a little while ago we got a question from Perspectives Photo + Cinema about how close we get to our couples during their vows. it was in reference to a film we did not too long ago, a pop-up wedding in Vegas. they said:
Wow, you guys are right there during the vows huh. I understand that shorter focal lengths bring the audience into the film as opposed to just observing it but how does the couple and the guests feel about you being so close the them?
Ps: I’m loving the use of audio you capture on the day! Gold.
first off, that’s exactly why we get in close. shorter focal lengths DO bring the audience in and make them feel like they’re a part of the event. small movements are exaggerated which makes emotions pop off the screen and make you really FEEL them…
i was re-watching the film a few minutes ago to pay attention to our proximity during their vows, and i totally got lost in the story. i had to watch it a 2nd time to actually notice the “technical”!
k. back to the question. how does the couple feel about us being so close?
does it look like they care? do they ever look into the camera during their vows? do they look uncomfortable? or are they totally in the moment, in their own little world, enjoying every second? that’s the fast answer. 🙂
first off, we become really close (emotionally) with our couples. it’s really personal, and most of the time we become friends for life. when you have this kind of relationship, it really doesn’t matter. if you’re just a friend with a camera, does it matter how close you are? normally, the maid of honour is just a couple of feet away from the bride during the vows. does that make her feel uncomfortable? probably not, because they’re good friends. that’s the kind of relationship we aim to have.
secondly, most of the time, our couples don’t even notice us there. this comes back to them being comfortable with us, yes. but it’s not just that they’re ok having us close, they’re so comfortable with it that they don’t even notice a lot of the time! we had a bride come up to P once after their same-day edit and ask “how did you get those shots of me during makeup? i don’t even remember you there!”. P responded “how can you not remember? i was a foot away from your face the whole time!” “oh yeah. you’re right!”.
what about the audience? well, we’re not as close with them. chances are, we’re meeting most of them for the first time the day of. but, 1. most of them see how hard we’re working and they see that we’re not jerks getting in the way. we’re pros who are doing everything they need to tell the story. and 2. are we there for the audience or the couple? everything we do is in the best interest of the couple. and if that means irritating a guest from time to time, that’s a price we pay for creating something that the couple will cherish forever.
having said that, we always try to be discrete. we don’t want to make it about us.
good thing lil’j is small enough to hide behind, well, anything! she makes it a breeze to ELIMINATE HER!!!!!!!