Anyone who knows me and my wife knows we're always up for a party. And what parties consistently deliver free quality food and beverage for guests ages 25-and-up more than weddings?
My wife and I have attended dozens of wedding together. So much so, we will even make side bets: Who will be the first bridesmaid to cry? What's the over/under on the length of the sermon? Will "Uptown Funk" be played at the reception? If so, how many times? etc.
So after considering myself a bit of an expert Wedding Guest, the transition to Wedding Videographer has become a fun and seamless learning experience. So far, I have shot a wedding each of the previous two weekends with a few more on the horizon this fall.
In many ways, weddings are like shooting sports. You have one chance to get the shot., and every ceremony is like a game in that you can prepare where to position your camera to get the best shots but have to be ready to adjust on the fly.
I've been able to cover the ceremonies with a Canon 5D on a tripod in the back on crowd, a GoPro placed behind the minister facing the bride and groom while I move around with my Canon 70D on a monopod to vary up the shots. I've also been able to cover most of the key points of the reception with the 5D on the tripod while I shoot with the 70D until the light gets too low and I switch up to just the 5D. Again, I've learned something with each shoot and am confident I'll have the routine down pat.
Congratulations to Matthew & Leelan Whaley and Stephen & Ashton Byrne on their beautiful weddings, and thanks so much for letting me be a part of them!
I'll be posting videos from them soon.
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.