A cinematic wedding film, relies heavily on audio not just video. Vows from your ceremony, toast during the reception, you interacting with your family and friends will all have the potential to make it into the film. Background noise can hinder the moments of you talking. If you said something really heartfelt to your mother but the music was blasting in the background, I will not be able to use it because of how loud the music was. So please, turn down the music so in case something is said that is powerful I will have a chance to use it in the film.
Try not to get ready in such a small space. Remember there will be videographers and photographers who need space and if you have too many people and things in the room it can become very difficult to move around.
Please no gum chewing. I understand that it is a stressful day for you and others, but when I shoot video of you getting ready and see that you are chewing gum I can’t use it. I want to capture the moment as nicely as I can but if you’re chewing your gum it just won’t work. By chewing your gum, you limit the shots I can get, which leaves me with less footage. I try my hardest to get as much footage as I can to make the film as unique as possible.
Try to get your hair and make-up done in front of a large window that has natural sun light. Natural light always looks best. When you rely on overhead lights in the house, it can cast shadows on your face and eyes which in return make you look as if you have dark zombie eyes. So please, before you set up think about where the natural light is and set up there. Make sure there is plenty of room in front of you as well, so that I can get by and take video from right in front of you. Also, when putting on jewelry do it in front of a window. The glow from the sun looks so much better than room lights.
During the reception while you are getting photographed by the photographer allow me some time with you too. The film is about you, and if I do not have enough of you to make the film, the film will not serve its purpose. Usually I only need about 10 minutes with you. I can get some walking shots, candid shots, and some creative shots. PLEASE ALLOW ME TIME WITH YOU SO I CAN MAKE YOUR FILM LOOK AMAZING WITH YOU IN IT!
I like to use speeches to drive the film. If you choose to use your own vows for the wedding that is even better. If you decide to read letters from one another, that too is great audio for the film. As much as this art is about pictures, it relies heavily on audio.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.