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  • Writer's pictureMakenzi Starr

20 Facts About Wedding Photography and Videography That Every Couple Should Know

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and capturing those precious moments is essential.

As you embark on your journey to find the perfect photographer and videographer, there are some key things you should know.

Here are 20 essential facts about wedding photography and videography that every couple should know to ensure your special day is beautifully documented.

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Understanding Wedding Photography

1. The Importance of Style

Every photographer has a unique style. Some focus on candid shots, others on traditional poses, and some prefer a more artistic approach.

Review portfolios to find a style that resonates with you and fits your vision for the wedding.

2. Experience Matters

Experienced photographers know how to handle the unpredictable nature of weddings. They can adapt to different lighting conditions, manage large groups, and capture spontaneous moments.

3. Second Shooter Benefits

Hiring a second shooter can provide multiple perspectives of your wedding. While one captures the main event, the other can focus on guests, details, and behind-the-scenes moments.

4. Editing Takes Time

High-quality editing is a meticulous process that can take weeks. Be patient with your photographer as they enhance your photos to perfection. Most photographers take 2-6 weeks to edit their wedding galleries.

Photographer taking wedding photos.

Understanding Wedding Videography

1. Different Styles of Wedding Videos

Wedding videos can vary from cinematic short films to documentary-style edits. Decide which style best represents your story and find a videographer who specializes in it. In 2024, highlight styled videos are the most popular.

2. Sound is Key

Good audio is crucial for a wedding video. Ensure your videographer uses high-quality microphones and sound equipment to capture vows, speeches, and ambient sounds clearly. Be sure you know when and where the videographer will need to mic you up during your wedding day.

3. Video Albums

Some videographers offer what is called a video album. This is a physical book you can put on your coffee table where when you open it it starts playing your wedding video.

4. Raw Footage Availability

Ask if you can receive the raw, unedited footage in addition to the edited video. It provides a more comprehensive record of your wedding day. It is very common for couples to receive all the raw video footage but not the raw photo footage.

5. Drone Footage

Ask if they do drone footage. This can be some of the coolest footage taken at your wedding day and really add depth to a wedding video. Excellent for the story-telling of your wedding video.

Videographer holding a drone.

Budgeting and Packages

Understand the Costs

Wedding photography and videography can be a significant investment. Understand what’s included in the package—hours of coverage, number of edited photos, album, highlight reel, etc.

Package Customization

Many photographers and videographers offer customizable packages. Discuss your needs and see if they can tailor their services to fit your budget and requirements.

Deposit and Payment Plans

Most professionals require a deposit to secure your date, with the balance due closer to the wedding. Inquire about payment plans if needed.

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Pre-Wedding Preparation

Engagement Sessions

Engagement sessions are a great way to get comfortable with your photographer. It helps you learn how they work and provides beautiful photos to use for your wedding website or save-the-dates.

Shot Lists

Create a shot list of must-have photos and share it with your photographer. Include family members, special traditions, and unique details you want captured.

Pre-Wedding Meeting

Schedule a pre-wedding meeting with your photographer and videographer to discuss the timeline, key moments, and any special requests.

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On the Wedding Day

Timing is Everything

Plan enough time for each photography session—getting ready, first look, family portraits, etc. Rushed sessions can lead to stress and missed moments.

Natural Light

Natural light can enhance the beauty of your photos and video. Discuss with your photographer the best times of day for lighting and plan your schedule accordingly.

Candid Moments

Some of the best photos are candid. Encourage your photographer to capture these spontaneous moments that truly reflect the emotions of your day.

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Post-Wedding Considerations

Album Design

Many photographers offer album design services. Work with them to create a beautiful keepsake that tells the story of your wedding day.

Sharing and Storing

Ensure you receive digital copies of your photos and video in a format that’s easy to share and store. Online galleries and USB drives are common options.

Review and Feedback

Leave a review for your photographer and videographer. It helps them improve their services and provides valuable feedback for future couples.

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Final Thoughts

Choosing the right wedding photographer and videographer is crucial for preserving the memories of your special day. By understanding these 20 facts about wedding photography and videography that every couple should know, you’ll be better prepared to make informed decisions and ensure your wedding is beautifully documented. Remember, it’s not just about capturing images and videos; it’s about creating a visual story that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

At Starr Photo and Video, we are dedicated to making your wedding day unforgettable.

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