6. Ask About Wedding Videography and Drone Footage
Blame it on social media, but more and more couples are also hiring wedding videographers to supplement still photography. A beautiful wedding video preserves the emotion of your day in a way that still photography can’t, with recordings of the ceremony, speeches and every other detail. Which is why many wedding photographers and photography studios have started to offer video services as an add-on. The advantage of working with a videographer who is part of the same team is that he or she will know how to work with your photographer in tandem to achieve all the shots and moments that they want to capture, based on your shot list as well as their own. They will also know how to optimize and divvy up time with the couple, and not be intrusive to each others’ shots. If the photographer you end up hiring does not have a videographer on the team, he or she may be able to recommend a few that they have worked with in the past.
Nowadays, more wedding photographers and videographers have drone footage options that capture aerial imagery of your event. If that’s something you’re interested in, be sure to ask if your potential wedding photographer or videographer offers drone footage—and confirm the they have a pilot’s license, which is required to operate a drone. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, drone photography of the wedding decor and architectural details is particularly epic. “Depending on the location, your venue’s natural landscape may offer overhead angles or additional floors with balconies that are perfect for overhead shots or drones,” says photographer Edward Winter of READYLUCK. “This is a great reason to have a second or even third photographer that can be in these different positions or operate the drone while your main photographer can be on the ground. Having two photographers on-site can lend to different images from different angels and solve the problem that your photographer can’t be in two places at once”
Keep in mind, some venues, like private country clubs or big city high-rises, may not allow drone photography and videography, so be sure to ask beforehand. “It’s essential to know the wedding’s location and scout photo spots before the wedding day and, above all, to see if you can use the drone in that location,” say photographer duo Nancy Stuppiello and Piermarco Rinaldi of Bottega 53. “On the day, [your wedding videographer should] use the drone quickly during the ceremony, just for a few shots, so as not to disturb guests, and again briefly during cocktail hour to capture the atmosphere before and during the wedding reception, and the couple’s portraits session.”