It’s your wedding day, the most important day of your life! Among the many other details you have meticulously attended to, you’ve hired a wedding photographer a videographer from different companies. And most likely, they will each bring an assistant — that’s four people (at least!) following you around for hours, competing to get your “best side”! So how can you be sure that your photos and films will be flawless and that everyone will get along and not be a distraction?
Wedding Videographer vs. Photographer: Do You Need Both?
Your wedding will be one of the most special experiences of your life, so it’s important to make sure you capture every moment. While a wedding photographer can help you get beautiful still shots, having a wedding videographer on your team will ensure that all the special moments are captured in motion.
With both a wedding photographer and videographer on board, you’ll be able to have a complete record of your special day. You’ll be able to look back at photos and videos that capture all the emotions and memories of your wedding celebration.
Teamwork makes the dream work! With your wedding photographers and videographers working together, they can create amazing content that will last forever. So don’t hesitate — make sure to hire both a wedding photographer and videographer for your special day!
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Who’s In Charge?
We spoke with our lead editor about this topic, who offered great insight! “The main goal of the cinematographer is to capture the day in its sincerity, to capture those special moments that are impossible to stage. The photographer should actually be head of operations at the wedding, while the cinematographers can get most of their footage in between the takes of the photographer.” Daniel Wolf – Cinematographer and Editor at Reverent Wedding Films™
How Wedding Videographers and Photographers Work Together
As Daniel mentioned, the photographer is the head of operations, with full knowledge of the bride’s expectations, working under the wedding planner’s timeline and guidance. They will have a list of photos that need coordination and staging, and the cinematographers will usually take a backseat and let the events roll out while filming it all, of course!
While cinematographers stage and direct the couple as well, they get a majority of their footage in between takes with the photographer; it’s really just a game of give-and-take. For example, post-ceremony family portraits are not as important for video but essential for photos. The first dance is perfect footage for the cinematographers, and the photographer just needs a few necessary pictures of the moment.
Every photographer is different, but definitely ask that they share their list of shots with the cinematographer. For example, if the cinematographer is aware that during the cake cutting, the photographer is planning on taking three key photos (one as the couple cuts the cake, one as the bride takes a bite, and one as the groom takes a bite), the cinematographer can give the photographer the room needed to get these shots, while they film the cake cutting from an angle that allows them to capture the event and does not include the photographer in the frame.
Capture Your Love Story with Reverent Wedding Films™
At Reverent Wedding Films™, our award-winning team of wedding videographers has decades of experience capturing the most important wedding moments in videos that are nothing short of captivating. We put our all into every film we create.