Wedding Videography: Reception

Wedding Videography: Reception


bjbj You’ve captured the ceremony but the
big day isn’t over yet, you’ll still need to get the reception in order to seal the
deal. The reception is gonna focus heavily on toasts, interviews and everyone having
fun, which includes the dance floor. Every reception is different and they all
have their own set of obstacles to overcome; the most common is the toast. You’re gonna
want to find out who is giving the toast so that you can mic them up and frame them well
beforehand. [Speaker saying a toast.] You’ll want to capture lots of B role of cutaways
and detailed shots that will help you out when it comes time to put it all together.
You’ll want to get shots of flowers, the tables, presents and the cake. Basically, you’ll want
to cover anything and everything that will give you an overall vibe that will be the
most ideal to splice into the wedding video. It’s also a great idea to grab items to put
together shots, like a setup shot of the wedding rings with the centerpieces on the tables.
Get creative. Probably the most entertaining and unique part of any wedding video production
is the guest interviews. Now, it can be very difficult to get a good guest interview, but
if done right, can be the selling point of your DVD. First off, you don’t want to force
anyone to talk on the camera. Have questions prepared and use a handheld microphone. Now,
your onboard microphone won’t do the trick and using a lapel mic requires a lot of setup
and will be intrusive to your wedding guests, so instead, get creative and ask the DJ to
announce that you will be coming around to interview guests. Kids are always a great
icebreaker, let one of the children participating in the wedding choose the interviews. Ask
leading questions to help open the interviewee. Some great leading questions are, what do
you think Jared should do to keep Lisa happy, where do you think Jared and Lisa will be
ten years from now, what do you think Lisa loves most about Jared. There are two common
lighting setups for shooting a wedding reception. The first and most ideal is to get away from
the crowd and do a three-point lighting setup. If you can’t do that, an on-camera light would
be best.
Because receptions tend to be fast-paced, it can be very difficult to set up a three-point
lighting for interviews, but it can be really nice as well. What’s nice about it is that
it separates the guests from the wedding and allows them to get comfortable. It’s also
an area that has less noise than the middle of a reception. However, if you can’t do this,
another good option is your onboard light. This is preferable especially when you have
a dimmable LED, as it allows you to adjust the light, and the good news is, they don’t
produce any heat at all. One of the most important yet difficult things to capture at a reception
is the dance, because of this, you want to make to work with the DJ so that you can get
some good lighting, and if he doesn’t have any bring your own. Also when it comes to
cameras, you want to make sure to have a rover to get the tight shots and another one to
get the wide. Remember, you’re there to make sure you capture everyone having a great time,
so by getting plenty of footage at the reception and lots of great interviews that are lit
well and composed correctly, you’ll ensure that you have plenty of footage to make a
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8 thoughts on “Wedding Videography: Reception”

  1. Word of mouth mostly.
    Talk to family & friends. You can try craigslist. I get gigs there.
    Use all the footage to make your portfolio, and just keep working at it to get more experience, etc. Just don't expect like $800 from your first few weddings, since you are the newbie and it really, you should be thanking them for giving you the opportunity to learn rather than getting someone who has more experience.

  2. Just did my first wedding couple weeks ago, I have a question how do you get such amazing text?

  3. I am so grateful that great videos like this are free nowadays.
    I am pushing my work every day to accomplish a value level equal to this or higher.
    I really enjoy what I am doing and I know that there are people who would appreciate it too!

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