I’m a corporate filmmaker and when I was planning my wedding photography I honestly didn’t know much about working with wedding photographers in Bangalore. I expected them to take up the same professionalism and care that we take during our corporate and commercial ad shoots.
Since I am already in the photography business people I knew were so excited that i was getting married and offered me their wedding services at very low rates. What happened during the ceremonies was a shocker!
- The Typical Traditional .
Firstly, the guy who was supposed to provide the strobe lights never showed up and sent his photographer and lights to another wedding party. Our photo booth photographer saved the day and he had to manage with a single flash that made the pictures look really flat. There was no depth in any of the photographs.
- The freelance Candid Wedding-Photographer.
I entrusted another person with the candid clicks, especially for the bride. This was free. We got only about 3 usable photographs. The rest were all out of focus, the white balance was completely off, pictures bleached, over exposed and the moments that were captured were awkward. Weird faces, angles and reactions that made the bride look funny and bad.
- The wedding videographer.
We were passionate about getting a wedding short film done. I had entrusted the wedding video to a cameraman I knew through my filmmaking contacts and he brought along a second shooter for candid video and also a cameraman for traditional video. During the ceremony the main camera man was busy setting lights instead of shooting. He had not planned light assistants to help him out and not considered that our wedding would be in the evening and that he would need more lights. It didn’t occur to him to tell the event and light manager to provide those extra lights. Meanwhile, during the ceremony, the second shooter was right next to my face interrupting the flow and sanctity of the service. He didn’t think that he would need a tale lens to shoot from afar. He was shooting hand held, which was shocking for me and most of his footage was in and out of focus and really shaky. Since he had cut his shots abruptly too, it made it impossible to sync his footage with the audio. In conclusion he was just an obstruction and none of his shots made it to our wedding film.
Overall, having so many videographers and photographers taking up space everywhere, made a huge mess and created a big distraction that took us away from being in the moment and just enjoying our close family and friends.
Fortunately, for us, we were blessed with a new friend, who is an excellent wedding photographer and he gave us some stunning post wedding photographs that made up for the other pictures.
I learnt a tonne of things not to do if you were a wedding photographer; unfortunately the cost was at the expense of my own wedding.
A few weeks later, we shot our first wedding for my cousin and with good pre production planning and keeping the crew in control and getting them to be more professional, I got fantastic results. Word spread and we shot our next two weddings, in the very same month.
Author Bio : Mark DSouza is an award winning ad person and filmmaker and believes that marketing propaganda is dead and there is a desperate need for stories that inspire change and thought need to be told to connect with people. Mark worked as a lead designer for Times Internet Ltd and director at http://socialmilk.in/ & http://wif.co.in/.