Read About Wedding Photography and Videography

Long after the last guest has left the reception you and your spouse will have your wedding photography or videography to look at when you want to re-live the joyous occasion – hopefully, that is! When it comes to planning your wedding photography or videography, the most important aspect is to have an idea of the wedding memories you want to capture. And then you’ve got to work on finding someone with the right experience and who has a personality you can work with.

This will require more than scanning the phone book or Internet to find the least expensive package deal. It’s true that you get what you pay for and if you’re willing to pay the minimum amount, you might just end up with minimum wedding photography/videography service.

Right from the beginning, realize that wedding photography and videography services will consume a significant portion of your wedding budget. Also know that it’s an absolute must to book this type of talent as soon as possible, at least 6 months to a full year before the wedding date, especially if you’re planning the wedding during the summer or holiday season. You’ve got to get a head start and although that offer from your Uncle Vinny to photography your wedding (for free!) as his gift to you sounds tempting, resist the offer. This is not the time for amateur shots.

It’s important to move at a fast pace, but never skip the background check. Checking references is a must but so is being allowed to view the prospective photographer’s images from a previous wedding assignment. Don’t rely on the quality of their portfolio which is usually a collection of the best pictures from multiple weddings. You want to view one whole wedding, from start to finish. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau as they’ll have on file any complaints made against the person or company.

A lengthy history of wedding photography (as opposed to other types of photography experience, or your Uncle’s free offer) is also a sign that the person knows what he or she is doing. Don’t assume that the person you’re interviewing brings back-up equipment and batteries – ask because equipment does fail.

When selecting the wedding ceremony and reception location, make sure the photographer has access to the shots you want to get. It’s also a good idea before the reception to delineate an area where the wedding photographer/videographer can be based; somewhere primarily for the storage/setup of necessary equipment and extra gear. Close to the music is always a good choice.

When selecting someone to coordinate your wedding photography and videography, take time to discuss the types of pictures you want taken and of whom. Know whether the person will develop the pictures and assemble them into the wedding album or if you’ll just be getting the negatives and CD. In the latter case, you’ll be the one assembling the album. That’s fine as long as it’s what you expect and know how to do.

As you can see, advance planning is crucial. On your wedding day, you want to enjoy yourself knowing that someone reliable is out there, capturing the memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Destination Wedding Photography and Videos Are Dramatically Enhanced With Aerial Videography

Capture absolutely stunning aerial views of your destination wedding or family vacation portrait sessions, the aerial video footage will show off your beautiful destination wedding location in un-imaginal inspiring ways!

Advances with ultra sophisticated computer controlled multi-rotor helicopters have brought the price of professional remote-controlled aerial photography within the budget of anyone who is in the market for a reasonably priced professional wedding photographer or videographer.

Highly maneuverable, lightweight, battery-powered. Safe, quiet and now affordable, it’s not just for major motion picture budgets anymore!

The flight computer receives navigation info such as GPS, digital compass, altimeter along with stabilization sensors that keep the flying platform level – the computer does the hard part… The easy part is to just tell it ‘where’ to go, or just let go of the controls & fly in place… Any place!

New gyro stabled camera gimbals use robotic arms that further stabilize the camera, keeping the camera smooth and level, even during high wind & or aggressive flying maneuvers.

Aerial camera enhancement to ground level still shot photo and videography will add an ‘awe-inspiring’ visual that will entice the dream wedding forever.

Standard ground level still shots can be integrated into a photo fusion moving slide show with the ground level video which captures the heartfelt vow exchanges with clip on mics & optional studio quality mics creating a soundtrack which will showcase the destination wedding ceremony forever…

Editing in the footage from the aerial camera will absolutely take your breath away!

Ground level video and photography will capture the intimate detail of the romantic couple in their deepest embrace of love with all the tropical island splendor your destination wedding location is famous for… Waves crashing, perhaps the aqua marine colors glowing in through with the sun & close-ups with tide pools… Then the aerial camera circles up & above… Rising way above revealing a breathtaking, often jaw dropping ‘oh wow’ video of the newlyweds embracing among turquoise seas, with the dark lava rocks & dreamy creamy sandy shores.

In quick seconds the quad can shoot up like a rocket to higher altitudes to mesmerizing views, the clarity of the ocean reveals the living coral & golden sand below the shoreline reveals itself and the perspective or your intimate romantic beach wedding is laid out in a panoramic cinematic experience to be treasured a lifetime. (not too many years ago this would have only been possible with a six-figure film budget!)

Honestly, when I first heard someone proposing to do aerial video for weddings, i thought it would be distracting, and basically it could be unless the aerial videographer is taking off away from the wedding site and flying high over the ceremony. These ‘aerial cameras’ run off of batteries so they only make the sounds of the propellers, at 30 to 50 feet, they can barely be heard, at over 100 feet, they are completely quiet and can capture stunning camera angles that showcase the grandeur of the awesome destination wedding site. This footage would be a very inspiring enhancement to the normal photography and video, however to keep the dream wedding ceremony ‘all about the luv,’ the aerial footage would be better off being done right after the wedding. Portions of the wedding can be re-enacted to capture video from the aerial view, this way a 2nd or 3rd video pass can be added to the production that you could not do in a live ‘one-take’ wedding. Here in Hawaii, our weddings include a lei necklace exchange which is very colorful, re-creating that portion for the aerial video becomes quite dynamic with the dramatic views of the breath-taking wedding locations that are unveiled after close in shots taken by circling up and around the ceremony and then sky rocketing real high to reveal a much broader aerial perspective.

Most weddings have photography sessions right after the wedding, it would be enticing to do the aerial session in the same location. The bride and groom would re-stage their departure from the ceremony and take a romantic stroll to a picturesque place for after wedding photos. The flying camera can glide along the beach towards the couple embracing on a rocky point, circle around and then fly way up and out to sea, capturing the view the wedding party enjoyed but at altitudes which are beyond conceivable imagination. the highlights from the photo session can be combined with the aerial footage to create a photo fusion moving slide show video that will add to the grandeur of your dream destination wedding.

If your Destination Wedding Dreams include a Beach Wedding consider coming to Maui and get Married at a True Tropical Island Paradise – Hawaii’s Best Wedding Beaches are on Maui! Add Aerial Video footage to your wedding photography and video. Bobbie Jo and this article’s author Roger Curley have a deep connection to the ocean and the Tropical Islands they have sailed to and lived among during their nearly 4 years of Sailing Adventures. Roger experienced a 30+ year career in Hollywood’s Film, TV and Audiophile recording industry while Bobbie Jo has been performing Harp and Vocals at Wedding Ceremonies for over 30 years as well.. We bring our highly technical photography, video and worldly experiences together for Simply Elegant Dream Weddings on a Tropical Island Beach. A ‘Tried and True’ locally based Mom and Pop – One Stop Shop!