Photographers can be catty. Real catty. In fact, out of all creative groups I can think of, I can’t put my finger on one that is more competitive and judgmental than photographers. So how should you react when you’re hired to photograph an event and find another professional there with a camera?
My company only focuses on still images at this point. We seem to stay pretty busy doing so, and the idea of adding more services to our current offerings isn’t doable at this time. Times that we receive inquiries about videography, we make referrals to a few trusted professionals that we’re confident in. I feel like this is a healthy practice — for now. Many times, we’re booked alongside a videographer we do not know until the day of the event.
If you're unfamiliar with the videographer, make sure you’re introduced. If you haven’t been, go introduce yourself. Nothing says “I’m unprofessional” or “I’m a snob” more than blowing off another pro there to shoot the same thing you are.
Come Up With a Game Plan
Hopefully you’ve already come up with a game plan in regards to covering whatever event you may have been hired to photograph, but if you haven’t already gone over an event schedule and come up with a plan of attack, do so with the videographer. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to communicate during the most inopportune times. Communication is important during events like weddings, and guests will pick up on your body language if you’re frustrated or struggling to communicate. That’s unprofessional.
Generally, there’s enough time and space for both photographer and videographer to work without running into each other, but that isn’t always the case. When going over your plan with the videographer, be sure to discuss who will be where in those cramped spaces so you can both get the shot you’re after, clear of the other person spoiling it.
During weddings, many videographers are going to want a shot following the bride down the aisle. This always makes me cringe a little bit when I hear it, considering that’s a shot I want too. It is possible to make it work for the both of you with planning.
The more you shoot alongside videographers, the more you’ll get a feel for the ones that are good at what they do. I've been lucky up to this point, and have only worked with competent videographers, but in the event that you end up working with one that is less than stellar, relax and make the best of the situation.
Do you have any tips or advice for working alongside videographers at events like weddings? Share in the comments below.