Guests, please put your cameras down or at the very least, stay within your seats to take pictures. Yes. I do have my fair share of uncle Bobs and auntie Janes coming around during weddings to get into the action to take photos or videos during weddings.
During my meet ups with couple, I encourage them to have their guests for their wedding to stay within their seats while taking pictures or videos if they must as with new technology, almost everyone has a camera within their reach.
I am fine even if at the end of the day, the photos or video did not turn out as good as it could be due to the fact that the couple allowed Bob and Jane to help cover the wedding. In a recent wedding, I have informed the emcee during the rehearsal and on the actual day about informing the guests to stay within their seats during the church ceremony if they wish to take photos/video. Instead, on the actual day, the emcee informed me that they will not announce it as the couple who was aware, were sure that Bob and Jane will not be moving up to take photos/videos because it did not happened in the past ceremonies. and the guests were known to be very orderly. In the end, I’m sure everyone knows what happened. (:
If you are getting married and have spent thousands of dollars on videography and photography for your wedding day, please help yourself by inviting your guests to enjoy themselves and not working part time as a photographer or videographer.
Please do not regret if all the cuts and photos you see in your video has uncle bob or auntie Jane.
Filmed a wedding in July 2013 while my starting promo package was less than S$1,000 for a full day wedding videography . The photographers who shot the wedding of Jianhong and Jennifer were a team of 2, formally from 1950 Photography, and now they are known as TOP Photography. I’m glad the couple, of which, the groom used to be my ex-colleague before I left to do videography full time managed to find them to do the photos as they were experienced in this field. In addition, I was thankful to have them trusting me with their wedding day videography despite the limited portfolio work I have then. Appreciate the kind words I received from them too.
Looking through the almost 300 photos uploaded at the photographers’ facebook page, here are the 10 photos that I find a keeper and my personal favourite.
I get this question pretty frequent when I have moved on to do videography full time. I have requests from friends and past clients asking me if I can take photos for them for their events, buildings and portraits. More often than not, I will forward my friends who are doing photography to them. It is pretty heart warming when they complimented that they like my photos that I took very much. Well, the thing is, I still take photos. Just not paid. If you do ever see photos that I post on my facebook account, they are probably done either on a pro-bono basis or just for the fun of it like a hobby. When it is done out of fun, I do not have any obligation to deliver as many photos as I would probably be contractual to give which some clients want everything that you take.
As much as I do it for the fun of it for people, I would very much to have them as a friend, to appreciate what I have done and maybe offer me a cup of coffee at the very least. There were many instances where I have been too kind, and I have learnt the hard way but I’m glad I have friends like Dawn.
Here’s some photos that I have shot for her in 2013:
Dawn Wong at Artistry
Dawn and her friends performing at Uke Fiesta at Chijmes
Sidewalk Orleans at the Esplanade
The Cafe Show at Loysel’s Toy
On one hand, while not being able to take photos for income is tied to the company’s policy that I’m in, on the other, if I am still shooting photos, I probably wouldn’t have as much time as I have to invest my time in crafting the perfect wedding film. Make sense doesn’t it?