Photography & Videography
5 REASONS TO HIRE THE SAME COMPANY
It’s not a foreign concept in the wedding industry. Wedding Photographers and Videographers can sometimes butt heads, with both sets of professionals jockeying for similar angles, sharing limited time on the busy wedding day.
“The photographer used up all the couples session time!”
“The videographer ruined my shot of the grand entrance!”
“The photographer keeps using flash!”
“The cinema team keeps interrupting my posing!”
As a studio with both photography and cinematography, we can understand both sides. The solution is simple and starts with the realization that client happiness is the only thing that matters that day.
Both sides need to swallow their pride, compromise, and share the limited time and space. With strong communication and the right attitude, true professionals should be able to work together to get a complete product for the sake of the client.
To avoid the risk, it’s best to book a single combined package with the same company for both photography and videography
5 REASONS TO HIRE THE SAME COMPANY
1) The Shared Incentives and Accountability
This much is obvious: a photographer wants to get the best possible images from a wedding and the videographer wants to capture the best possible cinema from the wedding. Their business reputations are on the line.
By hiring the same company you align priorities, and both teams are incentivized to create the best possible COMBINED product. This leads to both teams being more willing to share time, communicate, and coordinate.
Hiring the same company also makes one company 100% accountable for the final results, so your separate creative teams can’t blame each other for missed shots, ruined shots, bad communication and other potential issues.
This example below was taken from a Facebook group consisting of wedding cinematographers and videographers. As you read it, ask yourself this: would the cinematographer posting this comment have let this happen if he and the photographers were part of the same company?
If they were part of the same company, I’m sure they would have had a strong relationship rather than expressing happiness at the other’s failures. Furthermore, they would have supported each other and ensured that everyone was in position for the major events of the wedding.
The photographer will suddenly show up at the frame without any warning or whatsoever. (she doesn't need to be too close if she is using the right long distant lens)
2) Better Communication, Workflow & Positioning
Shared teams have experience working with one another, so they can anticipate each other’s positioning, style, and needs. This results in fewer shots “ruined” by one team obstructing the angle of the other. Us in Lightstruck Photo project, the entire team is equip with a 2-way radio (ear-piece) so we can constantly talk to each other and address positioning.
Think of it like this: you wouldn’t hire a band who is performing together for the first time at your wedding. You probably wouldn’t bet on a basketball team who doesn’t play together regularly. The synergies between photo and video teams who work together all the time will translate into a better overall product.
3) The Common Shared Vision and Style
Booking a combined photography and videography package ensures a consistent style and quality. Additionally, you’ll experience a shared vision among you (the client), the photo team, and the video team. So if you happen to hate a specific pose, the entire team will share that vision and knowledge. If you want to avoid silly or cheesy poses, everyone is on the same page. If you want a moody, dramatic, or editorial look and feel to your wedding, everyone can work to ensure your vision comes to life in both your photography collection and your wedding cinematography.
4) Fewer Contracts & Admin for a combined Photography and Videography Package
Using the same company for both photography and videography will save you time in the booking process. You can set up a single meeting for both leads, communicate with one set of studio management, sign a single set of contracts, and have a single wedding photography and videography meeting prior to the wedding. Booking with multiple companies can potentially double the administration in terms of your photo and cinema.
5) Wedding Photography and Videography Package Discounts
While price probably isn’t your determining factor when shopping for your photography and videography, it doesn’t hurt that most companies, including ours, have potential pricing discounts when you book both photography and cinematography together.
To get a custom quote, contact our studio management! Thanks for reading, and we hope to be a part of your big day!