Do You Really Need Two Videographers?

by | Feb 14, 2018

What’s going on, everybody? Today we’re talking about how many videographers you need on your wedding day! There’s a lot that goes on during the wedding day, as you probably already know. The bride prep, groom prep, first look (if you’re having one), photo session, ceremony, reception- and we all know that there are plenty of big events and moments that happen at the ceremony and reception. There’s a lot that goes on, and it’s a long day. It’s a very long day. So having proper coverage of your day is kind of essential, because you can’t redo the wedding day (you could redo your wedding day, but that’s not the goal…). So it certainly depends on what all is going on during your wedding day, but having two video shooters is much more preferable than one. Some people aren’t sure if they need two video shooters, so here are my top 3 reason why you should have two videographers on your wedding day!

1. Coverage of the bride and groom prep! Most obviously, one shooter cannot be in two places at once. The bride is more important (sorry gentlemen), so if you only hire one shooter for the wedding day, the bride takes priority. If there is no coverage of the groom prep, then there is less content, which means that there is a chance that your wedding film won’t be as long.

2. When you have two shooters, you can get a lot more creative shots- especially during the ceremony and reception. With one shooter, you are prioritizing the most important shots, which of course is the center aisle shot for very clean coverage. Having two shooters is very reliable. One shooter can get the critical aisle shot for the kiss, the rings, and the vows, while the other shooter can be a little more mobile- getting different angles, cutaways, reaction shots, all around the ceremony area. That brings HUGE creative value to your wedding film. A general rule of thumb is that you can have two cameras per shooter. The shooter will be operating one camera, while the other camera will be on the side, running unmanned. It’s still getting a good angle, but if any action happens during the ceremony or reception, only one camera can move at a time. So with two shooters, you can have 4 cameras running at the same time! This makes sure you have all of the proper angles. Most importantly, you can have all three of the critical shots during your ceremony, the center, left, and right asile shots (which is only possible with two shooters). See 2:13 in the video for visual examples. It’s really important to have all three of those angles for the vows, the ring exchange, and of course the kiss! Overall, having all three angles of your wedding ceremony makes the experience much nicer. Of course the most important angles are going to be of you guys, the bride and groom, but having those creative cut away angles- seeing your mom and dad’s reaction when you say “I do!” really makes your wedding film that much more special.

3. I know I talk about this all of the time in my other vlogs (and I’m certain it will come up again in future vlogs). Murphy’s law, “anything that can happen, will happen,” is very real, especially in a wedding. Being that this is my profession, and you are trusting me with capturing your once-in-a-lifetime day. That’s really important, so I’m not going to take any chances. So having more cameras is definitely the safer option. Why? Because a camera battery could die, a memory card could corrupt, or a guest could stand up and unintentionally block my camera shot. Let’s just say the kiss is about to happen, and I have a great angle from the side. A guest stands up (to take an iPhone picture), and my angle is blocked. It certainly could happen, because I’ve seen it happen. But luckily my other shooter had a clean shot, and the moment was saved! I take a lot of pride creating these beautiful wedding films that tell your love story. They have so much love, emotion, and creativity packed in it. I just want to make sure that no mistakes are made, and if something does happen, I want to make sure that there’s a backup. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH BACKUPS.

So that’s it for today’s post. I hope you got a little insight on having two shooters versus just one. It’s going to cost more money of course, because you’re having an additional shooter cover your wedding. But in the end, I think it’s worth it for you to have all of that extra coverage and creativity in your wedding film.

If you’d like to learn more behind-the-scenes of making your wedding day amazing, check out my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram, and click on my other vlog posts and wedding films. See you next time!

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