The reason I am not willing to work alongside videographers is quite simply because I know the quality of my photographs is negatively affected when trying to work around videography. For me my highest priority is being able to deliver the quality of photographs that couples expect from me and I know I can't do so when distracted by and restriced by a videography team.
Most videography teams now come with 4 cameras to capture the ceremony and 2-3 videographers. You can imagine that's a lot of people and equipment for me to try to work around to ensure that I capture the best photographs possible for my couples. It feels a bit like being on a reality tv show and because of that it can be challenging to capture the natural photographs that I am used to. I move quickly on a wedding day to try to capture as many moments as possible and the stunning scenery couples have chosen to get married at. Having a videography team means my movements are restricted when I am trapped by tripods and videographers on every side.This is a HUGE distraction for me when I need to be focussed on doing my job. It limits my ability to move and photograph the scene when typically for a ceremony a videography team will set up a tripod in the center, a camera on a tripod on the bride's face, a camera on a tripod on the groom's face and then a moving camera.
I do recognize that video can be valuable for some couples but I know that for me personally having a video crew I need to work around negatively affects the quality of photographs that I can capture for couples and for that reason I have in my contract that I will not work with videographers. If video is a priority for you then it's important to find a photo/video team that have a history of working well together.
This film crew only had 2 cameras and 2 videographers but it didn't leave me space to get a clean centered photograph of the ceremony. I typically move quickly doing the ceremony so that I can capture as much of the scenery and the moments as possible but having videographers present means I am locked in place with very limited movement which truly limits what I am able to capture.
At the wedding above there were 2 cameras on tripods on either side of the bride and groom, a camera on a tripod in the centre aisle, a big black microphone at the couple's feet recording sound and a moving camera. This left me with very little space to move to capture clean photos of the couple's ceremony. At key moments the videographer stepped in front of me to capture video which meant I missed being able to capture those moments in photographs. Instead of being able to do my job and focus on the couple and their ceremony I needed to divert energy to watching for the mulitple video cameras and try to figure out where I could squeeze in a photo.
Even though I spoke to videographers about every place I would be taking photos during the recessional and processional so we could work as a team the videographers chose to film from the opposite side which not only meant they were in my photos but that I was in their videos.
As I framed the ceremony and prepared to photograph the recessional the videographer who was crouched below me suddenly jumped up in front of me and walked down the aisle blocking my ability to capture that moment.
Not only is this videographer in my photograph but she is standing in front of the guests and blocking their view of the ceremony.