Hello Everyone! The Brickhouse Films is excited to announce that we are collaborating with Nick Miller Films, Leslee Leaming Films and Nicholas & Keaton, and starting a blog series dedicated to educating brides and grooms on how to achieve the most awesome wedding film! Nick wrote our first blog in the series on the importance of lighting! Enjoy!
I’ve filmed enough weddings to know that most brides & grooms have no clue how important lighting is. So, how important is lighting? VERY. Without a doubt, it is the #1 most important component that effects how your finished product will look.
There are four major parts of the day to think about when talking about lighting: Preparation, Ceremony, Couple Time, and Reception. I’d like to break down these four areas and talk about various ways to make the lighting the best in each situation.
LIGHTING DURING PREPARATION
When it comes to where a bride & groom will be getting ready for the day, most couples fall into one, (or a combination of,) the following:
- Hotel Room
When thinking about where you are going to get ready for the day you should ask yourself the following question, “Does this place have good window light?” If the room has good window light, both your cinematographer (videographer) and photographer should be happy with the set up.
So, what is the best place for us to get ready: a hotel room, church/venue, or my home? Truthfully, if the room has good window light, it doesn’t really matter. Now, aesthetically, most cinematographers (videographers) and photographers will say whatever is the prettiest. However, I would rather film prep shots in a room that isn’t as aesthetically pleasing, but with great window light over a beautiful room with no window light.
A few things to keep in mind about preparation:
See if the make up artist will come to you. Most salons are not set up with cinematography (videography) or photography in mind. Many have huge windows, but that area is set aside as a ‘waiting room’ not the ‘prep area.’ Typically, these are filled with fluorescent lights that can cast an unflattering yellow hue. If the make up artist is able to travel to your hotel room, church/venue, or home they will be able to be set up in front of beautiful window light. Also, when it comes to make up think about what you will sit on. A high chair (no… not for babies…) usually yields the best results. You will be sitting up higher so the make up artist doesn’t have to bend over as much, and the higher chair does wonders for your posture.
The groom prep is important too. Sadly, many grooms get shoved into some dark basement simply because “it doesn’t matter… it’s just the guys.” But, this day is just as much about the groom as the bride. The same guideline of nice window light should apply to the groom as well.
I have had a few couples ask me how important ‘prep’ or ‘getting ready’ footage is. I think it is very important. Prep shots can make up anywhere from 25% to 35% of your finished film. I will be missing a lot of quality footage to include in your film if it isn’t filmed.
Please come back and see more posts on lighting, as well as posts from the other very talented wedding cinematographers (videographers)!