Everything about bride prep

Content...Content and more Content.  (I am aware some of you will probably take offense to this, that's okay...but you need to understand why these moments are sooooo important for photographers and videographers). 

A big part of wedding videography is having enough content.  Imagine having a BBQ party with 20 guests, and only having enough food for 5 people.  You will most likely have a lot of upset people because...what was the point of coming over?  Right?  What so many brides and other vendors don't realize is the amount of content your videographer needs.  Anywhere from 20-30% of your highlight or wedding film will come from the hair, makeup and dress.  So...why in the world is it always a problem for videographers to get great content?  To be honest, it's a messy situation and brides/some makeup artist need to be educated.  Sit back, relax and lets cover this topic.  At the end of the day, we want our brides to A. Look their best and B. Have enough content for a world class product.

1. A lot of times makeup artist will set the room up for whatever is easiest, typically in a dark corner, bad light or a bathroom...this is a big no.  Why?  It's all about the light - now I get it...makeup artist have never been told this...so this isn't a shot at them...So much material happens during this time...so videographers need the bride to be in beautiful light - if your hotel or church doesn't have that natural light, we can still light the set to provide the same color temp as the sun.

2.  Fake makeup is a mess why?  because it's fake.  Some makeup artists don't realize video needs movement...so here is the scenario..."I don't want to move my brush belt and gun because I typically will just fake the makeup"  - now fake makeup takes 3 minutes to film.  I can get maybe 1 nice (boring) shot with movement (if they even touch the bride faces). Sometimes its a brush next to their cheek and they can't touch the face because the makeup is already on and I've lost all my makeup content (so why am I even here). is what videographers think.  In order for great content for your wedding video we need to set the bride in the best light.  Fake Makeup is always wrong...and too many times makeup artist will actually throw a fit because we don't want our video or photos of the bride sitting on the toilet. (it happens way too often)

3. Time is valuable - Every single time I find that beautiful light and the makeup artist is setup in the bathroom or has the bride in the middle of a cluttered mess, I always request a move and then I am told..."that makeup spot wont work for me because I have to move my brush belt and gun." (like its an hour process to move this)....then what happens?  We do the fake makeup and right away I hear, "oh my god this light is amazing!" Now we have wasted an hour because the original spot was terrible, while the  new spot is amazing...and now we can't touch the brides face because the makeup is on...(video needs actual movement, not just a brush next to her cheek).  this is always wrong and just a waste...No matter what, the bride needs to be in great light.  repeat this.  No matter what the brides need to be in great light.

4.  How many times will mom come to the bride, hug her, tell her shes beautiful and cry?  Once those moments happen the wedding pictures, and wedding video will not include that moment?  Why?? because we can't use bad light, cluttered rooms and a bride in the center for 7 girls.  So what's the solution?

Listening to your wedding videographer and photographer.  Time and content are precious on the wedding day, and all too often we are limited to bad setups.  Here are two photo's from a recent wedding... I requested the bride to be moved and of course it seemed like such a pain.  I've even had weddings featured and the owner was upset because the makeup artist was so against us moving her, and the makeup company looked bad with a bride getting ready in a hotel bahtroom....it's like we can't win.

Typical bride prep = bad setups - wasted content - waste of time - bad light - no room etc.

Typical bride prep = bad setups - wasted content - waste of time - bad light - no room etc.

my ideal spot = I can get about 15 different looks + no clutter, bride in great light, no distractions.  Imagine mom coming over and telling the bride how her little girl grew up and became so beautiful and both of them are hugging and crying...yet most of the time we can't film it because of the above photo.

my ideal spot = I can get about 15 different looks + no clutter, bride in great light, no distractions.  Imagine mom coming over and telling the bride how her little girl grew up and became so beautiful and both of them are hugging and crying...yet most of the time we can't film it because of the above photo.

Maybe I care too much, I'm just personally over this issue and someone really needs to voice concerns.  We are there for the content, and I feel too many artists out there don't understand and find us that care "rude" when we ask the bride to be moved.  For those of you that always setup for great light, you save our product, and those of you who have argued before...hopefully you understand why some of us care.  The difference is night and day.  Great photos and videos will make your company look better and on top of that the bride will love her product she receives from us.