How We Work
How We Work
There are many different ways for wedding video companies to carry out filming on the day, however we are very aware that the majority of people do not enjoy being filmed. Because of this, we have adopted a very unobtrusive way of filming using body language, techniques and equipment based on over 30 years of filming weddings. We use multi cameras for different angles if necessary and sound recorders for extra security. We do not set up poses unless specifically requested, or influence the wedding in any way for the purposes of the filming, which means that events are captured in a very natural way as they unfold throughout the day. Our Photography requires more interaction as you would expect, but very much in a stress free style.
Weddings are very much about friends and family, many of whom may not have seen each other for some time and we consider that it is very important to capture that aspect of the day without being ‘in peoples faces'. Of course, the Bride and Groom are the most important people at the wedding, but they also want to see the things that they missed on the day.
Whether video filming only or taking still photographs, we film from at least an hour before the start of the ceremony, or longer to capture preps if required, guest arrivals, scene setting etc. The whole ceremony and speeches are filmed with nothing edited out or changed unless specifically requested otherwise. The rest of the day is spent covering the photo session, confetti, reception, drinks, greeting guests, room decorations, the meal, cake cutting, speeches and through to the first dance and beyond as required. We do not film or photograph people while they are eating, but show courses being served and the guests in between courses -
One question that we are frequently asked is ‘How can you video and take still photos at the same time? Well, when you have the right equipment and over 30 years of experience, it is comparatively easy. Our modern video cameras are light and quickly set up and moved and we use a mix of unmanned and manned cameras to achieve different angles with the minimum of intrusion. We also use traditional DSLR cameras and lenses for photos, which are carried all the time, whilst manned video cameras are tripod mounted. The ceremony and speeches require regular video shot changes, but there is also ample time for still photographs at the important moments. There are also times when priority changes, so romantic and group shots require more photographic attention, whilst video needs less changing at these times, which is done between photos. We actually find it easier and less tiring to film the combined package than working around a different photographer whom we would need to give priority to.
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Over the years that we have filmed weddings, one of the most common praises that we have received is 'We didn't notice you!' That comment, together with the fact that 70% of our work now comes from recommendation, gives us great satisfaction.