FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What’s a ‘Wedding’? From a Wedding photographer’s view.

Q. What’s the primary objective of a wedding photographer and video team?

Q. Why is it a challenge? What aspects are challenging?

Q. What should be the main traits in a wedding photographer or a video guy?

Q. What’s more important? The cameraman or the camera? Or both?

Q. Ok. Now I’ve shortlisted some wedding photographers and video teams. What should I look for to confirm on a photography/video team?

Q. Why is it important to choose someone who edits the final product?

Q. How big should a team be?

Q. Is video really required if we have already chosen wedding photography services?

Q. Other than the schedule of the events during the wedding, what else information would you need?

Q. What are the main components of the wedding quote?

Q. Some photographers have limits on the no. of pictures and length of video. What’s your opinion?

Q. If you could give us one advice what would it be?

 

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions to CuspConcepts.

Q. What’s a ‘Wedding’? From a Wedding photographer’s view.

Ans. A ‘Wedding’ is a very important milestone in an individual’s’ life. It’s a celebration of two individuals confirming that from that day onwards they are partners for life. It’s an occasion where both the families celebrate togetherness.

For a photographer, it’s an occasion where one can find only happiness all around. Positive vibes from all directions. An event full of extreme emotions, non-stop interactions with family and friends. All this at a venue with well thought of attention to detail. Everything from the effort put into choosing the decoration, the venue to the attire, the jewelry goes through major review cycles. Everything is planned from the choice of make up artist to food catering much much before the wedding day. And all that planning culminates on this day. Can a day be bigger than this in one’s life well according to me it’s one of the most life changing events in your life.

Q. What’s the primary objective of a wedding photographer and video team?

Ans. Primary objective is to document “All of the above”!

Simple answer but a major challenge at the same time.

Q. Why is it a challenge? What aspects are challenging?

Ans. Many things. The Top 5 challenges are:

  • Building a rapport so that the client is comfortable with our team.
  • Setting expectations. And making a mental note of the subliminal requirements.
  • Being accommodating and putting the customer first.
  • Be prepared for inconsistent light, colour temperature, restricted movement and no control over the flow of events (unpredictability).
  • Building the trust and retaining that trusting for years after documenting the wedding.

There are many many more, but these are the Top 5 we find challenging in our daily life in this business.

Q. What should be the main traits in a wedding photographer or a video guy?

Ans. Patience. Judgement. Anticipation. Empathy. Communication.

Since a wedding is not a staged event like a movie set, the traits mentioned above are of utmost importance in a Cameraman.

Q. What’s more important? The cameraman or the camera? Or both?

Ans. I used to think both for a long time but in the last few years after working with so many clients and associates (photographers and video cameramen) I’ve come to realise that the most important thing is the Cameraman.

Nowadays mobile phones have very capable cameras in them. And their media now occupies more and more of the world wide web.

Technology is changing by leaps and bounds. Cameras are becoming more and more advanced everyday.

The basic ingredients of a wedding don’t change. It’s the same anywhere in the world for centuries. Cameras are just tools. It’s the Cameraman behind that camera that makes all the difference.

Here’s a funny way to look at it. Which is better? A Monkey with a fantastic camera or an experienced Cameraman with any camera?

But having said this. We always have the best camera equipment which is tested and analysed vigorously. Advancement in technology definitely makes our life easier. Like faster focusing, better low light capability and smoother post processing workflow and overall lesser goof ups.

Q. Ok. Now I’ve shortlisted some wedding photographers and video teams. What should I look for to confirm on a photography/video team?

Ans. Deliverables.

All that effort and time spent during the wedding all comes down to deliverables. The photo book and the videos.

That’s what’ll stay with you.

So. Choose the team who edits their own photos,  videos and designs the photo books.

Q. Why is it important to choose someone who edits the final product?

Ans. Who else knows what happened on that day than the Cameraman itself. He/she knows what they’ve shot and why they’ve shot a particular scene. They know how the day unfolded and they are the ones who are the storytellers. Hence how they finally package their thoughts and their storytelling is important. In this case it’s the deliverables.

Q. How big should a team be?

Ans. From years of experience shooting hundreds of weddings. Lesser the better. One Photographer and one video Cameraman is more than enough.

As small a team is recommended because every person in the team occupies some real estate around the mandap which blocks the view of the rituals for the guests to see.

But.

If there are events happening simultaneously at the bride and groom’s side like groom’s baraat and on the other side the bride’s family getting ready to welcome the groom’s family has to be documented. Then you definitely need two photographers and two cameramen to cover each side.

Also, if we feel an extra Cameraman would bring in the benefit of an extra perspective of the wedding, we will not hesitate to get another person. But it’s very dependent on the dynamics of the wedding.

Q. Is video really required if we have already chosen wedding photography services?

Ans. Photos and Videos are mutual exclusive. Meaning, there is no overlap among the two. Photographs can be printed in the form of photo books, photo frames, etc. and hence doesn’t rely on digital media to revisit one’s special day. One can find new things that they didn’t notice before while looking at the photos again and again. As cliche as it might sound, ‘A photograph speaks a 1000 words’ still holds good to this day and forever.

But. A big BUT.

In my view, photographs showcase only part of the story. They are static.

On the other hand, videos are the best way to relive one’s special day. Why? Because it has sounds, voices, motion, a flow. It’s really the best way to document an important event.

As a caveat, we really setup CuspConcepts primarily to start making non-intrusive documentary style wedding videos. And all our clients are very happy with it, because we keep it as realistic as possible, with the original colors and audio.

So, both are equally important.

Q. Other than the schedule of the events during the wedding, what else information would you need?

Ans. Tell us your story. The reason why the wedding is happening in the first place inspires us, motivates us to document the wedding.

Q. What are the main components of the wedding quote?

Ans. Main components that goes into costing are:

  • Professional charges for hiring the Cameraman which goes by their contractual agreement for cost/hr of services.
  • Equipment charges
  • Editing cost
  • Logistics and accommodation cost
  • Office administration cost
  • Cost of deliverables. Printing, shipping, consumables, etc.
Q. Some photographers have limits on the no. of pictures and length of video. What’s your opinion?

Ans. That’s silly. In the digital era, putting limits is ridiculous. In my view it’s like compromising on important memories.

Q. If you could give us one advice what would it be?

Ans. Have fun. Enjoy your wedding. It’s a celebration.

Don’t worry about logistics, start times or anything in the decor that doesn’t go as per plan. Don’t work too hard to create an experience for others that’s not what a wedding is.

Also, get a lot of rest!

 

Cheers!