7 Things To Know Before Creating Your First Wedding Video

We shared a post about learning out loud last week and were taken aback by your strong support! Thank you! Today we are sharing our first of many posts about what we've learned or what we're ACTIVELY learning! High-five! ;) Let's do this.

I'm not going to lie to you. We were terrified to start our first ever video project. After shooting weddings as a photographer for the past several years, it was more than humbling to be put back into a spot of such strong uncomfortability. As much as it erked us to pull out of our comfort zone, it was also an incredibly rewarding learning experience. 

Here are a few things we wish we knew before creating our first video

  1. Slow down. I realized very quickly that what feels like 4 seconds of video during the recording actually was just 1 or 2 seconds of video!! I had to coach myself throughout the entire day to be slower than what felt right. 
  2. Don't be afraid to ask for movement. You know what's super boring to watch? 3-5 minutes of people standing in the same pose. Video needs movement to be relevant, so don't be afraid to ask your couples to take a few steps, move a hand, twirl (my favorite!), or whatever you like! We'll be sharing tips on how to do this without disrupting the photographer in a later post.  
  3. Get it right in camera. The editing options for video vs. photos are VERY different. Video is MUCH harder to correct in post. We did everything we could to get it right in the moment and not rely on post-editing for color correction or exposure.
  4. Tell a story. The old days of recording everything so you could and watch it back minute-for-minute are GONE (thank goodness!!). Using a few minutes to tell the story of an entire day is difficult, but it's so much more powerful and engaging to all audiences. 
  5. Look for audio opportunities. This goes hand-in-hand with #4. Quality audio can enhance your story... well, the story!
  6. Two hands at all times. I feel like a high school driving coach, BUT this one is very true. Keeping at least two points of contact on the camera (more like three!) helps keep the moving shots stable so you don't get the distracting shake. Will was much better at this than I was, and I'll also say having at least a monopod is a big must for this as well! 
  7. Don't be afraid to shoot wide open. Photographers are known for shooting wide open (low apertures), but I rarely see videographers take this risk for fear of getting an out of focus shot. I agree that it's incredibly difficult to shoot wide open all the time, especially with moving subjects, but it has it's place in story telling! 

Feel free to share what your must-knows are for video!