Whether you are preparing to film your first wedding or you’re looking to film live events as more than a side gig you will find that there is always more to learn. A wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of the couple’s life and getting great footage is essential, especially if you want to start a serious wedding videography business.
Make sure you take great videos for every couple using these tips:
1. Attend the rehearsal
Attending a wedding rehearsal might seem boring and unnecessary but going to the rehearsal offers several benefits. It gives you time to figure out where the best vantage points are in the venue and how to shoot different parts of the wedding. It’s also a great opportunity for the bride and groom to make last minute requests while you still have time to adjust.
2. Back up the audio
Setting up effective audio is always tricky at a live event and you want to make sure you have perfect audio when it comes to wedding footage. Remote microphones often pick up different frequencies better than others and there’s always the chance that a glitch will kill your audio altogether. Most professional videographers now bring audio recorders as back ups. These are typically affordable enough for you to have multiple recorders set up to back up various mics.
3. Test your audio
Going to the rehearsal will prepare you for many potential issues but the best way to avoid them altogether is to show up at the venue early and test all your audio systems. You should also make sure you have a pair of high quality headphones to monitor the sound quality on.
4. Get B-Roll coverage
B-Roll coverage is what makes your videography stand out as truly professional. You’ll need at least one extra camera and a tripod to set this up but if you have the equipment it’s easy to set up tripods in key areas near the entrance, food stands and flower arrangements to get some B-Roll footage.
5. Focus on close ups
Close ups give you the ability to really focus on the emotions at the wedding and provide sharper, more memorable images. You want to make sure to get close ups of the bride and groom both together and separately.
6. Be ready to follow the action
If you’re doing all or most of your filming with one camera you need to be always on your toes for any changes. Even attending the rehearsal can’t always prepare you to keep up with the pace of things at the actual wedding. Be alert and ready for anything.
7. Finish the job on time
Meeting deadlines is essential to professionalism. You should always make sure your deadline leaves at least a week for post production so you can make a truly spectacular video for every couple. The first few times you might want to set a deadline that gives you two or three weeks instead. If you’ve set an appropriate deadline you should never find yourself scrambling to complete work but be willing to work extended hours to get something in on time—your reputation as a professional depends on it.
Shooting weddings is harder than you might think but it’s an excellent way to make extra income or even a living doing what you love. Focus on learning how to be better with every video and you’ll be a pro in no time.