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Wedding Photography & Videography Tips

Wedding Photography & Videography Tips

Preparations (45 min-1 hour groom; 1.5-2 hours bride)

Be sure all light bulbs are working in all your light fixtures, and that as many as possible are turned on. Open all blinds and window coverings so that as much light as possible is coming into the house/apartment.

Having all your preparations in dark or small confined areas really limits the amount of creativity that can be done with video/photo. It’s best to be out in an open, bright and spacious area like a living room, kitchen or dining room.

Brushing teeth, doing makeup, hair, getting dressed, are all natural and good parts of this time of the day for recording and photographing. Staging events is rarely done in modern cinematography and takes away from the real fun and emotion of the preparations. Most people aren’t actors, and it usually shows in the video if they’re trying. Just be natural and do your thing!

Ceremony (15-20 minutes setup time)

Every church has their own set of rules that have to be followed. The photographer and videographer will try to speak with the officiant prior to the ceremony so they have an understanding of the house rules. If this can be provided prior to the wedding day, the photographer & videographer can be prepared when they get there.

Sound is a very important aspect of the ceremony. It’s not always possible to plug into the church’s soundsystem, but when it is possible that’s best. Make sure during the ceremony that you and your fiancé DO NOT have any cell phones on you, even if they’re turned off. They can severly interfere with all microphones (wireless or wired) and can ruin your ceremony sound. This also goes for people giving readings at the podium microphone.

Park (1.5-2 hours)

Permits are required for some parks, and should be obtained before the actual day of the wedding. Usually a call to the location or the city will be the right route in accomplishing this.

Reception (20-40 minutes setup time)

Having an itinerary of all events for the reception is something that gets overlooked quite often. It doesn’t have to have exact times on it, but something that outlines the entrances, cake cutting, first dance, parent dances, when speeches are happening, games, centrepiece, special presentations, etc. This makes the understanding of the reception’s events easier for all vendors and can minimise things being missed. It’s best to assign a person to orchestrate all your vendors like the MC, wedding planner or the DJ. Having one person to progress the evening minimises confusion and scheduling problems that can run your reception later than you want!

Lighting is very important at the reception for your entrances, dances, speeches and other activities. If the hall or DJ offers lighting for the head table, podium lighting, or other mood lighting, seriously consider it. The videographer and photographer will bring their own lighting, but the more the better without killing the mood of course! Without sufficient lighting your video and pictures will not be optimal.

Microphone sound is ALWAYS better when going through the DJ’s soundboard other than the venue’s system. The reception hall’s speakers are usually old, overworked, and have limited control over the volume and sound quality. If the DJ offers you a microphone system over the house- definitely take it. The sound throughout the night can easily be controlled by the DJ, and his/her speakers will be FAR better than the venue’s. The videographer will also have the ability to plug into the DJ’s soundboard and get clean, crisp sound for speeches.
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