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Candid videography: Capturing genuine moments on your special day

When it comes to wedding videography, there's something truly special about capturing the unfiltered, spontaneous moments that happen throughout the day. This is where candid videography shines. At Filmarry, we believe that the most beautiful memories are often the ones you don't plan for—the laughs, the tears, and the little glances that speak volumes. Let's dive into what makes candid videography so magical and why it might be the perfect choice for your wedding.
Candid videography focuses on capturing moments as they naturally unfold, without any staging or posing. It's about being in the right place at the right time, with a keen eye for those genuine interactions and emotions that tell the true story of your wedding day. Unlike traditional videography, which may involve directing scenes or setting up shots, candid videography is all about authenticity.

Why choose candid videography?

  1. Authenticity: The beauty of candid videography lies in its authenticity. The footage captures the raw, unscripted emotions of your special day, from the joyous laughter during the speeches to the tender moments shared between you and your partner. These genuine interactions are what make your wedding uniquely yours.
  2. Emotional impact: Watching a candid video brings back the true essence of your wedding day. You get to relive the heartfelt moments, the spontaneous reactions, and the unplanned interactions that made your day unforgettable. It's like experiencing your wedding all over again, with all the emotions intact.
  3. Natural flow: Candid videography ensures that your wedding video has a natural flow. Instead of structured scenes, the footage transitions seamlessly, reflecting the actual progression of your day. This creates a more engaging and immersive viewing experience.
  4. Less intrusive: With candid videography, there's no need to worry about posing for the camera or following directions. Our videographers blend into the background, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the day without any interruptions. This approach ensures that everyone remains relaxed and genuine throughout the event.
  5. Capturing the little moments: Some of the most precious moments at a wedding are the small, often unnoticed ones. A tearful glance between the bride and her father, the shared laughter among friends, or the playful antics of children—candid videography captures these fleeting moments that might otherwise be missed.
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Tips for great candid videography

  • Trust the process: Trust your videographer to do their job without interference. The beauty of candid videography is its unpredictability, so let the moments unfold naturally and enjoy your day.
  • Stay present: Focus on enjoying your wedding day rather than worrying about the camera. The more relaxed and present you are, the more genuine and beautiful the footage will be.
  • Communicate key moments: While candid videography thrives on spontaneity, it’s helpful to inform your videographer about any key moments you want to be captured, such as special dances, speeches, or surprises.

Capturing clear audio in noisy environments

Weddings are lively events, often filled with music, chatter, and other background noises. Capturing clear audio amidst this cacophony is a significant challenge. At Filmarry, we use top-of-the-line audio equipment, including lapel microphones and directional microphones, to isolate and capture the voices and sounds that matter most, minimizing background noise. Our team strategically places microphones and recording devices to ensure they are close to the action but remain unobtrusive, which helps in picking up clear audio from key moments like vows, speeches, and toasts. In post-production, we use advanced audio editing software to clean up and enhance the audio, ensuring that the final video delivers crisp, clear sound without unwanted noise.

Challenges of candid videography

Unpredictable lighting

One of the biggest challenges in candid videography is dealing with unpredictable lighting. Unlike staged shots where lighting can be controlled, candid moments can occur in varying light conditions.
Natural light mastery: Our videographers are skilled at making the most of natural light, using it to enhance the mood and feel of the footage. We pay close attention to how light changes throughout the day and adjust our techniques accordingly.

Understanding golden hour: The golden hour, which occurs just after sunrise and before sunset, provides soft, warm lighting that is incredibly flattering and romantic. Our team plans key shots during this time to take advantage of the natural glow, ensuring your footage has a dreamy, ethereal quality.
London’s weather can be unpredictable, but our videographers are prepared for all scenarios. Whether it’s a sunny day or overcast skies, we know how to adjust our camera settings and positioning to make the most of the available light. Overcast days, for example, provide even, diffused lighting that eliminates harsh shadows.

Utilising natural reflectors: We look for natural reflectors in the environment, such as light-colored walls, bodies of water, or reflective surfaces that can bounce light and brighten your shots. This technique helps in highlighting your features and adding depth to the footage.
Finding the right balance between shade and sunlight is crucial. Too much direct sunlight can cause harsh shadows and squinting, while too much shade can make the footage look flat. Our videographers strategically position subjects to achieve a harmonious balance, ensuring everyone looks their best.

Time of day planning: We carefully plan our shooting schedule around the time of day. Midday sun can be harsh and unflattering, so we often focus on indoor or shaded shots during this time and save outdoor, sunlit shots for the morning or late afternoon when the light is softer.

Handling movement and spontaneity

Capturing spontaneous moments can be tricky, especially when people are constantly moving. At Filmarry, we excel at this by employing versatile shooting techniques. Our team is skilled in using various methods that allow us to adapt quickly to changing scenarios. We utilize gimbals and stabilizers to ensure smooth and steady footage even when we're on the move, capturing every fleeting moment with precision.

Experience and quick reflexes are crucial in this line of work. Our videographers are always on high alert, ready to capture those fleeting moments of joy, laughter, and surprise that can happen in the blink of an eye. Their ability to anticipate and react swiftly ensures that no important moment goes unnoticed.

We also believe in the power of continuous shooting during critical parts of the day, such as the ceremony and reception. By keeping the cameras rolling, we ensure that we don't miss any spontaneous moments. This approach allows us to gather a wealth of candid footage, giving us plenty of material to work with during the editing process. This continuous coverage is particularly useful for capturing unplanned interactions, unexpected expressions, and genuine emotions that make your wedding film truly special.

The benefits of choosing Filmarry for your wedding videography

At Filmarry, we believe that the most beautiful memories are often the ones you don't plan for—the laughs, the tears, and the little glances that speak volumes. Our candid videography captures these unfiltered, spontaneous moments, ensuring your wedding film is filled with genuine interactions and emotions. This authenticity brings back the true essence of your wedding day, allowing you to relive the heartfelt moments, spontaneous reactions, and unplanned interactions that made your day unforgettable.

Expertise in handling unpredictable elements

Weddings are dynamic events, and our team excels at handling the unpredictability that comes with them. From dealing with varying lighting conditions to capturing clear audio in noisy environments, we are well-prepared to adapt to any scenario. Our use of state-of-the-art equipment, including lapel microphones, directional microphones, gimbals, and stabilizers, ensures smooth and high-quality footage regardless of the circumstances.
Our candid videography ensures that your wedding video has a natural flow. Instead of structured scenes, our footage transitions seamlessly, reflecting the actual progression of your day. This approach creates a more engaging and immersive viewing experience, allowing you to experience your wedding as it happened, with all the emotions intact.
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Professionalism and discretion

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and ability to remain unobtrusive throughout your event. Our videographers blend into the background, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the day without interruptions. This less intrusive approach ensures that everyone remains relaxed and genuine, which is essential for capturing authentic footage.

Attention to detail

At Filmarry, we pay meticulous attention to every detail, from the grandest gestures to the smallest touches. Our focus on detail ensures that we capture the essence of your day, including those spontaneous moments and candid interactions that make your wedding unique. Our expertise in utilizing natural light, strategic positioning, and continuous shooting helps us capture every fleeting moment with precision.
Our team is skilled in various shooting techniques that allow us to adapt quickly to changing scenarios. We make the most of natural reflectors, balance shade and sunlight, and plan our shooting schedule around the time of day to ensure the best possible footage. Our creative vision and quick reflexes ensure that no important moment goes unnoticed, resulting in a wedding film that is both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.

Comprehensive coverage

We believe in the power of continuous shooting during critical parts of the day, such as the ceremony and reception. By keeping the cameras rolling, we ensure that we don't miss any spontaneous moments. This comprehensive coverage provides us with a wealth of candid footage to choose from during the editing process, ensuring your wedding film is rich with genuine, heartfelt moments.