So, you’ve decided to join the thousands of others and start a wedding video business. That’s great! There are so many things to know about this business. This day is all about the bride. It meant to capture the moment. The moment of a life time. Here are a few tips to get you started into the world of wedding videography! This is only the beginning and an overview.
Today, it is really easy to get nice video equipment for a relatively low price. You really can start your wedding career with any camera. But obviously, the better the camera the better footage you will get. Here are a couple of suggestions when looking for camera equipment.
- Make sure that you get at least two HD Video Cameras that have 1080i (XA10 Canon is great!).
- For getting the best picture, make sure you have control over your own focus. The more manual settings, the more control you have over what you want.
- A good sturdy tri-pod: There is nothing worse than shaky video.
- Make sure you have a good external mic to capture the audio (especially the vows)
The Day Before the Wedding
Before the wedding, you want scope out the wedding location. This gives you an idea for what is going to happen, and lets you plan. As with any wedding, things happen that are unplanned, but it is always best to prepare as much as possible.
- Talk to the bride and see if there are any shots she especially wants. The day is all about her, so it's better to talk to her the day before and get her wishes, so you don't have to bother her the next.
- Communicate with the person running sound or DJ and see if you can get a feed for your camera. Ideally, you want to have your own audio and not rely on anybody else, but it's always good to have a back up.
- Scout good locations for your cameras. Make sure that your camera locations will not be in the way of anything important. Sometimes brides want you really close to the action, but some don't want you seen at all.
The Day Of the Wedding
It is always good to arrive at least an hour or two before the wedding. During this time you can set up equipment. You can also start developing the wedding story by getting preparation shots. These shots help you to put together a picture of the whole day, it is called “b-roll” footage. Here are some ideas:
- The bride and groom getting ready
- Shots of the location (this is especially important if it’s a really interesting building)
- Interview of the best man, bride’s maid, and both moms and dads
- The rings
- The dress
- The throwing of the bouquet and guarder
- Cutting the cake
- The drive away
- The first dance
These all come together in a really nice way to compliment the video later in post-production and evenutally the final product.
This day is all about the bride, so make sure that you are unseen and only be where you need to be WHEN you need to be there. Also, stay out of the photographer's way. It is usually best to talk to the wedding photographer and communicate about sharing the room before the ceremony starts.
So remember, get some good equipment, communicate and plan the day before, and shoot everything you can the day of! You can't get too much footage! Capture the best memories for the bride that you can!