A main reason to have a videographer on your wedding day is to be able to relive and rehear all the words that were said:
The ceremony speech, the vows, the toasts, and also the cheers of your friends as you are declared married.
Here's a look at how we ensure we capture all of the important audio of your wedding day.
One might say that these little recording devices are more important to us than the types of cameras we have. These are the main sources of most of the audio in our films, and we use our Lapel Mics throughout the entire wedding day.
They are discrete small devices, with a cord and small microphone attached, that can easily be put on and taken off of a subject, and are made to capture the human voice in a crisp and clear recording.
During the getting ready portion of the day, we have them ready to go in our bag for any letter readings or storytelling moments. We can quickly place them on anyone who will be talking or just set them on a table in front of the person speaking.
For the ceremony, we put the recording devices in the suit pockets of our grooms and officiants, with the microphone placed next to the boutonnière. For officiants wearing dresses, we will put it on their back on the dress, and bring the mic over the shoulder to the front.
We even use them during the reception! We will place them right behind the flowers at the head table just for the toasts and speeches to make sure we have a backup to the sound we are taking from the DJ's board.
For those who enjoy knowing the specific techie side of things, we use the Tascam DR-10Ls.
DJ Board Feed
It's important to us to have more than once source of audio during the main events of the wedding. We work hand in hand with the DJ to ensure we can get a second source of audio from their equipment during the ceremony and reception events.
We use another small recording device, (our choice is the Tascam DR40) and take a feed directly from the DJs board, or from the back of one of their speakers.
On Camera Audio
It might surprise people to know that we usually don't use much of the audio from the cameras itself in our wedding films.
The main reason is that cameras are made to get the best quality visuals they can, and not the best sound. Also, we tend to try to film farther back from our subjects, so we're not close enough to rely on the audio from the camera itself.
We will use the ambient sounds of the day we capture in camera to enhance the film: especially the cheers from the crowd when the couple has their first kiss as a married pair.
We will also use on camera audio if we capture a special moment that we didn't have one of the other audio devices available for. Because at the end of the day, the memories are the most important part of the day, and our job is to document it.
And that's how we capture audio on a wedding day!
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