You may have recently seen a company - Shoot It Yourself- on Dragons Den who stated that the best way to capture your wedding day is to shoot it yourself. As professional videographers we found allot of their claims about pros untrue. This company appear to claim that the editing of the footage is the professional part and that letting your friends and family capture the day ends with better, more fun results than a professional camera shoot of your day would.
The advantages of this approach
We believe that there are advantages to having your friends and family shoot footage of your wedding day. Some of these advantages include:
- You as a couple are more likely to be relaxed around people you already know, so you will provide more natural reactions and ultimately end up with some fun, entertaining footage.
- You can also shoot footage all day from waking up in the morning until the last track on the dance floor
The problems with this approach
If this is the only video you are going to receive of your wedding day we believe that there are some major issues with this approach. Some of these issues include:
- You are making your friends and family responsible for capturing all the important moments in the biggest day of your life (this could end in tears!)
- You may put too much pressure on your guests. Your guests are there to enjoy your day, not to work and feel responsible for capturing everything going on
- Even in ‘auto camera mode’ issues can occur that require manual override knowledge (backlight issues, audio interference, filter switching etc)
- Even experienced television camera operators admit that filming a wedding professionally is one of the hardest tasks a videographer can face (a live event is not easy to capture correctly the first time)
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'Behind the scenes extra' solution
We believe that the solution is to have a behind the scenes extra section to your final Blu-ray or DVD. We will lend you a broadcast level HD camera to film the wedding yourself from a behind the scenes perspective, whilst we shoulder the responsibility of capturing the big moments professionally, letting you and your guests relax and just capture moments throughout the day.
This lets your friends and family be creative in capturing fun moments, rather than be responsible for filming the whole day. They can then shoot as little or as much footage as they feel comfortable with. We will provide you with an ideas sheet of the shots you could capture and that we find usually work well, but really your guests creativity is the only limit! We will then edit the footage into a presentable 10-20 minute extra on your final disc.
Take a look at our behind the scenes extra page to find out more