Your wedding is unique. At least it should be. So having it on tape is a pretty important part of it, perhaps the only one that will remain after everything’s done. Except for your spouse, of course. Having said that, it should come naturally to newlyweds to at least try and employ someone who knows what he’s doing about having it taped. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in most cases, hence this article.
The title is correct: wedding cinematographer. Because that moment surpasses by far the show and tell stuff that accompanies most moments in life. It’s beyond newsworthy. It should become your favorite movie.
Start by checking out the offer. Do not check the man, check his work. If you like one wedding in ten, move on. If you like five in ten give it a thought and if you like nine in ten that’s your guy. You should like the way he tells the story, the way he cuts the scenes, the way he embeds audio with video etc. Overall, you should feel you’re on the same page. And make sure he’s a PROFESSIONAL, not a part time amateur in search for a summer job. No disrespect to those, but it’s your wedding.
Next, communicate. Say what you want, pay attention to his advice – after all, he is doing that for a living – and make certain both parties understand the rules. Being a pain in the behind in the beginning rids you of many problems in the end. Tell him what audio you would like. Based on that, he will know what to shoot to seamlessly fit that. Most guys just shoot and then hit YouTube for a suitable audio, whereas it should be the other way around. A slow soundtrack requires a different type of shooting, a thing the cinematographer should be made aware of in the beginning.
Try to make it look real. Cooperate with him, do not expect him to work Oscar miracles if you can’t act if your life depended on it. Apart from the ceremony and party, which you can bet all your friend will record with handheld devices, your moment should have a beginning and an end. That’s where your guy comes in. Moments you cherish, places you love, things that define you, everything should be on that tape. Integrated in a simple plot, but highly efficient in eye-wetting later on when you review it.