Filming a wedding is a lot harder than you think! It involves much more than simply following the bride and groom down the isle. Lets take a look at how to make your wedding video stand out and look professional, even if it’s your very first time shooting one.
Tip one: Test your equipment
Check your audio recording equipment in working well in advance of the ceremony to avoid any problems. Give yourself a couple of hours to spend setting up before the wedding and to give you enough time to test out your kit. Start capturing some B-roll footage of the venue before everyone arrives. This will ensure you can get clear shots of garden landscapes and other points of interest. Check back through your footage to check the settings and lighting levels.
Tip two: Shoot some close-ups
If you want to capture the true emotions of the wedding day, it is important to shoot some close-up shots. This can start as soon as the wedding guests start to arrive. Close-ups shots can make your film look sharper and will pick out the fine detail of jewellery and flowers as well as those first precious emotions as the guests see the bride for the first time. Remember to capture not only the bride and groom in close-up shots, but also the immediate family and wedding party too.
Tip three: Anticipate the action
Don’t get left behind or stranded at the back of a crowd at important times. A professional videographer will anticipate what is coming next and position themselves to be ready to shoot footage of important actions, such as the newly-weds exiting the building, stepping into their car to take them to the reception venue etc. You will only get one chance to capture the action at a wedding, so you don’t want to shoot everything from just one single angle. Talk to the couple beforehand to establish their plans so that your movements can look more fluid and anticipated.
Tip four: Capture the most important event
Remember that you are telling a story with your wedding video. Your main focus should always be the bride and groom so capturing the whole ceremony is very important. Capturing close up shots of the couple exchanging vows as well as their emotions on seeing each other for the first time that day are priceless. You don’t want to miss the action by wandering your camera lens around the venue to look at other people at this crucial time. You will have time to edit in shots of family and friends after the wedding.
Tip five: Punctuality
Always start and finish the job on time. Rushing your preparations before the wedding because you were running late may lead to mistakes being made that cannot be rectified. It is the same after the ceremony too. If you have been booked to shoot the wedding reception that follows the ceremony, then make sure you arrive promptly at that venue too. The bride and groom will never forgive you for turning up late and missing recording a vital and emotional speech, or not dedicating enough time to record personal messages from their guests. Punctuality also applied to your wedding film editing. OK you will need some time to produce a good quality and thoughtfully edited video, but try not to drag the time out for too long. A week to turn around a video is usually a good time-frame for most wedding videographers. The couple will be anxious to see their wedding video, and are depending on you to deliver it on the date and time that you promised. Delivering on time is not only good for your reputation, but it will help to discipline your editing process to make the best use of your time.