Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Drone For Your Wedding
When planning a wedding, getting the photography right is a high priority, to ensure every perfect moment is recorded and remembered. A hot new trend is for couples to use drone photography to capture their special day from the sky. Taking wedding photography to another level, drones can shoot absolutely amazing footage in the hands of a pro, and can truly do justice to the occasion. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning.
What are drones? Drones are small, remotely controlled aerial devices often carrying cameras.
Drones can capture footage to make your wedding truly unique Drones are able to capture footage that can’t be shot in any other way. Remember when you first saw satellite pictures on Google Maps, or visited your home town on Google Streetview? With a drone, you can have unique, spectacular views of your special day, rising from the ground to 400ft, that will last forever.
In the hands of an experienced operator drones are very safe If you want to personally fly a drone at your wedding, it will be a strictly DIY job – but there are growing numbers of skilled drone operators available for hire, who are insured, experienced and can bring high quality equipment to capture professional footage. Many top pilots also work for film and TV, using their specialist skills for truly cinematic shots.
Think about what you want to shoot Drones are perfect for capturing aerial views, allowing you to see your venue and guests from the air, as well as the wider world – whether that might be the skyscrapers across town or distant mountains. Drones can also climb, of course, rising from eye level upwards to combine intimate shots with a wider perspective, as well as tracking entrances and your journey from venue to venue. Keep in mind that drones make some noise – so you’ll want to plan to ensure that the photographer doesn’t interrupt proceedings, for example by having them flying while music is playing. Think carefully about what you want to capture and how it will factor into your plans for the day.
Think about how it complements ground based video and photography Many operators will provide a combined service, providing a team to record video and photos of the ceremony and reception, delivering a complete, combined package. If you are using a separate photographer on the ground, make sure to connect them with your drone operator, so they can work together and coordinate to capture every moment.
Planning ahead Drone operators will need to get clearance and permission to film in some locations, so keep in mind that it may take from a couple of days up to two weeks to lock down the locations for filming.
Your guests might get excited! Keep in mind also that a drone may attract attention – so you might need to factor in time for additional shot requests from your guests!