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Videographers and Photographers

Oct 29, 2012

Something I noticed quite early on when I started as a wedding photographer is that when you were talking Photographers and Videographers you could be talking about cats and dogs. Everyone seemed to have opinions about which is better and more relevant in wedding photography and I was careful to not judge based on other peoples opinions. However, the bottom line is that if my Bride and Groom want a Videographer on their wedding day, it is not my place to tell them why they don’t want one but rather help them find one that will be a great fit for me and by extension, for them.

Photographers and Videographers can coexist happily but there needs to be a common ground and a common goal. When you put together your creative team for your wedding day, think of it as just that. Building a team. Just as you would choose a hair stylist to compliment your makeup artist’s work, it will ensure your photographs and video compliment each other and you’ll have a great day too.

Here are some tips in choosing a Videographer to compliment your Photographer.

STYLE
It is important to make sure that your Photographer and Videographer are on the same page creatively. Some professionals are more reserved and photojournalistic while others are more involved and will direct you throughout the day. For example, I am not a great compliment to a Videographer that encourages their bridal party to do the “Toyota jump” or run down a hill or have the groomsmen carry the Bride, because it is not my style and not what my Client has booked me for. There is nothing wrong with it if that is what you want but we would not compliment each other as we’d be pulling our client in opposite directions to achieve our individual goals. You can determine the style of any of your team from their past work so be sure to see as much as you can before making a decision.

THERE IS NO I IN TEAM
When I arrive to the wedding and as soon as I see the Videographer, I make sure I introduce myself and briefly inform them of how I work, which is pretty relaxed and unobtrusive but also high energy at times. I would rather try to foresee any possible issues at the beginning of the day than in front of my bride and groom later so I give them the chance to fill me in on their style and establish any boundaries. This helps me be aware of what the Videographer needs from me throughout the day to do their job and vice versa.

RECOMMENDATION
Your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin may have recommended their Videographer who was all kinds of awesome in their book, but their tastes may be very different to yours so its important to shortlist and talk with your possibilities. As with your Photographer choice, don’t use price as your only qualifying method. If you have booked your Photographer, ask them whom they recommend as their recommendation will always be a compliment to their photography, so it is a great start.

So finally ask your Photographer for a recommendation on Videographers (and vice versa) and make sure you are building a team rather than independent contractors and not only will you have a great day on your wedding day, your photographs and video will go together like tea and scones. Or like cheese and crackers, if you have a salt tooth like me.

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  1. Peter Liddicoat

    October 29th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Not all cinematographers are like that. Most have respect and everyone works well together. Toyota jumps are a photographers thing and I hate them.

  2. Rev. Don Dowling

    October 29th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hi Angela,Thank you for your thoughtful article. As a Minister who has literally conducted hundreds of weddings it is often disturbing to me to watch the competition happening between photographers and videographers. It goes against the whole point of the celebration of love of the couple and I for one am very glad when we all work together to make it a special day for the bride and groom.
    Thanks for your comments they are greatly appreciated.
    Don

  3. Derek Ho

    October 29th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for the insightful article Angela. I wholeheartedly agree that the creatives should work as one instead of individuals. I have had my fair share working with photographers who showed little respect to videographers which is why I understand how important it is to have no “I” in a team. We are all there to be a part of the creative process, not to take over each other’s space. There’s always time and space for everyone only if we can all work together as one. It is easier said but it can definitely be done.

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