How a Wedding Videographer and Photographer Work Together

A wedding photographer and a wedding videographer have basically the same function on a couple’s wedding day, which is to capture amazing photographs and videos which tell the story of the biggest day in the lives of the wedding couple. All of the most emotional moments, all the most beautiful backgrounds and decorations, and all the good wishes of friends and family must all be preserved digitally, so the couple can look back in future years to relive that special day.

You might think that with both videographer and photographer having similar assignments, that they might get in each other’s way throughout the day, but for two professionals who are really good at their jobs, just the opposite is generally true. Here is a description of how videographer and photographer can work very well together throughout the day, to capture every significant moment and every sight and sound which helped make the day special.

Before the ceremony 

There’s always a great deal of excitement afoot as the bridesmaids are preparing themselves for the day, and there are almost always some very memorable moments shared between these ladies. The photographer can capture some touching and significant scenes such as the dress, the veil, and the shoes, as well as impromptu exchanges between the bridesmaids.

The videographer should be on hand for this as well, because there are very often priceless interactions between the bride and her circle of friends as they prepare for the day ahead. When it comes time to drive to the ceremony venue, this can also provide some wonderful opportunities for both videographer and photographer to preserve special moments.

To avoid including each other in pictures and videos, the photographer and videographer will often stand side-by-side, so they’re seeing the same scenes, without stepping on each other’s toes. When special shots are being composed, it’s often a good idea to alert your professional counterpart, so that good communication can avoid spoiling a particular shot.

During the ceremony

For this part of the day, it’s pretty important that the videographer and photographer compare notes, especially about where they intend to setup during the ceremony. This is often a time when the videographer will remain static, having the camera mounted on a tripod for extra stability. Since video camera tripods tend to be rather larger than camera tripods, it’s best if these are slightly out-of-the-way, so they don’t interfere with the couples as they make their way to the altar. Because the photographer is generally much more mobile during the ceremony, it becomes very easy to avoid any conflicts with the videographer, so that both can get excellent shots without interfering with each other.

At the wedding reception

When the wedding ceremony is over, that’s a good time to quickly discuss with the organizers where and when it will be the best time for group photos, as well as any romantic photos which are envisioned for the happy couple. If the photographer is the first one to engage with the wedding couple and take all the romantic shots, the photographer can then pass along to the videographer the information about where and when those shots will all be taken.

As during most other times throughout the day, the videographer tends to remain out of the way, observing the proper moments for filming little clips of precious moments to be remembered. When the romantic couples are being photographed, the videographer should also be present to capture the fun little moments associated with composing the pictures, and perhaps the sneaky little hugs and kisses as well. This is a good time for the videographer to ask wedding guests for comments, or to talk about their relationships with the wedding couple, and it can provide some priceless material for the wedding video.

wedding photographer with camera

The wedding speeches

Generally somewhere near the end of the wedding reception, the videographer will position his/her camera and tripod at a location which is convenient for the recording of any wedding speeches to be given. If the videographer has two tripods, these will generally be positioned at different angles, so that two different perspectives can be captured.

Most professional videographers will also set up recorders somewhere near the people who are giving speeches, or will ask them to wear some kind of compact recording equipment on their persons, so that better sound can be captured than would be possible from a distantly positioned camera. The sound and the video will then be merged in post-production by the videographer, usually with the help of some software that synchronizes the two perfectly.

The bride’s first dance

When the bride is ready for her first dance, the photographer will generally find a position which is ideal for getting the best photos at different angles. At the same time, the videographer will generally walk around the couple, using a device known as a gimbal or a steadycam, which allows the video to be captured very smoothly.

This dance is quite often a very poignant moment at the reception, although at times it can also become rather humorous. This is a time when it’s especially important for videographer and photographer to briefly chat before the dance begins, so that they can avoid getting in each other’s shots, and spoiling the purity of the moment. When both professionals are on the same page with regard to taking their shots, some really beautiful pictures and videos can be taken.

Cooperation can help to avoid issues

Videographers and photographers can work very well together, especially if they take a few moments throughout the day to apprise each other of their intentions. A little cooperation goes a long way toward preserving the beauty and elegance of all the best wedding moments, and it can completely avoid any possibility of conflict between the two professionals.

In fact, professional courtesy is very often at a premium between these two, and when one or the other is about to miss something important, the other professional can quickly inform his/her counterpart. Both videographer and photographer are well aware that the show is not about them, but about the two happy persons involved in the ceremony, so both professionals will almost always do their best to work together but separately, to record the most important and memorable moments of the day.

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