Want to know how to irritate a photographer? After admiring her photos, tell her, “you must have a really great camera!” Depending on the photographer’s temper, this may yield anything from a forced smile to an eye roll to steam coming out of their ears. Most professional photographers do have really nice cameras, but the best cameras in the world don’t do any good unless you know how to use them. You can pick the analogy of your choice – a great hair stylist doesn’t just have the best pair of scissors, and a master carpenter needs more than a great hammer.
When it comes to wedding films, gear is important. We shoot with Canon DSLR cameras, widely considered to be the best tool for the job. But we are always mindful of the fact that we are shooting a wedding, not a Hollywood film. So, it’s important to us to keep our equipment lean, so that we don’t call attention to ourselves or get in the way of the rest of your wedding day.
For the vast majority of the day, we shoot with our cameras on monopods. A monopod is a single pole that stabilizes the camera and allows us to get steady shots. The monopod’s slim size allows us to blend right in. Can you spot Nicki in these screen captures from Katherine & Matt’s wedding? She’s shooting on a monopod.
Nicki and her monopod again.
We occasionally use a Steadicam, which allows for smooth moving shots. But it’s small, too. You can see me (Christina) with Steadicam on the right side of this screen capture.
We do also use tripods, but only at two times during the wedding day. During the ceremony, we shoot from tripods in the side aisles. We never set a tripod up in the center aisle, so we are never blocking your guests or your photographers. And we shoot the toasts at the reception from a tripod. But at no time are we setting up a giant tripod on wheels and rolling it around your church or dance floor!
Our goal is always to make the best movie we can, while remaining as inconspicuous as possible.