by Emily Gibby of elovephotos
Although I am primarily a wedding and portrait photographer, I have had the opportunity to professionally and personally attend hundreds of weddings.
I've seen the most breathtakingly beautiful brides, jaw-dropping details and hilarious choreographed first dances.
Why am I saying this?
Well, with all of these amazing aspects from weddings that I've witnessed-- I'm going to venture to say that only 25% of these weddings had videography services.
(Sorry to insult Aunt June.....I know you think the iPad turned vertically captures it perfectly....but I'm here to tell you IT DOESN'T)
So before you completely eliminate the idea of having a videographer on your wedding day, I have compiled a short list of 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Skimp on Videography on Your Wedding Day for you to consider.
Hearing and Seeing a Memory in Motion is More Powerful
We offer both photography and videography and I can honestly say that YES, a picture of a bride and groom saying their vows is beautiful. However, hearing those words again through quality audio and edited clips is MUCH more powerful. Seeing a bridal party enter their room for their grand entrance is fun in pictures but HILARIOUS in cinematic clips. There really is no comparison! A first dance can be frozen in a still image, but to see the tears, strong embraces and genuine smiles in action is unmatched! In my opinion photography and videography compliment each other. There will always be something lacking if you leave one out.
Photography Misses Things that Videography Doesn't
A photographer snaps one shot at a time (or many per second depending on the moment) while videographers keep rolling. When a bride and groom are cutting their wedding cake and feeding it to each other you get to see the complete moment.
Whether they smashed it in each other's faces or put a little frosting on their nose and kissed it off--you're not missing a thing! When a mom squeezes her daughter from behind and gives her a kiss on her cheek after zipping up her wedding gown---You see the whole thing! Don't miss out on candid moments because you didn't hire a videographer. Trust me!
Re-watching Your Wedding Video Can Strengthen Your Marriage
I can personally testify to this! My husband and I watch our wedding video every anniversary. It is beautiful to revisit your marital vows and commitment to one another. It also has resolved conflicts at time. What? Yes, when my husband and I have an argument, he has won me back over by playing our wedding video in times of disagreement. It has the potential to remind you of how much you love each other, how much you've grown together and can strengthen your marriage. Go ahead, give it a try!
I hope this has been beneficial to you if you're on the fence about whether or not you should hire a videographer. All the flowers, make-up, details, dresses, memories fade away, but a wedding film will last forever. You can pass it down to your children and grandchildren. I would give anything to be able to see my parents on their wedding day! What a treasure it would be to document such an important day to share with your posterity. Think about it ;)
Hi! My name is Emily Gibby and I am a destination wedding and portrait photographer based out of Virginia Beach, VA. Along with photography, my husband Justin and I offer videography services to brides looking to capture real moments in motion! I’m a dedicated teacher, wife and mother living the dream!