2. Position At The Ceremony
The venue can often dictate or restrict where we are allowed to be at your ceremony. For example, most Roman Catholic churches require we be behind the guests and away from the center aisle. They also dictate when we can move around and when I must stay fixed. Some venues like 2nd Baptist church and many Methodist churches require we be either in the back or in the balcony. We must abide by their restrictions. Sometimes these venues will allow ud to put unmanned cameras (often 'hidden') in the front behind the ceremony which helps alleviate some of the restrictions (and so you don't have to look at people's backs). In other venues, there are no restrictions - in those situations we will still use 3 cameras (unless you tell me not to). These cameras provide additional 'angles' to enhance the quality of your ceremony video, serve as 'backups' to each other in case any one video is not appropriate quality, and provides additional audio feeds to improve the quality of the sound (each camera has 5 on board microphones for Dolby 5.1 surround sound). If you don't provide ue with any guidance, after everyone is in the front, we will normally position ourselves (with the 'rear camera') in the center aisle about halfway back.
We are very sensitive about the following: (a) We don't want to be on the video of the other cameras unless we have to, (b) we don't want to block the view of the groom or the rest of the wedding party as people come down the aisle, (c) 34 want to minimize the impact our presence has on the guests being able to view and enjoy the ceremony and (d) we want to insure we are not preventing the photographer from taking pictures especially the 'first kiss'.
If you want to position us (or the other cameras) in specific locations other than what I will generally use, please let us know. Keep in mind though, that we do not use a tripod for the rear camera since it needs to be moved both at the beginning and the end of the ceremony and so we use a unipod. What this means is that the further back or 'away' we get from the ceremony, the greater the likelihood you will see some shaking on video as we zoom in.
Again, the placement of all the cameras, including the one I operate is up to you though I will make certain assumptions and recommendations based on experience if you don't direct me. Keep also in mind that if I get too far away from the remote controlled camera, I will not be able to control the zoom with my phone.