Friday, 25 April 2014

Essential Tips for Hiring a Wedding Videographer by Irene Piera

It’s time to introduce another one of our fabulous suppliers! Videographer Irene Piera will be joining us at Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale at Manor Barn on 8th June. To get a taster for the amazing way Irene captures weddings, take a peek at the amazing video above.

We asked Irene to give us her top tips on hiring a videographer for your wedding...

Choosing how to document your wedding involves tricky decisions but the most important thing you’ll need to keep in mind is how significant the day will be and how much you'll want to hold on to it after it's over. A wedding film might sound like an unnecessary expense but I encourage you to think of it as an investment: once the film is made it will remain a unique and permanent record of one of your most special life events. Having a professional filming your wedding means you will have someone with experience and expertise who will know where to go and what to do on your special but busy day. This will allow you the confidence of knowing that your film-maker can produce the best possible film of the day whilst at the same time taking some of the stress off your shoulders.

We all know cameras can be intimidating and because of that I really believe in the importance of building a relationship between couples and the videographer. Choosing someone that you get on with and who you feel comfortable talking to means you won't find the camera intrusive and you probably won't even notice it! Being discreet is part of a videographer's job but, before you book, have a chat with businesses whose work you like and find out about their style and use of equipment. A wide number of videographers currently use the same (or very similar) camera models as photographers as many of these allow them to shoot both stills and footage which makes the whole idea of film a lot less scary!

If you want your footage and photographs to look as clear and pretty as possible you will want to consider the lighting options for the day. For morning preparations choose a room with big windows – these are perfect as there will be plenty of natural light pouring through which will make the lighting look less artificial. This also applies to the ceremony venue but don't worry if the venue you've chosen isn't the lightest of places – you can talk about lighting options with your videographer to see what their thoughts are. As well as lighting, positioning at the ceremony venue is another key point. Discussing this with your videographer in advance will mean you won't have to worry about those details on the day.

O then day videographers focus on the natural flow of things and not so much on posed or specific shots. However, it is always special to film the moments when the photographer takes a minute to spend some quiet time with the couple as it's one of the only times you get to take a breath and talk to each other properly. Make sure you know what parts of the day will be filmed so that you're able to make the most out of both arts. That's the magic of having film as well as photography. Films complement the beauty of the photographs by giving you sounds and movements that will offer a beautiful and very special record in years to come. Hearing your mum's laugh, seeing your dad's expression change as he proudly walks you down the aisle or listening to your trembling voices as you both pronounce your vows is priceless - and I'm sure many of you would agree.

If you're really into the idea of film and you think you'd like more than one camera covering the events have a chat with your favourite videographer before you book and ask about a two camera option. Some businesses might only be run by one person but that doesn't have to mean they haven't paired up with other filmmakers in the past, so don't write them off if it looks like they work solo - as a videographer I'm constantly meeting lovely talented people with whom I end up collaborating and it's so exciting!

Most importantly remember to enjoy yourself, smile and don't worry about the camera. Those memories will be there for you to watch after the day so you can make the most of your wedding and have fun!

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