My good friend, Crystal Kelley of Capture Life Events Inc.
Let’s face it, weddings can be and become highly stressful. I think everyone at a wedding is stressed except for maybe some bridesmaids and grooms men. As a videographer, you need to capture the day as it unfolds. There are no do overs, and you can’t ask the bride and groom to walk back down the aisle because you were not ready, or ask them to kiss again because you were too busy shooting something else during the first kiss. If you are fortunate enough to be chosen to capture a couples’ wedding, it is necessary that you think two steps ahead. I like to think of back up plans just in case I need one. For instance, I use a great deal of speeches and other audio moments to tell the couple’s story in my wedding trailer film. It is important for me to bring several different types of audio cables so I can plug into the dj’s mixer. I do not expect the dj to have all the necessary cables for me. It is my job, my responsibility to have every type of audio cable. Depending on the dj and their mixer, I may need a ¼ inch cable, or xlr, or a rca audio cable. Enough of cables, the point is, it is up to me to provide the right equipment and it is my job to be prepared. So, for going off topic, but I feel very passionate about being prepared.
Yes, weddings can be nerve-racking, especially if you and the photographer are not seeing eye to eye. It is extremely important that both the photographer and the videographer have constant communication. Without the communication, you will both be getting in each other’s shots. Here is the thing; you were both chosen for your creative style by both the bride and groom. Communicating with one another can only help increase this creativity, and creativity is what you both desire.
Whenever a couple hires me to shoot their wedding I explain to them very clearly that it is important for me to get footage of them alone. I cannot create a wedding trailer film without having time alone with them. The film is about them, so they need to be in it. Do I need an hour…no, I just need a few minutes, maybe 5-10 minutes. Again, this is where planning comes in to play. I usually have checked the venue out and know where I would like to capture them. Instead of telling them, “Um how about over there, uh no over here would be better, never mind let’s go over there.” What a waste of time. I wouldn’t only be wasting my time, I would be wasting the couple’s time as well as the photographer’s time. Weddings have deadlines, and you need to be fast. Everyone wants to spend time with the bride and groom so you better know what you want to do once you do have the time with them. Many times, I will capture some video while the photographer is taking candid shots of the couple. I love to do candids, and I can do them while I am with the photographer, this is just another way to save on time. When I do have them alone, I like to do walking shots with my glidecam stabilizer.
I have had my share of working with some stellar photographers. One that comes to mind is my friend Crystal Kelley. Her work is amazing, she is friendly, and she directs the couple and groups very well. When a photographer is in charge of capturing the family portraits it can be a bear some times. I have witnessed Crystal in this environment and she is great every time.
We work so well together. I love the fact that Crystal understands my needs as a videographer. It is very important to me to give her time with the couple, and she knows my visual needs as well. We usually converse before the wedding and I tell her where I will be in the ceremony so that I or my wife do not end up in her shots. When we arrive at venue for the reception I take time to tell her my plans on how I would like to capture the bride and groom as they are introduced for the first time. I believe we work well with one another because of RESPECT. We respect one another’s craft, we respect one another’s vision, and most importantly we respect each other.
Communication is key, and when you have that and combine it with respect, you are on your way to creating wonderful artwork for the bride and groom. I had the opportunity today to ask Crystal Kelley what she thought was important when working side by side with a videographer. This is what Crystal said, “It is crucial to have a strong working relationship between photographer and videographer. Working in tandem, setting up the shot and creating boundaries is key. At the end of the day, we are both doing the best we can to capture memories and document one of the most important days in a couple's life.”
Her statement sums it up. We are there for the couple, and with respecting boundaries we can better perform our job. Crystal is a highly motivated photographer who loves to capture weddings, newborn photos, engagements, and more.
On a side note, Crystal Kelley owns Capture Life Events Inc. Her studio is located at 55 W. Alluvial in Fresno CA, 93650. You can connect with her online at the following address: www.CaptureLifeEvents.com
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Below are some samples of Crystal's work
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.