Tips and tricksWedding VideographyHow photographers and videographers work together

January 31, 2018by Phil Cooper0

Videographers and Photographer working together

It is no secret that you need a great photographer and videographer working together on your special day. Almost every week, I work with a different photographer. Ensuring an effective working relationship is vital to making your wedding day a day to remember.


When I meet a couple for the first time or initially book their wedding. I always inquire about who their photographer is. I am aware that building the relationship between myself and the photographer is paramount. Ensuring the couple’s best experience on the day. Once I determine the photographers’ details, I research their advertised work to establish their specific style and then initiate contact via email.

I advise them how excited I am to be working with them at the upcoming nuptials and explain my process. The majority of the time, the photographer will reply to this email, and we will commence discussing details of the wedding. I have been following this method for some years now. I find that this sets a positive tone for our working relationship moving forward.

Videographers and Photographers – working together at your wedding – A more formal introduction

When working so closely with a photographer, it is in everyone’s best interest to get to know them. Where possible, I always try to meet them face to face for a coffee. If this is not possible, I always attempt to ensure we have made contact via telephone, or in some instances, Facebook Messenger. So that we have built the relationship to a point where we are both comfortable before your wedding day.

Once your big day arrives, I ensure that I have made arrangements to meet the photographer before heading up the rooms. Of course, it is imperative if we have not had the opportunity to meet face-to-face formally. This prep time allows us to properly assess the venue and collaborate on details about how best shoot items. Such as the dress, shoes, jewellery and to ensure that we are not getting in each other’s way. Therefore not waste time butting heads. 

Videography & photography – do we both want the same thing?

For the most part, our goals are the same throughout the day. However, some things that work for the photographer won’t work for the videographer. It is imperative that both parties are vocal and freely discuss what they both want. Whilst it is great to have someone else there whom you can bounce ideas off, it is essential to remember that the shooting process collaborates between two creative minds.

The videographer and photographer must talk about critical moments from the day. Such as how we will film the bride when she dons her dress or the cameras’ location during the ceremony, so we are both on the same page.

Videographers and PhotographersKeep it light and fun

Keep communicating Banter and idol talk between the videographer and photographer to keep flowing throughout the day. If we are all getting along, everyone in the bridal parties will notice and immediately feel at ease. Throughout my career, I’ve had so many comments like “so, you guys have obviously worked together before” or “how long you have known each other”. Which I believe pays testament to my ability to build relationships.

I always ensure that everyone will feel more relaxed results in better shots for everyone! Ensuring I maintain the videographer & photographer relationship. Throughout my career, I’ve received countless referral bookings from photographers. I have worked with by just maintaining contact.

When I post films from the day on my Facebook page, I always tag the photographer and acknowledge their work. .. I ensure I follow photographers on social media. If I ascertain that a couple is after a specific photography style that they specialise in. I pass on the individual or companies name to the couple for consideration.


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