What I learnt shooting my first solo wedding video

Updated: Jul 11

Their big day is your big responsibility.

1. Bring more spare batteries than you could ever use

I can't stress this enough: make sure your camera bag is filled with spare batteries. I'd also recommend that you locate a plug socket as soon as you arrive at the venue in case you need to recharge. You quickly run out of battery power when you shoot almost continuously for 10 hours (Sony, god love you, but you have weak batteries), so make sure you are prepared.

Because I had spare batteries in my bum bag the whole day, I didn't have to worry about running back to my kit bag in times of need.

Sony spare batteries

Nikon spare batteries

2. shoot shoot shoot

Shoot as much as footage as possible. While it may be tempting to turn your camera off during a bit of a lull, I managed to capture some lovely moments by continuing to shoot. It was much easier to put together the story of the day with so much b-roll available in the edit.

3. Know your angles

Shooting alone means that you can only ever have eyes on one camera. For the big moments like the first kiss or the speeches, take the time to set up your tripod so you know that you will 100% get the shot you need. Then grab your gimbal or your handheld camera and have some fun getting reaction shots, or a different angles of that special moments.

4. Get there early

If they tell you that the bride is getting ready from 10am, get there at 9am. Getting those establishing shots are so important for the edit. This was a hard learning curve for me as when I came to edit the film, I was unhappy with my detail shots. I wish I'd been more thoughtful about them in the moment and whilst I'm pleased with the wedding film overall, I know I could have done a better job with these.

5. Recce the venue

I wasn't able to visit this particular venue pre-wedding and because of this I had limited time to work out how I was going to shoot the ceremony. If you can, recce the space before you shoot and have a proper plan of where you'll set up your kit and what angles you'll be able to achieve with your handheld camera.

6. Talk to people!

Part of shooting any film and especially a wedding film is being able to be a fly on the wall, but to get those fun, candid shots, you need the people around you to be relaxed.

Inevitably at some point you will have somebody cover their face and cringe about you having a camera pointed at them, so make sure to tell them they look gorgeous and that you are paid to make people look good!

You have to build connections during any shoot you do, so it's so important to break the ice early on.

Overall, after years of videography I'm delighted I have finally jumped onto wedding videography and given it a go. It's not easy, but the reaction from the couple made this absolutely worth it.

Because weddings are a field I'm new in, I'm offering reduced rates for wedding films. So if you're getting married and want a film but are struggling to afford the standard prices, reach out to me at hello@shotbyjen.com and we can chat about making your wedding film affordable.

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