Today’s wedding videographer interview is with Mark Wikkerink Cinema | Stills (also on our photographer directory as well!) Take it away, Mark:
Tell us about your company, how did you get started?
I started out in wedding photography in 2008, after assisting and working with other various wedding photographers. Over the years I have been developing my talents, and I have fallen in love with wedding cinematography as well! After having rebranded my business in 2011, we now offer both photography and videography (or Cinema | Stills as I call it!) and have been working hard on new ways to combine the two media into something both creative and professional!
See the rest of the interview and a video after the jump!
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a videographer?
When looking for a videographer, it’s really important to look for something that you both connect well with (you are going to spend your entire wedding day with them), and someone who offers the style of video that you are looking for, as well as the equipment to create the style that you want! We aim to capture details and small moments of your wedding, and to create a documentary style film of your day. There are many other videographers out there though whose style is to set up static cameras and record there ceremony and reception (which is also fine). Be sure you see examples of the style you are looking for, as well as ask about the technical equipment (cameras, lenses, HD or not, audio recording, etc) and creative equipment (slider, glidecam, crane, monopods, etc). If you don’t know what these devices are or do, feel free to ask about them — each one will add to your wedding film tremendously!
What is your favorite part of the day to capture?
My favourite part of the day is probably the getting ready time, as well as the formals. In Canada, brides generally don’t see their grooms until they walk down the aisle, so formal pictures usually take place between the ceremony and reception. I love being with the members of the wedding party as they get ready, because there is so much going on its really fun to capture it all, and usually there is lots of time to be creative and try different things! The formals section is always a favourite too, because usually the tension has lifted, and everyone is joking around and having a good time!
How do you feel videography has changed in the last few years?
With the advent of the DSLR that shoots HD video, wedding cinematography is a growing field. While it doesn’t take much to get into, it does take a lot of time, experience, and talent to be done properly. Videography has changed and is changed in that it is a much more personal and emotional medium now than it has in the past, and it is higher quality than ever!
Do you have advice for wedding videographers just starting out?
Yes! The first piece of advice is that wedding experience is MUCH more valuable than videography experience! By wedding experience I don’t just mean experience shooting weddings, I mean experience with weddings themselves! Knowing what goes into a wedding, how the day is going to go, various shots you must get (that are important to the couple), etc, is invaluable on the wedding day in order for things to go smoothly! Even if you haven’t shot a single wedding yet, you will learn a lot holding bags for a photographer, stacking chairs for a wedding planner, or any job you can do involving weddings will help you learn.
My second piece of advice is to take your time. Regardless of how talented you are, you won’t be shooting weddings full time right out of the gate, so take your time and set up a proper website, grab the gear you need (not always what you want). Backup gear is VERY important, and you need to have enough gear to still shoot a high quality product if your main camera goes down on the wedding day.
If you were to make a blooper reel, what moment that you’ve captured would make us laugh the most?
This is a really tough question! So far we haven’t had many great bloopers, so it would be a reel of people telling jokes and laughing!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Another tough one! I would have to say that right now, probably the most challenging part is knowing what I want to be able to accomplish in the future, and being able to actually get there!
Thanks Mark! For more on Mark Wikkerink Cinema | Stills, check out his profile on WeddingVideoLove, or head straight to his website.