Photo booths have become ubiquitous at weddings, but slow-motion, high-definition video booths up the ante.
A Videographer's Look at How They Fit Into Your Wedding Day
The look on his face when you walk down the aisle. The smile spreading across her face as she says "I do." The tremor in Grandpa's voice as he proposes a toast. Those small, intimate moments can be captured forever in a video. Here, four videographers offer insights on the important role they can play.
Joshua and Lisa Flom (pictured above), Flom Films: “We first recommend couples find a videographer who fits their style; the color, editing style, music, and especially how they craft and tell stories,” Joshua Flom says. “Some videographers may prefer to minimize dialogue and make more of a music video, while others may prefer a longer-form edit of eight to ten minutes.” Flom also notes that audio “is one of the most crucial elements of any wedding day. Audio is half of the viewing experience of any film. It’s what helps us convey emotion, pulls the viewer into a deeper place.” The Floms have two people working every wedding. “We’re storytellers first and foremost. To tell the best story, we need to captivate the viewer with visuals and dialogue, and a huge part of that is multiple angles and views for the viewer.”
Grace Stewart, Exist Media: Chemistry with your video team is important. “Our biggest tip in the videography vendor search is finding someone who you can connect with!” Stewart says. Growing up, she loved watching her parents’ wedding video. “I got to witness, firsthand, the love they shared long before me. Whether you’re planning to add kids to the mix, sharing your day with your family for years to come, or keeping your video private for just you and your partner, it is such a special way to relive your day.” Exist Media offers a standard three- to four-minute highlight reel of your full wedding day, but from there you can add a wide range of additional services — including drone footage, an extended edit, full ceremony.
Michelle Kuker, Blush Film Co.: When choosing a videographer, “I always tell couples to pay attention to how they feel when they watch the work of different videographers,” Kuker says. “If you find that a film feels a bit stale, detached, or too slow or fast-paced, that filmmaking style simply may not resonate with you…. Ask yourself if that is how you want the story of your day to be told.” Kuker says the No. 1 regret she hears from married couples is not having videography on their wedding day. “Many of those words, details, and moments are lost to memory without it. When considering videography, really think hard about what you want to be able to relive from your wedding day, and know that you are investing in a keepsake that will last forever!”
Dan Riggs, Summit Hill Studios: “You (right now) might not see the significance of videography because it’s all still fresh in your mind,” Riggs says, “but future you will definitely thank current you for capturing the sights and sounds of the day to enjoy in five, 10, 20 years from now when your memories begin to fade.” Riggs also says it’s important to have a videographer who works well with your photographer. “Your photographer and videographer are both trying to get the same great shots for you, so communication and coordination between all is key.” Bottom line: “Videography is a time capsule that keeps your wedding day moments alive forever for you, your kids, grandkids, and so on.” ∗