If you are on the fence about hiring a videographer for your wedding you are not alone! I know it can be hard to squeeze another expense into your wedding budget. However, a lot of brides say not hiring a videographer for their wedding is one of their biggest regrets and it’s my biggest regret from my own wedding!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nathan Willis Wedding Films and his wife on several Mississippi weddings and always love when we get to work together. They are so laid back and their films are always great!
I sat down for a q & a with Nathan Willis to get his take on wedding films.
What would you say to a couple that is unsure of hiring a wedding cinematographer?
The biggest regret of our wedding day is not hiring a wedding cinematographer. We had an amazing photographer capture our wedding and love our photographs, but it’s not the same as having the special moments of our wedding day on video. For instance, my wife and I wrote our own vows and don’t have the audio of us reciting them to each other. Also, my grandfather has passed away since our wedding day, and I’d give anything to have footage of him on our wedding day. As important as wedding photos are, video can capture a moment in a way that photographs often cannot.
How do you make couples feel comfortable in front of the camera?
My wife and I are very laid back, and that’s how I’d describe our shooting style as well. We try to be flies on the wall, capturing moments as they happen without any staging. A lot of our couples have told us that they forget that we are there, and that’s what we want. We want our couples to forget that we’re there as we capture the joy and love of their wedding day in non-obtrusive way.
What is your approach to capturing a wedding?
We use small cameras and minimal equipment in order to disappear. We also work hand in hand with the photographer to make sure we’re both capturing the important moments throughout the day.
Why is wedding cinematography so expensive?
Wedding cinematography is our livelihood and we put so much time and care into each one of our wedding films. Not only do we spend the entire wedding day on our feet shooting, but after the wedding we have about a week of editing to do to finish the film. We also only film a select number of weddings a year which helps us make each wedding film unique to the couple.
Any other tips for couples?
One of the keys to making your wedding video special and unique is to have great audio soundbites we can pull from. This can be done in a variety of ways including writing your own vows, writing letters to each other before the ceremony that you read for the camera, asking that your wedding officiant tell a little bit about your story during the ceremony, having speeches at your reception, or to hiring us to film your rehearsal dinner. These audio bites definitely make your film stand out and be unique to you and your wedding story. And our biggest piece of advice we can give any couple is that even if you don’t hire us, HIRE SOMEONE to film your wedding. You will absolutely not regret it.