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FAQs and expert advice about videography

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastanglian.wedding

Camera Ready

Camera Ready

Q How can we add seasonal touches to our wedding video?
A Tanya Allenby says: Your videographer should be able to capture the essence of the seasons, such as close-ups of falling autumn leaves, blooming flowers, rain, or a snowy landscape, giving your video a genuine seasonal feel.

Choosing a venue that represents that season in its full glory is very important. If you're having a spring or summer wedding, choose a venue with beautiful gardens where your videographer can capture blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and butterflies. Having the ceremony and reception outdoors will also look stunning and immediately show the season. A summer wedding in the fields, with tall grass as a striking backdrop for the golden hour footage and campfires for when the sun goes down, creates an air of outdoor romance.

In the autumn, the amazing colours of the changing foliage will create a beautiful backdrop for your portraits, so look for a venue that has plenty of trees.

For winter weddings, as most of the day will be indoors, consider reflecting the season in your décor. Lots of warm lighting and candles create a romantic, cosy, yet luxurious feel throughout the day. Of course, if you are lucky and are in a location where the winters are white, have something warm to wear over your wedding attire and go outdoors for those couple shots. Have your ceremony earlier than you would have if your wedding were in the summer, as we lose the natural light so quickly and there will be less time to capture your portraits. Work with your videographer and photographer to figure out when the sun goes down and set an optimal time for your ceremony.

Tanya Allenby, Tanya Allenby Film

Behind the lens

Behind the lens

Q Our big day is fast approaching, and we're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?
A Adam Prescott says: The first thing to understand with videography is that it's very different to photography and requires a separate skill set, so keep this in mind when looking for suppliers.

Before booking, look at a videographer's sample films; do you like their style? Is it the right length for you? Longer is not always better; a good length is between 15 and 20 minutes; it captures all the best bits and holds people's attention. If you love the ones that you have seen, then this may be the supplier for you. As with photography let your eyes and your heart make the selection for you rather than comparing packages.

The details to look for in a potential videographer are experience in filming weddings; do they have sample films from real weddings you can watch? Ask how they work with your photographer, as these two people will be with you all day and should be working together to make your day stress free without taking you away from your guests or the party for long periods. If your videographer is providing a drone, which is a great addition to any wedding film, make sure they have been trained properly, are insured and have permission to fly at your venue.

Finally, if they are going to record your ceremony and/or speeches, will they be miking you up? Most professional videographers will have a range of mics to capture those important words, so don't worry if you have to wear a microphone as it will capture the best audio.

Adam Prescott, Gecko Films

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