most convenient time is usually during the wedding rehearsal. This is when you’ll get an idea of where everyone will be standing. It’s always helpful to meet the wedding coordinator so that he or she may assist you with the details, such as exact times and order, wedding party placement, wedding length, reception set up, etc.
When you’re visiting the location(s), locate places to set up the camera(s), location of the power sockets; look at the lighting condition, especially where the wedding party will be standing; how will everyone fit into frame? Will you need to bring lights just in case? How large is the room?
Think about how and where you’ll be connecting and placing your audio. Will you be using lapel microphones? A digital recorder? Is the location able to record audio on a separate disk for backup? You may also choose to use the audio from a static camera up front just in case. Does the location have any rules that may restrict your ideas? Plan for the unexpected.
Make a checklist of everything you’ll need and make absolutely certain you have everything ready to go: camera(s); blank tapes (about five for each camera), film stock, etc.; additional lens; tripod(s); BATTERIES (plan to bring extras if you have them); audio equipment; lighting; etc. If you’re shooting with more than one camera, now is a good time to make sure all the cameras are set on the same settings: aspect ratio, fps, gamma, etc.
You’ll need to white balance each camera on location once they’re set up. However, if you need to move a camera around during the service, you may want to set the white balance on that camera to automatic.
If this is a multi-camera shoot, you’ll also need an additional camera operator or two to help you on the day of the wedding. Work out their pay or any bartering services beforehand.
Camera and Placement
To get the best shots possible of the wedding ceremony, it’s best to have at least two or three cameras (preferably the same brand all set on the same settings!). To save the camera’s battery power for the reception, bring a couple of extension cords to use during the ceremony. Since the camera(s) will most likely be on a tripod during the ceremony versus the reception, this is the best time to save your battery power.
The following is a basic camera setup plan for a wedding service and will certainly differ depending on the actual location. Remember, use your eye to get the best angle and composition:
Set a camera up in the back, preferably at a higher angle where no one can block the frame (for instance, from the balcony). The closer to the center aisle, the better. This camera should be able to capture the entire wedding party and perhaps even the guests. You may choose to keep this as a master shot and/or a static shot; however, you may also want to also use this camera to zoom in during key points.
Set another camera at about a 45-degree angle from the front on either side, either facing the bride or groom. This camera should be able to capture special highlights of the service up close and the entertainment, if any.
If possible, another camera should be placed in the front, except facing the bride and groom from the other direction – perhaps even an OTS (over-the-shoulder) shot of the minister or priest. This shot works great for the seating of the parents, bride and groom’s vows and any close-up reaction shots. If you position this camera right, you shouldn’t be able to see another camera/ camera operator in the shot. Try zooming in – this camera should always have an operator.
You don’t necessarily have to keep one camera static the entire time, but if you feel you should, choose the camera that frames the widest shot. You can rely on the camera that has the widest shot because it will be able to capture the important points taking place. When you edit, if the other shots from the other cameras aren’t what you want, you can cut to this shot for backup.
If you’re using more than one camera, come up with a simple game plan with the other camera operators. For instance, see to it that they only capture close-ups while you shoot the pans and zooms and any other shots.
Cutaways work great when using them creatively. Think: “Shoot to edit”. You can never have enough cutaways, which saves you in post. Cutaways may be used as montage sequences during opening/closing titles, mattes, establishing shots, DVD menu and labels and transitions.
You’ll definitely need cutaways from both the wedding ceremony and the reception. Therefore, plan to shoot the cutaways of the ceremony right before the wedding. If possible, use a separate tape from the one the service will be recorded on. You certainly don’t want to run out of tape during the service! For the reception, shoot cutaways before the reception and in between the highlights.
Some cutaway shot ideas include: flowers and bows on the pews, exterior of location with sign–perhaps with cars pulling up, water fountains, wedding cake, candles at the wedding service or center pieces at the reception, wine glasses, crowd mingling/eating/entering, etc. Cutaway shots don’t necessarily have to be static; you may use pans and tilts, zooms, etc. Don’t overuse any one of them though!
Things to Keep in Mind
Know what’s expected of you – Depending on the agreement you’ve set up with the bride and groom, what to shoot will determine the plan they’ve arranged beforehand. Make sure you know what they want before you begin shooting. This may save you lots of footage, energy, space and time, especially when you’re editing! A basic package plan some videographers set up usually includes just the ceremony and the highlights of the reception. However, if the package is extended, this could include additional footage, such as the bride and groom getting ready, a slideshow, after party, etc. It’s up to what they want when deciding what to shoot.
Dress appropriately – Button-up blouses, dress shirts, slacks and comfortable dress suits are preferable. You’ll be doing a lot of moving around, kneeling and bending so wear comfortable dress shoes.
Work well with others – Get to know all the vendors who’ll be helping out with the wedding: wedding coordinator, photographer, DJ, musicians, singers, etc. Everyone needs to work together and these people can help you. Making good relationships can also lead to networking and future opportunities. If there’s a wedding photographer, ask him or her if you may use some of their photos for a video slideshow.

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October 7, 2014 |

How Interviews for Wedding Videography Should be Done by Bill Cotter

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Interviews have helped us in many ways. In news casting, it has helped news reporters to communicate to their viewers what the real issue is in controversies that concern the public. In hospitals, doctors and other health care providers are able to trace the causes of illness among clients who seek professional health to cure their health problems. Researchers are also able to get their raw data through interviews and they become an integral part of their studies that can help them create a conclusion. These things may only be sets of questions but they can uncover many truths and many stories from different people that can affect their lives.

In weddings, an interview can also be part of the celebration. Well, it will not contribute to changing the world or cure illnesses but definitely, it is something that can tell the world how love stories come to their happy endings. It is also a way of letting the guests (especially those who are close to the bride and groom) express their best wishes for the couple. It may not be something that can contribute to world peace but it is something that can tell people how successful love stories are made. And this is done through a wedding videography.

This may be difficult to do especially on the wedding day because people will be very busy chitchatting with their friends. Some may be too busy helping out on the wedding. The bride and groom might be too busy entertaining the guests and focusing on their programs. However, the person who is tasked to do this job must know the right timing in order to get the job done. He or she may interview the couple days before to tell their stories in a different venue. It is important that prior to any interviews questions are already laid out to have spontaneity in the conversation. You also have to prepare questions that are asked in the right way, nothing too offensive and nothing too personal. Questions should be directed about the couple and highlighting their best moments and admirable challenges. Bottom line is every question should be asked with tact and they must be interrelated with each other. Remember, an interview for this activity has a goal. The interviewer must have control and must make sure to get the best parts of their story.

This is not done to sugar coat their love story in a wedding videography. It is also better for people to hear stories wherein they can smile and believe in love again; not to be gasped and to be disappointed with the awful truths in every relationship. This is because their stories and the good things about it, which has brought to this special moment, what makes weddings magical and happy. It is sacred and people who joined there did not come to witness or see the bitter part of every relationship.

In addition, when it comes to guest interviews, the interviewer should also ask them randomly, particularly the most important persons in their lives. He or she need not to ask all them. To make it more exciting, it should be quick and lively. That way it can be more fun and spontaneous as well.


Try to do this when taking videos in a wedding. It can have an amazing impact on the guests. In addition, greetings from the heart can reach the couple, as it will focus the person. Just remember, to plan it, have a flow and be tactful.

Bill Cotter is an author about wedding photography phoenix. You can find more information about phoenix wedding photography by visiting


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