Today, thanks to Instagram, we're all used to seeing absolutely stunning wedding photo's taken in equally stunning locations, most often set against the setting sun, the ocean, or even breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon.
But, we hardly spare a thought as to how those shots are taken in the first place. You'll be hard-pressed to find a wedding photographer willing to dangle himself/herself over a precarious cliff just to capture that perfect shot. Enter Drone Wedding Photography. In the last couple of years, drones have increasingly become popular for aerial wedding photography that simply takes wedding photos to another level. What follows are just a few reasons why you should strongly consider hiring a professional drone company to manage your drone wedding photography needs.
Benefits of Drone Wedding Photography and Videography
Showcase (and show off) Your Venue
One of the best things about drone wedding photography is that it gives you a completely different perspective of your venue. It's an excellent way to show off your ceremony and/or reception location, whether it be a grand estate, a picturesque vineyard, or even a private beach. Your drone photographer will be able to capture angles and views that would otherwise be impossible to get.
Get a Unique Perspective of Your Guests
Your drone photographer will also be able to capture some unique shots of your guests that you wouldn't be able to get with a traditional ground-based camera. For example, imagine getting a shot of all your guests waving at the drone as it flies overhead. These are the kinds of candid shots that will help capture the overall atmosphere and feeling of your wedding day.
Make a Grand Entrance (or Exit)
Another great use for drone wedding photography is to make a grand entrance or exit. Imagine arriving at your ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage and having a drone overhead capturing it all. Or, for a more dramatic exit, have your drone photographer capture you and your spouse running hand-in-hand through a field of wheat or lavender as you make your way to your getaway car. These are the kinds of entrances/exits that will make your wedding day unforgettable.
Things to Keep in Mind When Working with a Drone Wedding Photographer
While drone wedding photography has its advantages, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind before hiring a drone company.
Not all Drone Companies are Created Equal
There are a lot of drone operators out there who are self-taught and have little to no experience. While they may be able to capture some great shots, you're ultimately entrusting them with expensive equipment and your once-in-a-lifetime event. So, you must do your research and only work with a reputable drone company that has a proven track record of delivering quality results.
Drone Photography and Videography can be Disruptive
Because of this, it's important to let your guests know in advance that there may be a drone flying overhead during your wedding. This way, they can be prepared and won't be startled by its presence.
Rules & Regulations Still Apply
Drone photography and videography are subject to the same rules and regulations as traditional photography and videography. This means that you'll need to get permission from your venue before flying a drone on their property. Additionally, you'll need to check with the venue whether it falls under a 'No Drone Zone' designated by the FAA.
Hiring a drone company for your wedding is a great way to capture some truly unique and stunning photos and videos that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Just be sure to do your research and only work with a reputable drone company. And, of course, follow all the rules & regulations.