Cap­tur­ing the big day

Bride and Groom - - BRIDAL FASHION -

Bride­andG­room asked Diana for some tips on choos­ing a videog­ra­pher and what to ex­pect on the big day. Q. Why do peo­ple choose to have their wedding day filmed? A. For most peo­ple pho­tog­ra­phy seems to be their first pri­or­ity, but peo­ple who hire videog­ra­phers want to cap­ture all the in-be­tween mo­ments. Videog­ra­phers are there cap­tur­ing the whole day and things the cou­ple may not even see. Q. What should cou­ples look for in a videog­ra­pher? A. Some­one who matches their style as peo­ple. There will be cou­ples who don’t want any­one to get too per­sonal. I try to por­tray the cou­ple and who they are; I don’t just want to cap­ture the cake, the dress and the first dance. Q. What makes a good videog­ra­pher? A. We like to think if a cou­ple don’t no­tice us dur­ing the wedding day then we’ve suc­ceeded. Peo­ple tend to shut down a lit­tle when there’s a cam­era in their face so we like to sit back and cap­ture from afar. We would rather just Diana’s top three tips for the big day are: 1. Meet with your videog­ra­pher prior to the day and have a good un­der­stand­ing of what you ex­pect. Com­mu­ni­cate with your videog­ra­pher about what’s go­ing to hap­pen on the day and in the week lead­ing up to it so they know what you want to have captured. Make sure the videog­ra­pher has all the con­tacts they need on the day so they can or­gan­ise the sound and con­tact the MC. 2.

let things grow and cap­ture things nat­u­rally. Q. What are some dos and do nots for hir­ing a videog­ra­pher? A. Cou­ples should def­i­nitely try to meet the videog­ra­pher prior to the wedding day be­cause I’ve seen some who haven’t met and there’s been a mas­sive clash of per­son­al­i­ties. The last thing you want is to regret hir­ing them. Q. How about dos and do nots for the videog­ra­pher? A. The worst one for me is stand­ing right up the front in the mid­dle of the aisle dur­ing the cer­e­mony, be­cause it takes away from the cou­ple. Q. Are there any eti­quette ex­pec­ta­tions for guests? A. Just be aware there are pro­fes­sion­als there on the day. It’s fine to take pho­tos and videos if that is what you want to do. The worst thing for me would be to set up film­ing for the cer­e­mony and some­one to come and stand in front of me while I’m film­ing. Q. What goes into edit­ing the footage to­gether? A. That’s my favourite part. On the wedding day you tend to get footage you didn’t even know you had and you find it in the edit­ing process. You can bring it all to­gether and you can cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful for them.

Choos­ing a videog­ra­pher to cap­ture the per­fect mo­ments on your wedding day can be a daunt­ing task. Shep­par­ton-born Diana Fisk runs videog­ra­phy busi­ness Film­bird, which sees her spend­ing about one week­end a month film­ing wed­dings in the Goul­burn Val­ley.

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