Pity the poor wedding videographers…

Lisa on the dance floor 

…who want to make an awesome video but sadly the wedding just isn’t awesome enough for them. I kid you not – some videographers apparently feel this way, as I found out when I saw the following ad for a workshop running in Sydney:

A Cinematographers Guide to Making Average Weddings Great
Up here in the Northeastern United States, namely New Jersey, not every wedding is outside in a beautiful setting with beautiful people and a great theme. Many times, my wedding clients are over-tanned and haven’t given much thought or attention to extravagance. So how do we as Cinematographers, give our clients what they expect from our awesome work when the wedding doesn’t give us gold material to work with? I will show you how to break-down the wedding day and use minute parts of the day to build story and find beauty in even the most modest and dare I say, ugly wedding events.

Gee, if you’re not a model with a great ‘theme’ who’s given to extravagance, you’re making it hard for your videographer! Let alone the fact that you might have an ‘ugly wedding’!! This guy’s found the solution though – he’s only going to film ‘minute parts of the day’ – he’s simply not going to film any of the stuff that isn’t ‘gold’. It’s a pity that the couple might want to remember some of those less-than-beautiful moments in the future… but clearly it’s not about you, love – it’s about the awesome video.

Is it any wonder I’m sometimes embarrassed to say I’m a wedding videographer?


Here’s what I see at every wedding I film, regardless of the couple’s “beauty”, extravagance, theme, or the setting:

  • Gestures and words of affection between people who love each other.
  • Nan hugs

  • Moments of fantastic humour and fun.

April and Ross in the car

  • The pride and love in parents’ faces as their children take a major step in their lives.
  • Moments of genuine intimacy and love between the couple – usually when they think nobody’s watching or taking photographs!
  • Sudden moments of emotion that overwhelm the bride or groom – these can’t be planned or ‘staged’, but they’re very powerful because they’re real.

Tamara Skyping

Such moments are what I’m always on the look-out for at every wedding – and they’re always there. Perhaps instead of trying to make something ‘awesome’ (read – cinematically impressive), the person presenting that session above could just look for the real love and affection between people. I’ve got a feeling their DVDs would be so much more moving and beautiful that way.

Playing at the piano