Your big day is approaching. You want the best looking wedding video and wedding photos you can imagine. You have seen some really great looking wedding videos online. So, how do you get the best looking wedding video? There are a number of things to putting it all together.
1. Shoot most of your wedding video / wedding photos on a day different then your wedding day. OK, I know this might go against the old school standard of the groom not seeing the bride in her dress before the wedding. That is for the most part out! I would say that probably 95% of my clients over at least the last ten years have always taken wedding photos and shot their wedding video on a day different then their wedding. If a Temple wedding we generally plan on shooting at the Temple on a Monday (temples are mostly closed on Monday’s) one or two weeks before the wedding. This helps in a number of ways: If the weather is bad we simply reschedule. There are less people at the Temple on a day that the Temple is closed. Yes you may have a number of other brides, photographers, and videographers there but for the most part everyone is very respectful of each other in letting everyone get their shots. It makes it so much easier without having to constantly be working around lots of people coming to visit the Temple. This also provides a way to have not nearly the amount of stress that might surface on the wedding day. Simply get married, come out the doors, shoot your family photos and you’re done until the reception. How easy was that.
2. Choose the right time for your wedding photos/wedding video. This is huge. The light plays a major key factor in how your wedding photos and video will turn out. You should never unless there is no other way shoot your images in the middle of the day. The photographer and videographer will end up spending too much time worrying about technical issues. This can also prove to be a challenging time of day to shoot if you have hired someone that is a little less then professional. My absolute favorite time to start filming is about 1 hour before sunset. Obviously this time changes during the year and based on your location. My second favorite would be in the very early morning and to start filming about 15 – 20 minutes before the sun actually breaks the horizon and starts coming up. Again this start time will change during the year. In locations I film at on a regular basis I have favorite spots to shoot at depending on if we are shooting at sunrise or sunset.
3. By taking most of your bride and groom photos / video on a different day you get to try different styles with your hair / makeup. Want an updo of your hair on your “formal” photo day and your hair down on your wedding day, now you can. I personally like a when a bride goes for a number of different looks.
4. No rush. There really isn’t a a rush if filming on a different day then your wedding. Guests are not waiting for you to finish, food isn’t getting cold. You will have opportunities to shoot in multiple locations.
These are only a few of the many reasons to film your wedding video on a day different then your wedding. Take advantage of it. Your photographer / videographer may charge a little more to do it or they may not. Either way its worth it for the final results.
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