As event filmmakers know all too well, there are about a thousand things that can possibly go wrong on a shoot. There are no do-overs, and you have to do whatever necessary (within reason) to get the shots.
As we also know all too well – otherwise it wouldn’t be a running joke – sometimes we’re having to work around Uncle Bob with his Handicam who either doesn’t know, or doesn’t care that professional filmmakers were hired to capture everything so that he can sit back and just attend (and enjoy) the wedding.
But what do you do when virtually the WHOLE FAMILY wants to capture their version of the day (and they’re not shy about it either)? You laugh, and make a story out of it.
I will never forget how many people wielding cameras ranging from smartphones to thousands of dollars worth of DSLR gear were in attendance at Marites + GJ’s wedding. They were all SO excited about this occasion (rightfully so of course) and they were climbing over each other (and us) to each get their shots.
Filmmakers and photographers alike tend to face this scenario with such negativity. But if there’s one thing I learned from embracing this occurance, it’s that no matter how much you make your presence known, how much you capture, or how good you capture everything, many guests at a wedding don’t care so much about your perspective; they care about theirs. They want to remember each moment through their own individual lenses, and that is what makes the whole experience that much more special for them. They don’t want to just be passive guests. They want to be active participants in sharing memories. We, as professionals,Â need to respect that not only because the wedding is not about you and your work, but also because if you shoot with tunnel vision on the bride and groom, you will miss what’s happening around you. You miss out on a chance to capture the way that the guests are responding to the moment, which can add so much life to a piece.
So embrace those moments when you can, and if it’s happening a lot, as the old saying goes; “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’. Consider embedding those people into the story who feel the need to capture all their own video or photography, to show just how loved the couple is by their family and friends.
Check out how we did just this, with our Vignette of Marites + GJ: