As longtime veterans of NY / NJ wedding videography and photography, we’ve heard it a lot. Plenty of newlyweds-to-be come to us wondering why they should even consider getting both videography and photography.
Whether it’s because they feel that going the classic route and just getting pictures will suffice, or because they believe that by going with a video they then no longer have a need for photography, it’s completely understandable.
The thing is, make no mistake, there are reasons to get both videography and photography. In fact, there are some darn good reasons. Read on to learn about a few of them.
You can’t hang your video(s) on the wall.
Yes, videos present something that photos just cannot accomplish, but more on that in a bit, because the truth is that pictures have all their own powers as well. First of all, there’s your photo album to consider, which can be placed around the house so that guests can scoop it up at their leisure and either get a feel for the experience of your wedding day if they weren’t in attendance or remember it if they were.
It’s not that you can’t gather around the television and watch your video with guests—of course you can and we highly recommend it—but it’s an entirely different activity, and one which requires at least a little planning and coordination. Looking at some pictures is simply easier.
Then there’s your home decor to think about. After all, it’s not like you’re going to want to have to go out and stock up on HDTVs so that you can play your video on the walls all over your house. That’s what your framed pictures are for.
Again, those photos will allow you and/or any guests to take a trip back in time to your wedding day at any moment, whether passing by some pictures in the hallways, on the way up the stairs, etc. The bottom line is that they’ll allow you to peek back at your big in a way that videos can’t.
Pictures can’t tell the whole story.
Now, while wedding photos will provide you with a window through which you can revisit the experience of your wedding day at any time, they’ll only allow you to go back so far and to visit for so long. That’s where videos come into play.
Having your big day documented in video is a whole different ball game than doing it solely through pictures. Videos have a way of not just hooking viewers in quickly but then bringing them deep into the authentic atmosphere and experience of the celebration.
We’ve been in wedding videography in NY and NJ for a long time and trust us, videos will allow you or anyone who views them not to just remember the day but to truly relive it. They have a way of shedding some light on all the little nuances, on top of giving a more expansive look at all the bigger moments.
It could be an unforgettable speech from the best man or maid of honor, a guest’s emotional reaction to your and your partner’s vows or to a speech, a brief exchange between two special guests or close family members, etc. The point is that only video can truly capture the depth of emotions that are experienced throughout a wedding day, whether by the newlyweds themselves or their guests, and those emotions will tell a whole different, and more rich, story than pictures on a wall.
They can work together.
As you can see, both wedding videos and photos have their own respective benefits, benefits that the other just can’t offer. The thing is, on top of both presenting their own distinct advantages, they can also work together to present completely different possibilities.
Think about it, if you have a few pictures hanging up of you, your partner, and/or some of your wedding guests cracking up or experiencing a very emotional moment, the people who look at them will likely want to know more about that moment and what, exactly, was going on.
So, rather than simply trying to explain it, you can just show off your video, which dives deeper into moments like those. In that way, your pictures can act as a sort of teaser for your video, creating suspense and anticipation for the bigger story to come.
While your pictures will, hopefully, have the capacity to draw onlookers in and create some intrigue, your video will then have the power to satisfy that initial suspense and give them a payoff.
It’s just more with which to tell your love story.
No matter what style nor size of wedding you’re planning, chances are that you’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money along the way, which is why it’s perfectly understandable to be a little apprehensive about forking over the cash for both wedding videography and photography.
However, that’s also the exact reason that you need to, at the very least, strongly consider having all your big day’s special moments captured in both pictures and video(s). After all, going with both will only help to ensure that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste and that you capture as much of the day and celebration and all the little details as possible. That will only help to make for a better story, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of experienced NY / NJ wedding photographers, videographers, and editors who’ve been making memories magical in the NY, NJ, PA, and CT area for years with dazzling wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.