When discussing the correct methodology of the wedding videographer, one must go straight to the final prep stage. Final prep is the process of taking every bit of details about the day as possible within two weeks to the wedding. The reason it is usually done this close to the wedding is because by this stage the bride and groom should have had their final meeting with the wedding planner at the venue and therefore should know everything that needs to be known. Some brides insist on doing prep way before the wedding and the prep is almost always pointless as we end up asking them detailed questions that they simply do not know the answer to. It can be useful in terms of giving the bride questions to ask the wedding planner but almost always results in another final prep being done closer to the wedding after they have a had their final meeting with the wedding planner at the venue.
During the final prep the videographer will ask specific questions about the day to ascertain the order of events and the times of events, so that way the videographer can first of all make sure that he will logistically be able to cover these events (for example the bride organises a magician for the children but this is happening at another part of the venue while the photographs are being taken. The videographer will at that stage point out that if the bride and groom want the magician in the video then the timing will have to be altered)
Other questions that have nothing to do with times and the order of things will also allow the videographer to be ready for the exact nature of events in terms of camera movement and settings. An example of this would be the question "are you doing the usual close embrace for the first dance or is there a routine?
The reason questions like this are important is because if the groom is suddenly going to spin the bride out and pull her back in then the videographer needs to be aware of this so that he is ready to quickly zoom out and back in so that the bride is not spun out of the picture.
Another example would be the speeches. The videographer needs to know where all the people making speeches are going to be sat/stood, so that he can position the camera so that he can make sure that as various people get up and make a speech then he can pan and tilt the camera so that he can get the next person making a speech in the frame.
One the day with his plan in his pocket the videographer should be able to walk into a room and know exactly where to set up to cover the events as they unfold. Ceremony wise this is essentially important since moving around during the service is not acceptable. Before the ceremony the videographer should speak to whom ever is conducting the ceremony and check what there movement should be during the service to ensure that no one is walking in front of the camera. For this reason it is also essential that the videographer talks to the photographer also. There is often a conflict of interests between the videographer and the photographer as they are both wanting to get the best angle for their shots. The photographer is mobile however and therefore should accommodate the videographer who must keep his camera steady to produce a professional looking video.
In return the videographer should work around the photographer as he is in charge of organising the group shots and many other shots through out the day.
In summary vigilance must be at full for a sucessfull days videoing. If the videographer is detailed in his planning and observational on the day with a vision of how things will unfold the challenge of the wedding videographer can be a successful and enjoyable job.
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