Yesterday, I attended Belle and Kevin’s wedding at Hazelton Manor, and they also asked me to help them capture their day with video. I was a nervous train wreck for the entire week leading up to the event because of two reasons: I have never shot a video before, and I love Belle and Kevin to bits and didn’t want to screw up.
Photo: Tim Chong Photography
Well, I survived and I think I did alright. Here’s a list of things I learned about shooting weddings:
- You will have to fight for position. Chances are that there will be a photographer there, in addition to everyone else who is holding a camera.
- Get a vest and stabilizer. Weddings are very long, your arms are going to get tired very quickly.
- Be familiar with your equipment. I have never used a Steadicam Merlin before, and I didn’t have enough time to get it balanced properly, so I couldn’t use it, which sucks!
- Bring all the wires you could possibly need. I brought a Zoom H4N to record audio, and I got lucky that the DJ had a spare set of XLR wires. I have perfect audio of the reception thanks to him.
- Scout the venues ahead of time. I didn’t get a chance to take a look at the venue beforehand, and I had to make some really quick choices at the very last minute on how I was going to shoot everything.
Lessons for next time. Working on getting the videos together, but thankfully I can start showing people the video I helped them make to kick off their reception!