Authors note: I myself am a hybrid photographer/videographer. I am a storyteller and use whatever medium suits best, my first preference is photography, followed by videography.
The job of a Photographer is to document a story in one single photograph, a story of love between two human beings, who decided to spend the rest of their lives together.
Choosing who will document your wedding day is a very important step, because what he covered, is what will shape your memories 5, 10 years later, as the photos/videos will be a reminder of what went down, who was there, and how magical & awesome it was.
Choosing only a photographer can have some great pros - and equally some cons. In this article, I discuss with you these advantages and disadvantages.
Having a team of photographers (2 photographers & 1 assistant) and a videography team (2 videographers + 1 audio guy) will result in having 6 people chasing you continuously. Having a lot of people running around does not only increase the mayhem but reduces how magical the day is. And during the most important part of the ceremony, the marriage part, you'll have 6 men with cameras, lights, strobes and microphones pointed at you, while blocking your families view of the marriage. This is the main reason I suggest clients think more about hiring videographers.
Planning your special day is stressful, but not hiring another team will reduce the stress, emails, contracts and deadline for payments. Having more free time on your hands, you can put that time to sort out small things for your reception, such as practising the first dance and even working on your relationship.
Having both a photographer and a videographer will make the post-ceremony shoot more daunting (if you choose to have a post-ceremony shoot). This is because after walking down the pier 4-times (for the video) you will have to spend 15 mins shooting posed photos with various configurations such as with the whole bridal party, then the groom with his groomsmen and the bride with her brides. Having only a photographer will allow you to focus more on getting great posed shots, in less time.
Let's say, your budget for 'storytellers' is 3,000eur. If you choose to get both a videographer and photographer, you need to split it in half or near. Spending 1,500 on a photographer and 1,500 on a videographer will get you an 'Ok' photographer & an 'ok' videographer while spending the entirety of the 3,000 on a photographer will get you a super-great photographer. This will result in a much better quality of photographs.
Having no videographer also increases the quality of shots taken because it frees the photographer up. While covering a wedding with a videographer, a photographer has to continuously think and check that he isn't blocking any of the video angles and casting a shadow on subjects from video lights. Most importantly look out for wires - So he doesn't trip and cause a scene.
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