There are a lot of reasons to make drones a part of your wedding photography package, but like any other aspect of it, they’re not going to be free and make no mistake, there are a few minuses. So, how do you decide if you really need those amazing aerial shots?
Well, it helps to know the ins and outs of drones and what they bring to the table, so we decided to put our many years of experience in wedding photography in NY and NJ to work and created this little guide to drone wedding photography.
Like mentioned above, there are a ton of reasons to at the very least consider using a drone as a part of your wedding photography, but when it comes to the positives, it all starts with those shots, those sweeping, cinematic shots.
Nothing can compare with the breathtaking possibilities that drones bring to the table, and it’s no secret that more and more couples are actively looking for ways to make their wedding photos more unique. Drones can absolutely help in that department.
And think about it, perhaps there’s a certain part of your ceremony or reception space that would look particularly awe-inspiring from the sky, or maybe it just offers incredible views of the sky at sunset.
Maybe you simply want to capture the epic atmosphere and grandeur of the occasion, or you just want to get an aerial view of all the guests who came out to support you and your partner. The point is, there are so many ways to use drones to make your photos more original.
So, whether you and your partner have a particular reason to head to the skies or you’re just looking for ways to bring something different to your wedding album, drones can be your solution.
The first downside is obviously the extra cost that drones present. Again, like any other part of your wedding photography, they’re going to come with a price. From there, drones can be a noisy, and while that looks to improve in the near future, it’s not there quite yet. If you’re having a more casual affair or there will be a lot of loud music and talking, then you don’t have to worry about it.
If, on the other hand, your wedding’s going to be more on the intimate, quiet side, you need to think twice about using drones, or speak with your wedding photographers about when to use them and when not to. The last thing you want is to disrupt a particularly powerful moment while trying to capture it.
Then there’s the weather-related concerns to consider. Drones obviously can’t be out there in bad weather and, unfortunately, unexpected weather is not all that uncommon when it comes to wedding days.
And it’s not just rain or snow that can be a problem, you also to need to think about the wind, which brings us to the next and most important negative to consider: the danger drones present if in the wrong hands.
High winds can quickly take a drone from a wonderful wedding photography tool to a dangerous, fast-moving object. So, if you do go ahead and make a drone a part of your photography package and the operator informs you that the weather’s not right for it when your wedding day arrives, listen.
First off, you can weigh the positives against the negatives of drone wedding photography all you want, but if your venue(s) doesn’t allow them, you either have to make a change or the decision’s been made for you.
They obviously won’t work indoors but you also have to consider areas with a lot of trees, wires, telephones poles, etc. And on top of that, some places simply don’t allow them, while others require a permit.
So, make sure you ask your venue and/or all your potential venues about their policies on drones before you fall head over heels for them and find out they’re not allowed after it’s too late.
On that note, some areas in general, like national parks for instance, don’t allow the use of drones. So, if you’re getting married in a park or city, you need to check as early on as possible to make sure that drones are okay.
From there, the importance of the skill and experience of the person operating the drone cannot be overstated. Like mentioned above, in the wrong hands, drones can be very dangerous, so make sure you’ve found the right people for the job.
Then there’s time to consider, and we’ve been in wedding photography in NJ and NY for long enough to know that capturing any photographs takes time, and it will only take more when adding a drone to the equation. So, you need to think carefully about how much time you’re really going to have for drones.
Make sure drones are right for your wedding.
As you can see, when it comes to trying to decide between making drones a part of your wedding photography package or not, it’s not always that simple, but it can be a whole lot faster of a process if you know what they truly offer.
That, of course, would be the ability to capture moments like no other tool can, apart from renting a helicopter. There really is nothing like opening a wedding album and seeing an aerial photo taken from a drone. They seem to take your breath away every time, no matter how often you look at them, so if that’s the kind of impact you’re looking for, they may be the answer.
But they’re not always the answer. They can be noisy, they won’t work in bad weather, and if you don’t have the right person operating the controls, they can be dangerous. And sometimes, the venue or area you’re getting married or celebrating your wedding in will not allow the use of drones.
So, if your venue or the area surrounding it is particularly beautiful or you and/or your partner are looking for ways to make your wedding photos more unique and powerful, give drones some serious thought. Just don’t rush into any decisions before knowing all you need to know. We hope this post helps!
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