Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: A Good Photo and Video Team

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

It’s time for our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A and today we’re talking about your photo and video team:  My fiancé and I are visual people and it’s really important to us to have both a good photographer and a good videographer.  We really want to make sure our wedding day is captured both beautifully, but also realistically.  But, at the same time, we don’t want it to be a circus with tons of cameras all over the place and/or a fight over the best shot.  How do we ensure that we have a good photo and video team that can work together?

Great question!  This is an important thing to think about since both aspects (photo and film) are important to you.  So, to start off you’ll want to search for photographers and videographers in the same way you would any vendor and then vet them the way you would anyone.  Once you’ve narrowed down the choices to the people who you like and whose style of photo or video you like, then you’ll want to talk to them.  Make sure one of your questions is about working with photographers or videographers (depending on who you are talking to).  Ask them how they shoot and how they work with the other.  What you are looking for here is a sense that they are happy to work with others and are a team player and not reluctant or negative.

After you’ve asked them how they work with others, this is a good time to ask them if they have any referrals.  If they are a team player, they’ll be able to give you some options of who they like and who they think do good work.  Not only is this a good sign that they can work as a team, but who they send you will give you a good sense of their personality and style as well.  You’ll want to look into the vendors they sent you and see if you resonate with them.  If you do, then great and perhaps those are folks you can consider as well.  If you don’t, perhaps it’s not quite the right fit. Go through this process with both the photographers and videographers you like and see where you come out.  You want to find someone you like, who does work you enjoy and who works well with others who also have a similar personality and style that you like.  This will help to ensure a good photo and video team.

Now I have to mention that you don’t have to pick a photographer or a videographer that was recommended to you from the other.  As long as both vendors are team players and work well with others in general, you should be fine.  However, one thing I always do with my couples is to introduce their photographer and videographer to each other about a month before the wedding. In the event they don’t know each other, this gives them a chance to touch base beforehand and understand how they each shoot.  I would recommend you do this for your photo and video team.

Lastly, I must mention that there are companies that do both photo and video.  Most start out as one and then add the other to build out their services.  If you hire one of these companies, this is also an easy way to make sure your vendors work well together as they’ll all be coming from the same overall team and will already know how each other shoots.  Both your video and photo will also come out looking as one coordinated piece. You’ll also most likely be able to pick a combo package that can many times be more economical than hiring two separately.  One thing to keep in mind with this option though, is that usually (not always, but in most cases) they are better at one than the other and it’s usually the one they started with.  Meaning a videography company who adds photo is going to be better at video and vice versa.  So, just keep that in mind if you go down this route.

Good luck with finding your perfect photo and video team, I’m sure it will turn out great!

Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events and her photo and video team at her destination wedding in Paris.

(Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)

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