April 04, 2018

Five Things A Wedding Cinematographer (Videographer) Wish You Knew

You've probably heard over and over again that your wedding day will fly by. You'll be so caught up in everything that comes with a ceremony and reception that it will be over before you know it. It's true. You'll be full of emotions, and you'll have family and friends who all want a special moment with you. That's why choosing a great cinematographer (videographer) is so important. He or she will be able to capture moments that you didn't see or moments that you forget about in the hustle and bustle of your wedding day.

I interviewed Ken Branson of MasterM.I.N.D Productions based in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina to find out the five things he wish you knew about wedding cinematography.



According to Ken, when you choose from a reliable network of wedding pros you get a group of people who already know each other, and they know how the group will gel and work together. Ken also says this kind of group will step in and help each other when help is needed. Southern Noir Weddings is a great example of this.


Ken says it's very upsetting to him to watch a bride look at her video or photos and express disappointment with her makeup. It's one thing to do your own makeup or have a friend do it for a special night out, but it's a whole other situation on your wedding day. Not everyone is equipped to handle wedding day makeup. Ken says there's a lot to consider. "You have to look good in photos, you have to look good in videos and you have to look good in person."

The third thing Ken wish you knew is YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

"Make the necessary investment to capture a timeless memory that can be told for generations to come," says Ken. Think about your timeline for the day and make sure your cinematographer will be there for the things that are important to you. Ken provides this example; "If you have a sparkler exit, put enough time in after the reception to include the sparkler exit." Ken says if you don't allow enough time and you have to bring your guests outside for a mock sparkler exit, a lot of them will leave and not enjoy the rest of your reception. 


"It's important to understand how they work, their style, what they do naturally because if it doesn't fit within your vision, you may not want to go with them," says Ken. The cinematographer says he likes to ask brides and grooms what they want to see when they press play. He says that gets them verbalizing their dreams and helps him understand what is important to the couple.

The final thing Ken Branson wish you knew is TRUST THE PROCESS.

Ken stresses that the post production process is lengthy and takes a lot of creativity. "It's more than just stitching times together. It's more than taking when you were getting ready and putting it beside the ceremony and the ceremony beside the reception and say there you go ma'am, sir, there's your day, because that's not visually interesting." Ken says he likes to take the time to put all the pieces together so you'll want to watch the video over and over again. Ken also says he likes to get intimate with the track he chooses for the video. He may listen to it in his home, and in his car before making a decision.

The bottom line for Ken is to see his clients have fun on their wedding day knowing that their day will be captured in a manner that exceeds their expectations. 

Have questions for Ken? Leave them in the comment section below.


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