Justin is a wedding photographer & videographer based right here in beautiful British Columbia. He is also one of the talented editors on the Clipsake team and an all around stand-up guy. He can work an all day event and we guarantee you his smile will be as bright at 10pm as it was at 10am. Justin understands that some people will go for a professional videographer on their big day and others will take the DIY route. For those of you that follow the independent path of the DIYers, Justin highlights his 'must have' shots when filming your BIG DAY!
The day has arrived, and everyone is ready to capture some of the biggest moments. The bride and groom have tasked you with the camera, and the hustle and bustle of the wedding day begins. As always, the couple is first and foremost the main event. However, more importantly, there are a few things that will really complete your whole video. After shooting a few weddings, here are a few of my favourite tips to make your video complete:
- It's all in the details: The couple have spent countless hours deciding on the nitty gritty. At some point they may have had an argument regarding the colour of the flowers or the choice of linen used. The details are a great way of tying the video together and the volunteers who spent hours preparing the decor will also love you for recognizing their efforts. Some details that really tie the whole video story together are: rings, invites, accessories, decor and meaningful memorabilia passed on from family members. Every little detail counts.
- Emotion: One of the many reasons I love weddings; the unpredictable raw emotions. The reactions of the couple as they see each other for the first time are an important party of the video story. In addition, find out who the closest family members are and capture their emotions as the day unfolds. Some of the best loved moments of the day are; during the ceremony when everyone sees the bride for the first time, speeches, and first dances. During these times, you really get a true feeling of the day and are able to capture heartfelt expressions (who doesn't like seeing a grown man cry)?
- The couple: It's finally time for the bride/(s) and groom/(s). During their portrait session, be sure to capture their laughter and fun! This is ultimately what their day should be remembered as. Get in close to capture their emotion or stand from a far to capture the whole scene. One good tip when shooting video is to get them moving, dancing, or if all else fails have that bad joke you've been saving up ready to use.
- Have fun: So you've never shot a wedding before, or even held a camera. Here's the best tip to getting some great video. Have fun with it! Shoot different angles, get people to do silly things. If you know the people in the party I like to ask for a quick blurb, embarrassing moment or some sort of congratulatory message.
With these tricks up your sleeve, you're bound to get some quality footage for your video! Once you get the videos, leave the rest to us here at Clipsake!