We Are Having a Wedding Photographer, but We’re Not Sure Whether We Need a Wedding Videographer/Cinematographer. Why Should We Bother?
- Media & Creative Specialist/Owner at Colorfield Media
- Has over 18 years experience in the entertainment industry
- Has worked with many well known clients such as Subaru & Century Twenty-One, Shelly Yakus (John Lennon, U2) & Artie Kornfeld and even screenplays that were previously picked up by Dick Clark Productions.
We run into this question quite a bit and it always makes me scratch my head a bit. As both a photographer and cinematographer, I can truthfully say these two arts are worlds apart. While you have to have a “photographic” eye as a cinematographer (at least that’s what I believe), watching a film / video / movie of your day is a completely different experience than going back and looking at photos. A photograph is a moment frozen in time and is beautiful in it’s own right. A wedding film is exactly that…a film. It’s a story told about the love between two people that is captured on their special day. It’s uniquely their story. You get to see people interacting, laughing and loving. You get to relive the vibe during a certain song or moment in a story that no other medium can tell quite like cinema can.
We approach our wedding films as actual movie productions. When combined with high production shots such as aerials, great sound, the beautiful bokeh of good glass, the powerful emotions brought to the surface by combining footage with the right music, color grading to create a certain look and those special moments that only filmmakers can capture, it’s not an experience that can be duplicated by anything else. You may love the photo of you and your Father dancing to your “Daddy / Daughter” song but you can’t hear the song or see your Mother crying in that photo. Wedding filmmakers tend to capture more natural moments also. While doing photography at weddings, you can shoot with a journalistic style but a lot of those moments are purposely posed. Natural, in my opinion is always better. It’s just more real and touching. I’ll just leave off by saying that when you ask “We are having a wedding photographer, but we’re not sure whether we need a wedding videographer/cinematographer. Why should we bother?”, I’ll say, why have a cake if you’re having a DJ or why have flowers when we already have an orchestra? They’re really two different things completely.
Vin Colella From Colorfield Media, LLC
Alexander F. Lewis
A Lewis Films
Colorfield Media, LLC
Film House Weddings
Greg Hoffman Films