Michael Caswell Photography
Working with Videographers

My Philosophy on Working with Wedding Videographers

Though I am strictly a still photographer and don't offer videography services, this topic comes up often in my discussions with brides and grooms. Some couples know for certain that they do not want video, while others definitely do want video or are on the fence about it, but want to know whether or not the presence of a videographer will cause problems for photography.

Generally speaking, the answer to this is no... I can shoot an event with an experienced professional video team without any significant issues. There will be some small differences in how I work, but I will still be able to fully document your event. What kind of differences? Well, this gets to my philosophy on videography. Several years ago, a photographer colleague from another city dismissively commented to me about videographers, "I don't care, I just step right in front of them." And to be honest, there are stories of videographers who treat the photographer the same. In both cases, one sees the other as a "competitor" in terms of capturing the day, and will work in an uncooperative manner. Thankfully, this kind of attitude is rare in the New Orleans area.

Cooperation and Respect

My approach, and that of probably the vast majority of experienced professional wedding photographers and videographers in New Orleans, is that we are both being paid by the couple to perform a service, and to completely disregard the other is disrespectful  both to them as a professional, and more importantly, to the bride and groom. Thus, we coordinate with each other, and are considerate in terms of staying out of each other's shots to the greatest extent possible, to ensure the couple  gets both good pictures, and good video coverage of their day.

In the absence of specific instructions to the contrary, I operate under the assumption that videography is equally important to the bride and groom as photography. As such, I will try whenever possible to avoid walking in front of their cameras (even though they'll typically have multiple cameras running simultaneously during the ceremony and important portions of the reception, and can cut to another during editing if I do  have to momentarily block their view). So, I do not have quite the same level of freedom of movement that I would have otherwise, but the difference is relatively minor in most cases.

And most videographers seem to feel the same way. Naturally, they want to do the best job possible for the couple and would probably enjoy having complete freedom as well, but they also realize that photography is important to the couple. So, with this  kind of understanding, respect, and working relationship, documenting events together is not a problem.

Here are some of the fantastic videographers I can wholeheartedly recommend: