Working for the first time in you chosen career can be tough. Whether you are into cake smash photography, wedding photography or wedding videography, you will surely encounter some problems. For amateur wedding videographers, shooting a wedding for the first time can be really challenging. If you want to successfully record a wedding, then you will have to know the right way to record the wedding video.
There are do’s and don’ts that a beginner like you should know to avoid making mistakes during the wedding. Keep in mind that the couple expects to see a wedding video that will show the precious moments during their wedding that they might have missed seeing on that day.
Below are the do’s and don’ts that can guide you on how to take wedding videos.
Ask the clients about their expectations
Discuss every detail of the shoot with the client. Your client is the one who will pay for your services. In the past, the client is usually the bride or groom but nowadays, the client can be a friend or relative or the bride or groom. They give the wedding video as a gift to the couple.
You will have to listen to your client on what he/she expects in the video and your client will also set the guidelines and might even ask for unusual request which you can try to accommodate.
Include the wedding venue in the video
Some amateur videographers fail to include the wedding venue in the wedding venue. They probably think it is not important to include it. But then, you must be aware that most, if not all, couples want the venue to be shown in the video since the place now becomes significant to them. It is where they tied the knot and vowed to stay together through thick and thin.
Capture the arrival of their valued guests
Make sure to capture the arrival of the couple’s valued guests because these people are special to them. They would love to be able to see these faces even years after the wedding. Aside from taking shots of the couple during the exchange of vows and their party, it is also advisable to take some footage of the guests happily celebrating with them.
Clarify the products they want to order
A wedding video can be made available in CDs, digital copy or in other formats. Make sure to clarify with the client the format they want. Clarify also the length of the video they expect as well as the parts or moments they want you to include.
Check your mic or digital recorder
Your video won’t be great if your audio is not working. You should make it a point to check your mic or recorder a day or two before event. It would be best if you have an external mic or recorder that is dependable so you can really pick up the sound especially when you record the exchange of vows.
Do not assume that all weddings are the same
It is wrong to assume that all wedding will run the same. There are weddings that are easy to cover while there are those that can be really challenging to record. As a wedding videographer, you need to know the important details of the wedding particularly the location and flow of events. If you can scout the location days before the wedding, then that would be great so you can plan better and be prepared for it.
Do not get in the way of their official photographer
Getting along with the wedding photographer can help make work easier for you. Do not get in the way of the photographer or in other words, be sure to befriend the couple’s Los Angeles wedding photographer or official photo shooter so you can both talk about where to position and what to cover. By having a wonderful relationship with the photographer, you can plan together on how to cover the wedding and satisfy the expectations of the client.
Do not forget to sign a written contract with a client
A written contract signed by you and your client will be beneficial to both of you. Do not work on a project without a written agreement for something might end up wrong in the future if you do that. Your client might not pay you the balance or you might end up wasting your time covering without getting any payment.