Finding Your Own Unique Style: Becoming A Non-Traditional Wedding Videographer

The story of finding your style and yourself.

Being The non-traditional wedding videographer you’ve always wanted to be.

Non-traditional wedding videographer

Wedding videography has come a long way from the traditional, cookie-cutter approach. Couples now seek something more personal and unique to them and their day. As modern wedding videography is still growing, breaking away from the conventional norms and discovering your unique style can set you apart in this competitive industry. In this blog post, we’ll explore the journey of becoming a non-traditional wedding videographer and straying from what may be comfortable. Focusing on unleashing your creativity, embracing innovative techniques, and understanding the importance of storytelling.

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1. Embrace Your Creativity:

The first step in finding your own unique style as a wedding videographer is to embrace your creativity. Allow yourself the freedom to experiment with different techniques, perspectives, and editing styles. Let go of rigid conventions and explore fresh, imaginative ways to capture the essence of love and emotion during weddings. Take risks. Push your brain power. Get funky. Whether it’s using unconventional camera angles, experimenting with lighting, or incorporating artistic elements, the key is to infuse your personality and creativity into every shot.

2. Find Techniques You Like

This starts with watching others. Find filmmakers you like and lookup to and make note of what they do. Do they shoot handheld? What’s their pacing like for their edits? Non-traditional wedding videography often involves incorporating innovative techniques to create extraordinary films. Think beyond the typical sequences of vows and ring exchanges. Each wedding is a unique canvas for you to showcase your skills, and the more you push boundaries, the more likely you’ll develop a signature style that sets you apart from the rest.

3. Focus on Storytelling:

As a non-traditional wedding videographer, your primary goal should be storytelling. Move beyond simply documenting the events of the day and delve deeper into the couple’s journey, their personalities, and the emotions that bind them together. This all begins in the discovery phase. Truly getting to know your couples will prepare you for what their day is going to be like and what they are going to be like. Use all of this information to craft a narrative that reflects the couple’s love story while still keeping their character and vibe. A well-crafted story can evoke powerful emotions, leaving a lasting impact on both the couple and their loved ones.

4. Emphasize Personalization:

One of the defining characteristics of a non-traditional wedding videographer is their ability to personalize each film to suit the couple’s preferences. Invest time in getting to know the couple before the big day. Understanding their vision, interests, and unique quirks will allow you to tailor your approach to match their personalities. Let their individuality shine through your lens, creating a film that is truly one-of-a-kind.

5. Find Inspiration Beyond Weddings:

To cultivate a distinct style, seek inspiration from various sources beyond the wedding industry. Explore different genres of filmmaking, art, and photography. Draw inspiration from nature, architecture, music, and even literature. Unconventional ideas can often emerge from unexpected sources, helping you infuse fresh perspectives into your wedding videography. But more importantly, experience life. So many of us lock ourselves away in the editing room. Draw inspiration from the life around you

6. (Bonus Tip) You Are Your Style

Finding your style starts with finding yourself. You don’t want to force a style or brand that doesn’t fully represent who you are as an individual. This will make the process way difficult and lead to frustration and burnout. Being non-traditional doesn’t mean only making over the top, music video-esque wedding films like The Drakes or Bottlebrush Films ( absolute legends). It means expressing who you are as a filmmaker intentionally and in a way that only you can, even if it’s more quiet and authentic like BLNK Films or Films By Madeline (goated legends). But it all starts with taking the time to figure yourself out. Who are you?

Don’t Wait. Start Now.

Becoming a non-traditional wedding videographer requires a blend of creativity, innovation, and storytelling. This is something you can implement now, you don’t have to wait until next season or next year. Embrace your unique vision, experiment with groundbreaking techniques, and focus on personalization to create films that stand out in a sea of traditional wedding videos. Remember, each couple’s love story is distinctive, and as a non-traditional wedding videographer, you have the privilege of capturing and immortalizing their love in a way that will be cherished for generations to come. So, let your creativity soar, and embark on a journey of finding your own exceptional style in the world of wedding videography.

I’d love To Hear Your Thoughts!

What ways have you evolved your videography? Is there anything holding you back from changing your style to what you want it to be? In what ways did you make the change? Shoot me a message HERE 🙂

January 19, 2023