Your wedding video is all about capturing those unforgettable moments on your wedding day. It’s there to remind you of all the moments you shared with friends and family – and it can also highlight moments you might have missed on the day.
Below, I share 5 reasons why a second videographer is a good investment. Getting the most out of your wedding video sometimes means bringing in an extra pair of hands.
1. Different perspectives
Having two videographers at an event means you have two creators at your disposal, capturing different angles and perspectives. While your chosen videographer will have their own distinctive style, adding a second videographer adds variety to the final edit. It also ensures that significant moments are captured from multiple angles, giving a more comprehensive view of the event. An example would be filming on numerous lenses, simultaneously picking out crucial details and the wider scene. The final video will have a higher production value and be more visually interesting for you and your viewers.
2. More coverage
More videographers mean more opportunities to capture the critical moments of the day. Weddings can be hectic, with lots of things happening at the same time, and even the best videographer can’t be in two places at the same time. Adding a second videographer reduces the risk of missing important moments during the day.
It also creates more opportunities for more complicated shots using drones and other filmmaking technology. A creative couple shoot with two videographers instantly becomes more dynamic with the benefit of drone footage and simultaneous ground shots, creating a more dramatic sequence.
A second videographer also acts as a backup in case of any tech issues. Even the most experienced videographer has been caught out by a faulty backup battery or other technical issues, and having another videographer to cover guarantees that nothing is missed on your big day.
3. Better workflow
As mentioned earlier, no one can be in two places at once. An additional videographer can be strategically deployed to get coverage, while the primary videographer has to be elsewhere. This is particularly useful during bride and groom preparations when the couple is getting ready at the same time in sometimes very distant locations. Capturing those emotional moments; getting ready with close family and friends are the key to a great wedding video, and a second shooter means everything is captured.
In the unlikely event that one videographer experiences technical difficulties or misses a shot, the other videographer can step in to ensure that the moment is still captured. This provides peace of mind and guarantees that the final product will be as comprehensive as possible. Indeed, as mentioned over on Wedcuts, things do go wrong outwith the videographer’s control, and so having another camera running can ensure that you will have the memories captured.
5. Extra Support
Lugging around all the equipment and dealing with the logistics is extremely difficult when you are alone and is often not seen as an issue by most people. Having additional support by helping me carry gear, setting up and packing down after the ceremony, aid in micing up the readers and anyone speaking during the ceremony and the speeches can often help me work better and capture even more memorable moments. To ensure you get a high-quality film at the end, so many factors play this part during production. Things like setting up lights, microphones, and various lens changes all need to be considered when aiming for a high-quality film.
Having read the 5 Reasons why a second videographer is a good investment above, having a second videographer at your wedding has significant benefits for your wedding video, from increased coverage and creativity to acting as a backup in emergencies. Achieving that different perspective and the freedom to use more complex technology and equipment can make a film more dramatic, dynamic and interesting.
What do you think? If you’re planning a wedding and want to ensure that every moment is captured in the highest quality possible, consider hiring a second videographer. I have also written a post about why you need a wedding videographer which you can read here.