5 Tips To Appear Natural On Your Wedding Video
If you’re hiring a videographer to film your wedding, there’s a good chance that they can get frustrated with you and your guests, as they’re filming your wedding, because everyone (yes everyone) reacts differently when they’re in front of a camera. Even you. Some people over-act, while others freeze up. There are so many different reactions to the camera, and while some moments can be staged, others need to be more candid, so that you can truly feel nostalgic when you watch it. So, we’ve compiled a list of 5 tips to appear natural on your wedding video.
1. Show Off That Smile
When it comes to film and video, lots of film directors always ask for more light, even on bright and sunny days. Why? It’s because you can either look 2-dimensional or shadows are very dark on camera. For example, if you’re shooting your wedding video on a cloudy day, there isn’t much variation to the light around you and on you. And it’s because of this, you’ll blend into the background, making you and everything around you seem like a 2D image. On the other hand, if you have a lot of light coming from the sun, then any shadows on your face will look very dark. So, any expression you make can be skewed by the shadows.
So, to offset this, you will need good lighting. On a cloudy day, lights need to be installed, to make you and your guests stand out from the background. If the sun is too bright, reflectors are needed, to brighten up the shadows. It’s all about lighting you and your guests to look your best when posing for pictures or creating those staged moments in your video.
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2. Get Comfortable
Sometimes, people are naturally good in front of a camera. They can show emotions, but not be too dramatic, they can be subtle, but not be robotic or wooden. However, for many of us, that feat can be difficult. We’re not always exposed to a camera, and we’re not always ready for that lens that’s pointing at us. In one word, we’re not all photogenic. It can take time both for you, your partner, and your guests to get used to the camera.
So, get used to having a camera pointed at you. Get comfortable with your videographer and be ready for surprise close-ups. Sometimes, a videographer will breach your personal space, to get that all-important tear on your face, or if they’re clever with the zoom on their camera, they’ll shoot it from afar. No matter what method they employ, get comfortable with a camera and its videographer, because knowing that it’s pointed at you can either make you stiff or act out in ways that you may regret later.
3. Be Confident
One of the best ways to show off the emotions you feel is by being confident. That means dress confidently. It’s your wedding day after all, so no matter what you look like, as long as you’re confident, you’ll shine brightly, and the natural emotions you’ll exude will show up on the camera.
So, get your hair and makeup done right, wear that elegant and graceful wedding dress, and strut your stuff down the aisle, because your wedding day is supposed to be filled with joy, happiness, laughter, and love. Show the camera, and your videographer, that you can be confident, even when the camera isn’t pointed at you.
4. Know The Process
A wedding day is a momentous occasion, not only do you need to remember what to do during the ceremony, the schedule of the day, and the rounds of speeches you need to listen to, you also need to remember the filming process too. While you may not be filming a movie, with those big and lavish sets, or camera crews, you’re still filming, and that means there will be some staged scenes that you’ll need to be a part of.
The film, regardless of what type of film, has a process, whereby the camera crew needs to set up for certain shots, or they need to move about to get the right angle, or they need to get up close and personal, to shoot those poignant expressions on your face. So, talk to your videographer, and understand their process. Some can be invasive, while others are not. You need to understand what they want to do, so you know how you need to act when the time comes.
Ignore The Camera
The best way to get candid footage of not only you but your guests as well as to ignore the camera. Set an example for them, so they can feel comfortable too. You’re not the only one who’ll be featured in your wedding video. Your guests will be too, and if they’re not comfortable, it’ll show. So, set an example. Have fun and get your guests to have fun too. Only then will your video feel and look more natural.
It can be difficult for some, but if you can coax them out of their shell, you’ll be able to show their true nature on video. And if you’re showing your wedding video to future children and grandchildren, you’ll be able to tell them the story behind their reaction.
Bonus: Edit The Best Version Of Yourself
Needless to say, a wedding video shows the highlights of the day. It doesn’t matter how long or short it is, both the best and worst of the day will be captured, so make sure that they “make it through the cutting floor”, as the saying goes. Hire a good editor to make sure it is the best version of the day as it can be, and if scouring the internet for reliable sources seems too much, trust us. We at Cut Pro Media will ensure that even the tiniest detail that might seem insignificant makes it through to the final edit. Because even a small flower or a table setting can set up the right look for the next scene in your video. Our team of experienced editors will edit the best version of your wedding day for you, and they won’t leave anything out. So, check out our website for more information and our price packages.