Why You Shouldn’t DIY Your Family Member’s Wedding Shoot

Author: OSV Studios | | Categories: Filmmaking , Video Production , Videographer

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The DIY route is a great idea for people who want to add a personal touch or save money for their wedding. But there are some things that should definitely be left to the professionals. Working out what one should and shouldn’t DIY for a wedding comes with one simple rule, if it can be done beforehand at home, then go for it. But if it’s something that has to be done on the day, we recommend you don’t attempt those tasks yourself, even if as a favor to a relative.

One such thing you should never DIY is wedding photography and videography. As experts in the field, we at OSV Studios want to help people have the best wedding memories possible. This is why we have written down a few points that help you understand why you shouldn’t DIY your family member’s wedding shoot. 

Wedding videography is important because it will capture the day, capture the memories, tell a story, and not just any story. It will tell a beautiful story of that special day, a day the couple will never forget. A story that they can show friends and family, their kids, and grandchildren, something they will have and can treasure forever. 

1. You do not have the experience or skill 

You need to have at least a few years of experience to know how to DIY your own family member’s wedding video. You will also need to know some filmmaking techniques. An experienced videographer knows how a wedding day flows like the back of their hand. They know when they should arrive, what they need to wear, what key moments to be on the lookout for, and what looks good and what doesn’t.

Professionals also know how to adapt to weather and lighting changes. Having an experienced videographer will also take the pressure off of you, allowing you to be fully immersed in the wedding of your loved ones and focus on celebrating with them on their big day. 

2. Do-overs are expensive 

If you have no video experience and plan to shoot the wedding all on your smartphone, this is not a good idea. If you mess up shooting your own family member’s wedding, it will become your job to hire a professional video editor to fix the photos/videos. This can be costly as video editors usually have an hourly rate. A packaged deal with a video production studio in the start itself could save you time, money, and hassle in the long run.

You want someone who knows how to use the camera, who has the experience of taking videos in different lights, different conditions, composing different shots, and executing it perfectly. The camera doesn’t do this, the professional does this and has developed their skill and knowledge through years of experience and many hours of shooting. 

Do things right - Hire a professional  

Weddings are not an easy thing to capture. As a professional, one has to know their gear and be able to set up quickly to capture spore-of-the-moment events during the wedding. A wedding videographer that has been working in the industry for years knows what to capture, where to stand, and how to properly get coverage of the day. Look at work that they’ve done in the past. This will reflect what kind of video you can expect out of them after the wedding.

Wedding packages can cost different rates depending on what the client what’s the videographer to capture during the day. The more you want them to capture, the more it is going to cost you, as more time has to be put aside on the day of the wedding when shooting and even in the editing room when crafting the video. A wedding day only happens once in a lifetime and many of the moments in that single day have no do-overs. As an amateur, why set yourself and your family up for disaster just because they need to cut some costs? Put in the time and research. You will definitely be able to find a professional videographer that is willing to work on a budget that is feasible.

As a trusted loved one, you need to take it upon yourself to encourage the couple to get it done professionally by calmly and firmly saying you would rather not take up this daunting task yourself. Rather, you are willing to sit down with them and help them find a professional that works for them. 

If you are looking for a premiere video production facility in Cleveland, then reach out to us at OSV Studios. With over thirty-five years of experience, our versatile production capabilities cover all bases, including broadcast, training, product and commercial use, marketing and promotional, safety, and educational videos. We understand that each project is different, so give us a call and we will customize a solution that works for your project. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here. To get in touch with us, please contact us here


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