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Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Videography

It's natural for people to want to document a major milestone like a wedding in a beautiful way. Traditionally, wedding photographers have been seen as the essential vendors to capture nuptials. While a photograph offers a snapshot of a moment in time—and that's great for many reasons—video can convey the emotion, sound, and movement of an experience in an entirely different way. Videographers are now considered an often invaluable addition to any wedding.

Wedding videography should not be considered a luxury. Not hiring a videographer is often the biggest regret couples have after a wedding. One thing a photo can't do, though, that video can, is capture important audible moments. Reliving the emotion in your voice as you recite your vows or the sweet words spoken by your father when he sees you in your dress for the first time are invaluable moments that only video can provide.

Why You Should Hire Element Films

If you are looking to hire a videographer to document your wedding, the pros say it's important to find one that specializes in weddings. A typical videographer might be used to working in an environment where they have more control and the ability to do multiple takes. But there's no safety net for wedding videographers. The experienced ones are usually flexible and prepared to handle any curveballs that may come their way while still being able to capture stunning visuals. Element Films has filmed many weddings since 2017 and has a great relationship with all wedding vendors and celebrants, making the day smooth and stress-free for all involved.

A wedding filmmaker has the highly specialized skills of navigating a wedding timeline, working without interfering with the couple or guests' experience of the event, working alongside the other creative partners, and navigating unexpected bumps along the way to ensure that no matter what, your wedding day is documented to perfection.

Another important factor to consider is how your videographer and your photographer will work together. A wedding videographer experienced in weddings will have a greater ability to collaborate with your photographer and understand the nuances that go into both of their workflows. Photographers and videographers have a dance that we perform throughout the day, each of us taking the lead at different times, finding inspiration from each other, and creating beautiful imagery for the couple. We both know what the other is looking for in regard to coverage, so we always try to help each other out.

How to Find the Best Wedding Videographer for Your Celebration

Once you've determined that video is a must for your wedding, it's time to search for the videographer who fits your goals. Not all videography is the same, so you should get an idea of some of the commonly used styles before you start reaching out to people. Documentary is a traditionally hands-off approach where the videographer will not stage any moments. Cinematic videography creates a movie-like experience of the entire wedding with strategic use of audio and music throughout. A storytelling approach may infuse the story of your relationship throughout the film of your big day.

Once you get an idea of your aesthetic, you should take a look at what videographers are local to your venue or have the ability to travel to your wedding. A recommendation, particularly from your wedding planner or photographer, can also be extremely helpful in your search as they will likely have experience collaborating with whomever they recommend, which will make the process more seamless.

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