Videographers are in high demand as couples commit to reliving their wedding day, writes Jemma Ryan
Between mingling with guests, dancing and posing for more photos than you ever have in your life, your long awaited wedding day is sure to come and go faster than you would like.
Which is why employing the skills of a videographer is becoming a popular option for those who wish to capture both the sights and sounds of the day.
Wedding videos are no longer synonymous with the hours of poor quality, unedited footage that your parents may have sat you down to watch on a VCR.
Today’s wedding videography produces short dynamic films with quality camera work that helps to capture the broader narrative of the day.
It allows the best bits of a 10-14 hour celebration to be condensed into a one-to-two minute trailer, three-to-five minute highlights package or 15-20 minute feature.
Pat Petrucci, owner and director of Lightbox Media, says the professional yet relaxed approach employed by those operating the camera allows couples to soak up all the joy, laughter and emotions of the day while they go about capturing the atmosphere on tape.
“Wedding videos are a lot more candid than in years gone by,” he says.
“Ideally we just capture the way the day unfolds as opposed to setting up things which can make it look a bit uncomfortable.”
Many couples request that their videographer capture a selection of footage including establishing shots of the location, aspects of the bridal party preparations, the exchanging of vows, and the speeches and bridal waltz at the reception.
The recent revolution of wedding documentary has resulted in plenty of innovation in the field.
The application of a soundtrack, which can be chosen by the couple, can both personalise the product and help to communicate the emotion of the day.
The final product is now a lot more polished with black borders on the top and bottom of the screen to give a cinematic effect.
And the output of the film as an MP4 file means it can be played on all your portable devises, uploaded to social media and put on a USB so you’ll always have a back-up.
While popularity is growing, videography is only really considered in addition to still images, if budget allows.
But Pat cautions that the decision to go without videography is one that can’t be rectified once the big day has been and gone. He says while some couple might be reluctant about investing in videography at the start, they are won over when they see the final product.
“I advise couples to give a lot of consideration to things that might be missed that wouldn’t be missed if you had a video.”