Wedding Videography Through The Ages : Then And Now


It’s remarkable to think that YouTube has only been around since 2005, and only reached Australia two years after that. Wedding videography, on the other hand, has been around since the days of 8mm and 16mm films. Let’s take a quick look the history of the wedding video (it might even inspire yours!).

Where it all began

When it comes to wedding videography, there’s no such thing as the “good old days”. Today’s wedding videography has more in common with video techniques employed to win an MTV video music award than the drab videos shot some forty years ago with the first consumer camcorders.

Remember them? You could hardly miss them! Those gigantic early cameras had to be hoisted onto the shoulders of old school videographers. It’s hardly surprising videographers were an unwelcome intrusion at weddings, as they tripped over guests, shot film at bland angles, shone bright lights, and produced a poorly edited final product.

Back in those early days of wedding videography, who would have believed that a simple 5 minute video of a musical wedding entrance – the JK Wedding Entrance Dance – would become a worldwide hit and attract over 89 million YouTube views. If anything, this is proof of just how emotionally powerful the moving image is!

The dawning of a new era (finally!)

Revolutionary advancements in camera technology made modern wedding videography a whole different ball game. But technology can’t take all the credit – it comes down to the people too.

No longer are your relying on your uncle or fifteen-year-old cousin who dreams of being the next Steven Speilberg. Wedding videographers today are professionals who take their responsibility very seriously. But don’t worry, you won’t be hiring a film director who shouts ‘cut’ or ‘take two’ just as you make your vows! The latest lenses and cameras allow your videographer to capture every perfect moment whilst keeping an anonymous and unobtrusive presence.

Another thing that’s changed over time is the choice of video styles. Sure, you can still have the traditional journalistic or documentary style Sydney wedding video, which show your wedding as it unfolds in special moments during the day. But more and more couples desire something shorter, more creative and more personal. This short form wedding videos provides an edited version of your special day set to music. It will capture all the emotional wedding day highs of when your eyes first meet, when you make your vows, when you first kiss as a married couple, and all those moments you didn’t even realise were happening around you.

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