05 Oct How do I become a wedding videographer?
I often see filmmakers on forums asking ‘How do I become a wedding videographer?’ In 25 days we went from filming our very first wedding to taking our first bookings at a trade show. Learn how to leap with both feet! In that time we shot and edited our first film, built a website from scratch, set our prices and packages and presented at a local wedding fair. Yes we did a bit of research first to determine this was an industry we wanted to move into – but we booked the wedding trade show BEFORE we’d filmed our first wedding.
Becoming a wedding videographer- the TOP 5 TO DO List –
1. Research, Research, Research (Presumably you’re doing this now, get all the information you can before taking the plunge)
2. Shoot and edit a wedding for free (if you like the process see step 2)
3. Create brand – whether it’s your name or otherwise
4. Get a website and show your wares.
5. Book yourself onto wedding fairs and show your work and get your first bookings
While style develops all the time as we refine ourselves I would describe our style as Eloquent and distinct. We don’t go in for super trendy, gimmick things. We want our films to look stylish and dignified many years from now. We ask ourselves will this look good in 20 years time.
A mixture of photojournalistic style as we like to capture the events as they unfold naturally. However if circumstance calls for it, and time and the situation allows for it we may ask our couples to repeat a gesture or action. These are typically very small to make another series of shots work. I think we are moving towards a way of working that is respectful, but also asserts more control if the couple is keen to get a high quality film.
We are inspired by the work of DSLR pioneers using new and innovative technology as well as the cinematic storytellers who craft a stories from shots and move the camera effectively. It can be helpful to show your clients the process of what it takes to do some of there things and remind then, the more assistance they give us, the better the film will be. We’re not mind readers and we have to be clear about what’s happening to be in the right place, at the right time with the right lens. Photographers have the advantage of mobility we don’t always have when working with sliders and multiple cameras.
I tell new videographers, ‘shoot emotion’. Think first, then shoot. There’s no point in filming everything. Trust me, I’ve tried that, and while I like to always be ready, if I really don’t see a place for it in the story, I won’t shoot it. Teake you eye away from the viewfinder for a secord to see what you’ll be filming in 5 seconds time. I have worked with some videogarphers that film everything and when I’ve come to edit I can’t tell their train of thought – perhaps because there isn’t one. The good wedding video filmmakers know what they want to get and just as importantly – when they’ve got it (and when they’ve not, and never will). As an editor it becomes very easy to spot the camera operators that are thinking, and the ones that are just shooting.
Using time effectively. No surprises there, then. Identify problems early. Is the couple’s time plan unrealistic? – it often can be… Keep them right if it won’t work and keep them informed of your plan and schedule. If our first appointment is more than 1 hr 45 min from home, we require accommodation close to the venue. We wouldn’t ever want to risk being late.