Post # 1
As a photographer and a not too long ago bride, I realized how important it is to have everything go smoothly. Perhaps though, even though everything is going smoothly, there are some things we don’t know and may find out until too late.
This is one thing that, I recommend all to-be-brides to read. Hopefully it’ll help! I read this today and, hopefully, I won’t ever have to encounter this ever in my career. So far I haven’t so still crossing my fingers!
Post # 3
Excellent article. The videographer and the photographer need to coordinate with each instead of getting into a “turf war”. It will only end badly, and leave a very disappointed client (bride & groom) in its wake.
That is making me think about how I will work my photography and videography. I think I will request to meet both of them at the venue for a planning session so we can all be on the same page.
Post # 4
Ironically from the other end I can guarantee that I have experienced photographers who are similarly challenging to work with.
I think it ends up boiling down to consideration and communication. We have always had a rule that only 1 person from our team is in with the bride getting ready and that has helped in the tight quarters. Many times I think the photographers and videographers forget that a) they are both being paid to document a joyous day and b) it is not about them but about the couple and the event.
My experience on the videography side is that many videographers are paid significantly less for their work than the photographers for similar effort and similarly expensive equipment. So when a videographer gets to deal with a harsh or abrupt photographer that is likely (or definitely) making signifcantly more for similar time both in preparation, shooting and editing it can feel a bit like a slap in the face to be dismissed or intruded on. While there are some videographers who charge $6,000 for a wedding I think the average rate is much lower (I think our highest package is around $900 for unlimited time, full editing and a bunch of copies with 2-3 high end cameras), while I can’t tell you how many photographer’s websites I have found where the “starting” package is $6,000. Both the photographer and the videographer are artists and the couple has decided that both are important elements they want to have documented…
We definitely have found it helpful to find design aspects that we can find a way to blend into so we aren’t in other peoples shots and so the guests don’t feel like the camera crew is an intrusion. There are a couple of times where the intrusion is unavoidable for both. We also make sure to communicate with photographers and DJ’s what kind of equipment we have, where it will be set up, if there is anything they need us to avoid, and we ask them for important cues which is helpful to make sure we all catch the important moments and know what the other party is trying to get accomplishd 🙂
Also something that may be helpful to be aware of… the garter belt is a GREAT place to hide the battery pack for wireless mics… and if you want your videographer to capture all of your vows and important speeches, so you can hear them again, ask them if they have a wireless mic that they can bring because it definitely improves the audio of important moments (but beware… the videographers are catching all communication, the good ones will ensure they edit out the bloopers… I have heard a bestman say the husband only got married for a tax write off because he was a doctor and needed on that year… hard to keep a straight face after that)…
Thank you for posting the article and hopefully the working relationship and communications improve for all parties!
Post # 5
We’re trying to acoid these exact issues by working with a photographer and videographer who work together often. And prefer to work together.
Ask your photographer (or videographer, whichever you hire first) if they can recommend a videographer (or photographer) with whom they work frequently or have some kind of relationship with. You may discover a great partnership that will save you hassle and worry and maybe even some money! (We got a bit of a discount for hiring both of the vendors we did because they like working together so much!)
Post # 6
wow… I’m one of the lucky few brides, then. Our photographer and videographer are friends!!! LOL! They’ve worked together on film projects (indy films) and I’m CERTAIN they won’t be having a turf war or anything like that! LOL!
Maybe that’s the key? finding a photographer and videographer what have worked together before and get along well?
Post # 7
@Zinzerena: That’s basically what my post said. 🙂 Agree completely!
Post # 8
I agree with this! DH and I are photographing an upcoming wedding and the friend whos the bride has given us NOOO information. One of the questions I asked was are you having a videographer? We’ve never shot a wedding with one, so we have no experience with “competing for the shot”.
this is a good article