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| p.1 #1 · Videographers and the "swing around the couple 2 ft away" shot. Advice? |
This is my second year of wedding photography and last night was the first time I worked with a videographer. There were 3 of them and they were all pretty hard to talk to/shy/quiet. I let them know what my plans were for the ceremony, first dance, etc and asked them what their plans were so we could try to stay out of each others shots. I was very conscious of where they were the whole time and made sure to get my shots and step out or walk behind them if they were filming something.
For the most part we worked together fairly well, I have a few other gripes about things they liked to do but I worked around it. However, the one technique that caught me off guard a lot was the "stand 1-2 feet away and swing around the couple" shot during key moments. I dont ever get so close to my clients so when a big moment came up, right as it was happening a guy would swoop in front and block every shot. One time he even rammed into me during one of his wide angle "swinging" moments and sputtered out "crap, can we redo the shot?" (The B&G did not hear him and he didnt try to reenact it). No apology or anything about me missing a shot too. I definitely got the feeling that they were used to doing whatever they wanted and if I hadnt said anything about my plans, for the most part they wouldnt have given a second thought to me.
So, several general questions. Is there any way to work around this? Talk more with the videographer about how obstructive the technique is? In my photographer-brain, I cant understand why they just couldnt film the moment standing in one place as it happens, instead of every.single.time. running up and swinging around. I know it makes for more creative video, but every shot like this?? Do I give the couple the shots I have, even if they are majorly ruined by a videographer's head or camera (I'm not talking about a guy standing behind them or to the side, I mean directly in front or so close it's distracting). A month before the wedding the bride told me she hired them, and at the wedding she was very grateful that we were working together so well..heh..I didnt want to be a debby downer when she emailed me about them, but should I have warned her something like this might happen? I'm covered in my contract about missing shots because of things like this. Any advice is appreciated.