Those are strong words, aren’t they? I thought so too, but the shocking part (to me at least) is that these are not my words but the words of countless couples asking a very valid question. Can wedding photographers and wedding videographers get along??
This has come up enough that I thought I would address it here and hopefully help couples navigate what apparently has become a bit of a ‘thing’ in the wedding industry. I actually didn’t realize this was something couples were wondering but as I was getting more and more questions about if it was “ok” for them to hire video, or wedding planner’s who were advising couples to “prep the photographer” that a videographer was going to be there, etc. I became painfully aware.
I had a bride share a horror story with me the other day about being a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and seeing the wedding photographer and videographer look like they were going to come to physical blows. I’m sure my jaw hit the floor as she was telling the story but the idea that even for a second two wedding vendors could forget that it was about the couple getting married and made it all about themselves was insane to me. It’s horrifying and ridiculous. But stories like this are more common than you might think and it’s causing undo stress for couples already feeling the pressure of wedding planning.
So here is the short answer: WE LOVE WORKING WITH VIDEOGRAPHY TEAMS.
Here is the long answer plus a word of caution. When you hire vendors for your wedding you need to make sure you’re hiring professionals. There is no conceivable reason that you as a couple should ever feel hesitant about having to “prep” anyone for anything. It’s your wedding. Period.
Now, to be fair video can be complicated and to be completely honest I’ve seen more than my fair share of terrible situations. So I guess the long answer is: we really love working with the right videographer, but a small and slightly more important thing to consider is this…the WRONG videographer has the potential to affect your wedding photography and overall wedding day stress. Ekkkkkk. I know, let me explain.
Having professional vendors is extremely important for your wedding day all around. Aka, we promise to serve you well and will never fist fight with other vendors (I cannot even begin…) But there are a few vendors that I would consider professionalism to be an even higher priority simply because of how involved they are in the moment by moment interactions of your day. We live in a day and age that beautiful cameras are not hard to come by, websites are not that hard to design, and because of that, there is an unfortunate side effect that brings out both the not-so-professional photographers and videographers.
As far as video goes there are a number of dangers to this. I have terrible stories to tell you, couples not seeing wedding footage EVER (after paying thousands of dollars), couples waiting upwards of 2 years for a 60-second highlight reel, unprofessional behavior at the wedding, being completely intrusive on a special private moment, etc.
A true professional knows where to stand and why, what lenses to use so they don’t have to be in your face the whole time, how to see and work with a variety of lighting situations and document the most important moments of your life without making those moments about them. At the end of the day, your wedding is about no one else but the two of you.
The danger of bringing in someone who is “okay” or at the last minute is they might not realize that and make it about them.
From our side, the biggest challenge we find to working with low-end or new videographers is that if they don’t know how to work well with others, or they have not had long term experience, they might very well be standing in all your photographs. Now, let me assure you, our team will move heaven and earth to get you exemplary images. Because we DO have long term experience and will make it happen. BUT if we have a videographer who has a go-pro and is swinging in frantic circles 6 inches from your faces during your first dance, or your first kiss… it makes our job a whole lot harder. 😉
SO all that to say, WE LOVE videographers and the biggest encouragement I have for you is this: Invest well. If video is important to you then invest in a quality professional video team that will really compliment your wedding images.
If it’s not in the budget to invest in a true professional filmmaker but you really want some video then set up a tripod with a cousin in the front row (on an iPhone) to capture the ceremony, the part that most couples are wanting to be captured. It will give you a live view of what’s happening and what you’re saying. Something you can look back on with great love and affection. And for the reception have your guests download an app like WeddingMix that allows them to all shoot video and share all the footage with you!
Hopefully, that helps clear a few things up, but don’t hesitate to reach out to get a few recommendations on our favorite amazing professional video teams we love working with.