1. Venue scouting and familiarization:
It's crucial to visit the wedding venue in advance to assess lighting conditions, angles, and potential challenges. Familiarizing yourself with the location will help you plan your shots effectively.
2. Equipment check and backup gear:
Ensure all your videography equipment is in working order, and have backup cameras, lenses, and accessories ready in case of technical issues.
3. Shot list creation:
Collaborate with the couple to create a shot list that includes specific moments, locations, and people to capture during the day.
4. Coordination with the photographer:
Communicate and coordinate with the photographer to avoid getting in each other's shots and to ensure a smooth workflow.
5. Audio equipment setup:
Properly set up microphones and audio recording equipment to capture clear and high-quality sound, including vows and speeches.
6. Lighting preparation:
Plan for adequate lighting, especially for evening or indoor ceremonies, to ensure your footage is well-lit and visually appealing.
7. Interview or voiceover plans:
If you intend to include interviews or voiceovers in the video, plan the questions and locations in advance.
8. Drone usage (if applicable):
If you plan to use a drone for aerial shots, ensure you have the necessary permits, and coordinate with the couple for specific shots.
9. Timeline synchronization:
Stay on top of the wedding schedule to capture key moments at the right time, from getting ready to the reception.
10. Backup power solutions:
Carry extra batteries and chargers to avoid running out of power during critical moments.