So, you've booked a wedding videographer or photographer. Even better, let's say you've booked me to shoot your big day. Did you know there are a few things you could do to make sure that your video or pitures can look even better? Well, I've concocted a list of things that you can do to help you help me get the best results. Stay with me.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The first thing I'm going to inform you of is the first word in this heading, light! As a photographer and videographer, I understand that light is pretty much THE most important factor when it comes to creating mood, and making things look beautiful. So what can you do? For a start, I recommend you ask your make-up artist to work next to a big window. Tungsten lights that are installed in most houses are really hideous as light sources, they cast a very yellow/orangey down light and can play havoc with the cameras' white balance, making the environment look less appealing and making the editing process harder.
So turn them off if at all possible! When there is a big window on a clear day, tungsten lights don't add any quality to the light, and makeup artists are generally absolutely fine with turning them off too. Have you seen clips or images with sunset lighting? The reason these look soooo nice, moody and gorgeous is because of the light; and the same applies for any lighting. It's the quality of light that makes the scene look the dogs. Big
windows can also help us grab some silhouettes which make for some brilliant footage.
Easier said than done, right? It's not like it's one of the biggest days of your life or anything, but this one really does go a long way! It's just as well that I'm a very easy going guy and have no doubt that you will feel genuinely comfortable around me, but aside from that, enjoy your day and forget about me! Your video will then be a true reflection of the emotions shown on your day.
Keep the Job Tidy
Now, I'm not saying have a full spring clean overhaul here with Mr Muscle (other brands are available), but it'd be great to have a little tidy around the room before the big day if you are having bridal preparations in your home or hotel room. The less time I spend moving bra's from the frame, and suitcases out from under my feet, the more time I can spend capturing the good stuff! Of course, if you can't be bothered then just ignore what I'm saying, but you get my point ;)
Put Time Aside for the Videographer!
It is standard practice to put time aside for the photographer, because the more 'posed pictures' you get are the *money shots* for the wall. Well, similarly it'd make sense for you to put ten minutes aside with the videographer, at any point in the day (preferably after speeches) just to get a few quick shots of you both together for the final video. It adds so much more to the story and you can thank me later ;)
I understand that some of the above might be difficult to avoid. Some rooms are dark and don't have windows for example, but fear not, I know what I'm doing and adapt my style of shooting according to the situation anyway to make sure you get the very best quality. For more examples of my work, check out my latest films here.
Just bare these little steps in mind, and you can guarantee that you are improving the quality of your video/photos instantly!