What We Don’t Shoot (Longer isn’t better)

When you look back on your wedding day, it’s likely going to be a bit of a blur. Everyone tells you to stop and let it all soak in – but, even if you do, it’s likely going to go back to being a blur right after that. This is why hiring a capable photographer and video team is so important! Photos and video will allow you to relive your day, including moments you barely remember, and possibly some that you missed entirely.

We began as photographers, and believe strongly in the value of photographs. As photographers, we shoot every detail, large and small, to make sure that we capture the whole story of your wedding day.

But, when we make films, we have a different approach. There are many parts of a wedding day that are fun to experience, or that make a great photo, but they’re not suited to video. Traditional wedding videos have been too long and uninteresting, largely because they include too many moments that just aren’t that interesting to watch later on.

So, in our quest to make compelling, emotional films that are fun and not a chore to watch, here is a list of what we avoid shooting.

  1. Lengthy shots of details without people or action. Read more on how we shoot details here.
  2. Entire church ceremonies. Communion preparation & Communion; homily & readings in their entirety are filmed upon request. For Catholic weddings, much of the ceremony is your standard Catholic mass. Unless you specifically request otherwise, we will film the processional, the readers, vow and ring exchange, sign of peace and recessional, as well as parents, bridal party and guests. But we do not provide a “real-time” edit of the entire ceremony.
  3. Formal family photo session (where your photographer sets up group photos)
  4. Cocktail hour. We don’t think you will enjoy watching people eating and drinking! And in a group setting, it’s too loud to get quality audio. We spend this time with the bride and groom, and setting up our equipment for the reception.
  5. Guests eating.

  6. Any time it’s clear that the photographer is directing the action. We shoot with a photojournalistic approach. This means that we avoid directing people as much as possible. We’d much rather you be yourselves than follow our instruction! And when you watch your film, we want it to feel completely organic, and not as if you’re watching someone else choreograph every event. As photographers ourselves, we understand that there are times where some direction is helpful and beneficial. But when you see that direction on screen, your film feels less real, and more like a staged production. So, we avoid shooting when it is clear that you’re doing something specifically for the benefit of the camera. Likewise, we avoid shots when the subject is looking directly into the camera.
  7. The photo/video team.
    The moment you see someone with a camera on screen, you’re reminded that this IS a production. Your film will feel more authentic and real if you don’t see us or your photographers. It’s not always possible – sometimes we can’t avoid being in each other’s shots, and sometimes we can’t avoid the photographers – but we work together as a team to keep this to a minimum.