Want a wedding video, but CAMERA SHY?
As experienced wedding film producers we have worked with many couples where one or the other has not wanted their big day filmed because they are camera shy, usually we have to say, it is the Groom! Wedding Videographers can help couples to overcome camera shyness. Believe us, your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life and time will fly by. You will be too busy getting married and enjoying yourselves to worry about the cameraman, who by then, you will know and feel comfortable seeing.
Please don’t miss out on the fantastic films being produced today, just because you are not confident in front of a camera lens.
If you are feeling camera shy, here are 7 ways of dealing with it:
Meet before the day. By having a face to face consultation, the couple can meet the cameraman and see the cameras, also they are able to view examples of our work. All this gives our prospective clients an idea of how a wedding videographer films a wedding and what shots are crucial to making the film work. This consultation makes our clients feel more comfortable about having their day filmed and also helps them understand that there is no pressure on them at all.
Be yourself. Don’t be any different just because a camera is pointed at you. When you see the cameraman filming you, there is probably a creative reason for it and any change in your composure could possibly ruin the shot. So be yourself and ignore us, you may be surprised at how good the camera can make you look when you see the final cut.
The time out rule. Make an agreement with your camera crew that when you ask for time out, they stop filming around you. That way there is a comfortable understanding between you. They will probably go off and gather some important shots for the film away from you and your guests.
Being interviewed. At some point during the day your camera crew may interview you on camera and ask a few questions such as “How has the day turned out so far?” At this stage, the camera will normally be placed on a tripod and the cameraman will ask you a few questions without having to man the camera himself. Naturally, you will find yourself in a conversation with the cameraman and not the camera. This is normal practice for us and we find it works with a bride and groom that are genuinely shy. If you ignore the camera and get into a conversation your film will show the natural you, as your friends and family will recognise. And it’s all over within minutes!
I hate my voice! Don’t we all when we hear ourselves on video. But don’t let that put you off having your wedding day filmed. We can’t do much with the way your voice sounds. Maybe we can speed it up or slow it down, or put some filters in it to make it sound different, but why? To people you associate with everyday, your voice on TV sounds no different.
And you need not be concerned if you mess up. We edit out all the “Errr’s”, little coughs and pauses, so your film will portray you speaking confidently and with a good pace.
Take Two! Ok, we won’t have a light’s, camera, action scenario at your wedding, but you can ask the camera crew to exclude any particular part of the recording at the time it is being filmed. As we said before, we want to capture you as naturally as possible, however, we may have some creational juices flowing and ask you some questions about the day or get you to do some acting out. This is done very quickly and at any time you want to re-take what you have just said or done, you can! And what’s more, this is generally good fun and the results on the final cut are great to see.
The future. Above all, the benefits of having your wedding day professionally filmed are immense. The day for us is far more than hanging around the happy couple. It is about gathering all the important information, from the wedding itself, to the tiny detail in the table decoration at the reception. We are usually set in the background, leaving you to enjoy your big day.
Wedding video today has become a must for most couples and with the digital technology available at our fingertips; your film can be compressed for the web, i-pod’s, and mobile phones and be taken with you wherever you go.
You may choose not to have your day filmed because of a lack of confidence, but imagine the benefits in the years to come showing generations how you all looked and acted back on the day. Would you feel embarrassed watching it then? Once the film has been made and delivered, it soon becomes apparent that all the fuss was for nothing and we often hear the comment “We hardly knew you were there!”