Vicky and Tony got married at the beautiful Westerham Golf Club in Kent and I had the pleasure to be their wedding videographer.
While most couples upgrade to a photo and video package later on, Vicky and Tony booked my combined all-day photo and video package at the same time via my online booking system. Before long my assistant and I were headed off to Kent to capture the big day!
The pair of us arrived early in the morning to meet Vicky in her hotel in Kent. We decided that I would focus on photographs while my assistant would predominantly focus on the video, though our cameras are equipped to do both with ease.
Slow motion material
We started by focusing on the smaller details, from Vicky applying her makeup to a close up of her dress. We edited this into slow motion material to give it that cinematic finish, which would be perfectly complemented with the right music. I like to interview my clients before they take their vows, so we had a quick chat with Vicky. In less than five minutes we had everything we needed, and made sure we filmed the interview with two cameras to facilitate easy editing without jump cuts.
Later on we headed over to Tony’s house, where he was getting ready with his friends and children. Again, we honed in on the finer details for some slow motion shots, such as the groomsmen tying their shoelaces. We had a quick two-camera interview in the garden before playing around with some group shots, including a slow-mo jump in the air! My assistant made her way to the church to set up while I finished up with some still portraits.
Wedding Videography at Westerham Golf Club
At the church, everything was ready to go – three cameras were in place, along with microphones set up on the lectern, around the room, and attached to the priest and groom. I remained as quiet as possible as I took some still shots while my assistant filmed the ceremony. Vicky was a little nervous but looked happier than ever!
We decided to go with extreme slow motion for the confetti shots – it has a wonderful dramatic effect! My assistant was using a gimbal for the handheld shots. This is a wonderful little device which helps to stabilise the camera, making footage look all the more professional. We used this over at Westerham Golf Club while filming guests’ video messages before getting ready for group photos.
Simultaneous photography and filming
I took the opportunity to get some family group photos while my assistant moved some lights for me. We shot the couple portraits simultaneously on both video and still cameras, helping to catch Vicky and Tony’s smiles even more! As they were posing, my assistant took some impressive “fly around” clips, which are particularly effective for walking shots. Have a look at their wedding photography here.
For the speeches, we set up three cameras once again – one on the father of the bride, one on the groom, and one on the best man and Tony’s son. My assistant went for the gimbal again to capture the cake cutting and first dance in slow motion – complete with a cake smear in Tony’s face! It’s amazing how cinematic a shot you can get using such small, unobtrusive equipment.
In my job, a full shoot can last as long as 16 hours, but I always make sure my assistant goes home after a maximum of 10. To that end, I filmed the exit interviews with Vicky and Tony by myself using two cameras once again. I edited the final footage and sent over the still photographs and footage to Vicky and Tony in one package, which they really appreciated.
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