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Old July 29th, 2011, 04:47 AM   #16
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Re: Pre-Ceremony Coverage

Ronan, we have time because we don't record the photographer working (some people like to do it, it's just our preference not to.) Of course, how you ask is important; we simply ask people if we can take them away (from their friends) for a few minutes to chat with me. I escort them to the room where the camera's set up and just ask them to sit down, make themselves comfortable and ignore the camera.

The other thing I'd add is that we never do the interviews after the reception - by then the guests are usually so tanked up the interviews are just worthless. We always make it clear in writing that the interviews are only done if the photographer allows us time. If, as our last wedding, the photographer was a complete plank, they just lose out or, as in this case, have other people.

Of course it's also easier if, as we do, you have three cameras and operators.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #17
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Re: Pre-Ceremony Coverage

I always shoot the photoshoot and it's usually some of my best footage. Now by photoshoot I mean when the photographer is working just with the couple, I don't shoot all the posed family stuff, that's boring as all get out in the video. But when the photographer is posing the couple I always find creative angles to shoot them from. Often, my best footage is from the moments during the time the photographer is setting up the shot and the couple is interacting naturally. I also take this time to set up some things for myself that I like to have in the video.
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