Wedding photography and videography
Wedding pictures and videos are cherished keepsakes passed down through generations, and often the only commemoration of the thousands of hours and dollars spent making one of the most important days of your life come to fruition.
Choosing your photography should be done carefully and in plenty of time. Most photographers book up as much as 18 months in advance, so try and get your photographer organised almost as soon as you have locked in the wedding date.
It is important you and your fiancé like the photographer's work, so take the time to meet with him or her or, at the very least, look at their online portfolios.
Each photographer will have a unique style so make sure you seek out one whose work best represents your individual personalities and tastes.
If possible, opt for a mix of colour and black and white prints
to satisfy both your artistic and documentary needs.
The character and personality of the individual you hire to capture your day is also important - you should feel comfortable in their presence because they will be there at all the intimate personal moments of your wedding, snapping away in the background. You want to be confident the will be professional, punctual and efficient on the day.
Some photographers are now offering 'engagement shots' in their packages, which will involve getting together with your photographer and taking a few test shots in a natural, comfortable setting. If you are not used to having your photo taken or are nervous about the experience, this will help ease you into it and is also a good indicator of how well your photographer is at directing you in the shot.
For most couples, the major factor in deciding which wedding photographer to choose is the price. While it might be tempting to simply call on a friend or family member with a digital camera, remember that, after the wedding is over all that remains are your memories and your photographs, so investing in the services of a professional photographer is always going to be worth it in the long run.
The costs involved can differ from photographer to photographer, depending on the amount of coverage you want for the day and the number of locations you want him or her to travel to.
It is best to sit down with your photographer and discuss your needs for the day. You can go through the kinds of shots you want taken, so they can help round up the guests and assist your photographer in getting these photos.
You might also have a specific element of the reception you want included in the photos, such as the table decorations or you might have a special first dance planned that you want captured. Briefing your photographer about this beforehand means there is no chance he or she will miss a key moment.
Lastly, it's important to remember there is no secret formula to picking the right photographer. In the end, it all comes down to your own taste, so let your gut feelings guide you and you are sure to end up with a series of photographs you will treasure forever.
Photographs are a wonderful way of recording the events of your wedding day, however they only tell one half of the story. Whether it be the cheers of the crowd as you say "I do" or your song being played during the first dance, a wedding video can relive every sound, action and emotion of your special day.
A video of your wedding may also capture those exciting moments you may have missed and can be a great way to share the experience with people who may have not been able to make it on the day.
When choosing your videographer you should undertake a similar process to choosing your photographer. If possible, meet with them in person, discuss your needs for the day and make sure you view plenty of their previous work to get an idea of their style. You should also ensure your videographer has the skills to deliver the results you want. For example, if you want your package to be edited with effects, music and narration, make sure you express these desires clearly from the outset - there is little point hiring someone who can't put together the video of your dreams.
Some people are uncomfortable in front of a camera so try to find
a videographer who will help your guests feel relaxed in front of the lens.
While, in an ideal world, your videographer would film every minute of your wedding ceremony and reception, it's important to consider the cost involved.
Most videographers generate their fee on an hourly basis (plus editing time, if necessary) so it may help save costs to just have them capture certain parts of the day, such as the ceremony and first hour or so of your reception, when your first dance and speeches are scheduled, if you are willing to go all out, consider hiring a videographer team of two or more camera operators.
Also make sure to ask questions about specifics of the video itself. For example, how m nay minutes it will run for, how long it will take to be edited and delivered and how many copies you will receive to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.
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