Engagement Sessions
Tips from our professional
Wedding Cinematographer David Beyrent has certainly
shot his fair share of weddings and events.

Florida Bride Magazine asked him to share his insights
into what makes a great wedding video experience.

Here's what he had to share...
Check out Their Equipment

The first question that you'll need to ask any potential videographers is what kind of camera they have, In
order to get the best viewing, the videographers should shoot with high end professional equipment.

Also, ask the videographers about how much light they'll have to add. They should only use flattering, low-light
levels; otherwise, guests will be squinting whenever they're near, and the end result will have an '80s bar
mitzvah-tape look. They should also bring along lapel microphones so that all your ceremony memories will be
heard. The mics are tiny and discreet so they won't ruin your photos, unlike the giant boom microphones of
yesteryear.
Engagement video shoots give your
can help tell your Love Story in
video.

Love story montages can be viewed
at the reception and have voice over
incorporated into the show to help
tell your wedding story.
Less Is More

An inexperienced videographer will throw everything they know—and don't know—into your wedding video,
which usually results in overshadowing the events of the day. "You don't want your video to seem
overproduced.

Special effects can be distracting if done incorrectly, so be sure that slow motion, cross-dissolve, fade-ins and
fade-outs are used sparingly and logically when you watch the videographer's demo DVD. You want the
events of your wedding day to stand out in your video. All those extra effects can really downplay the
highlights you will want to be able to watch over and over again for years to come!
Cues From Real Films

A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn't see an effect in a Hollywood
movie, it has no place in your wedding video either.

"A sophisticated video looks like a feature film with smooth shots, no
jarring transitions and definitely no animated hearts or stars.
Short but Sweet

The length of your video is often based on that of your ceremony, but the final cut shouldn't make you wish for
'til death do you part. A good film editor will cut a longer ceremony for easy viewing; It's hard to imagine
someone cutting any bit out of your inevitably intense and emotional ceremony, but talented editors know
which parts are totally necessary and which ones won't be missed. Picky brides, however, should ask
beforehand about whether it'll be possible to make changes to the video once it's edited.
Style

What's the videographer's style -- cinematic,
documentary, or a mix of both?

Coordination

How does he/she coordinate with a wedding
photographer?

Location

Has he ever shot a wedding at your ceremony or
reception site?

How many other weddings is the videographer
shooting on your wedding day or weekend?

Equipment

What types of cameras, tapes, and microphones will
the videographer use?

Backup

Will a backup camera be on hand for the event?
A Few Questions to Ask
David Beyrent is a professional videographer with A Seaside Studios in South Florida