Making Money as NYC Cinematographer


I was at my favorite coffee shop the other day, and I came across this other guy who wanted to become a full-time cinematographer like me. We’re both recent film grads and really hit it off because we both agreed how hard it is to make money as a filmmaker in NYC. What he did tell me was try to make money off weddings. Check out their awesome content here:

2Bridges Productions

Here’s a recent wedding they shot at the Botanical Gardens in Bronx, New York City:

I think I’m going to give this wedding thing a shot. I do have fancy cameras just sitting around in my living room. Although Daddy was nice enough to buy all this stuff for me, I still gotta learn how to use it and make cinematic videos:


So for anyone looking to hire a wedding cinematographer – think of me! So that was my disclosure of who I am, and now I’m going to give free advice to my potential customers.

How to Make a Cinematic Wedding Video

Conversing with your wedding videographer is extremely important to get the video recording that you would like. Discuss the theme of your wedding and what occasions are important for you. If you’re buying a cinematic or movie like effect, make sure to avoid any talk about plain camera placement – you will need those cameras in real time for shooting your entire day as it naturally unfolds. Ensure that your wedding videographer can attend your rehearsal or at least he knows its location, and the positioning of your reception, well beforehand – it’s essential for planning the shooting of event. Here in this article you will find valuable information about How to Make a Cinematic Wedding Video.

It is not just the video but the Movie

Typically, the most popular kind of wedding videography is the cinematic wedding video, which eventually ends up looking similar to a brief film or movie. It is sometimes taken with only 1 camera but often with two or more. While one cameraman targets filming the marriage from start till end, the other wedding videographer is capturing different footage including interviews and other shots that are later found in the production for making of a far more artistic finished product. They are more costly and could involve many editing to be able to create the required effects of a far more cinematic or movie style creation.

The wedding industry has evolved completely. Several trends have been introduced in the marriage video industry during the last ten years. It has witnessed Great deal of changes and advancements. From many documentary videos of long duration to a brief cinematic film. I believe the DSLR trend  has played a significant role in for this revolution.

What you should think about to make your video stand out:

  • Content is king: Videographers must work on the content of wedding videos. What content should be there in the finished product becomes important. If it’s a candid picture taking, we can continue capturing it during special occasions. However when it comes to film, you must have an outline prior to wedding starts.
  • Strategy:  This is one of the most important stages for Cinematic Wedding Video as well as wedding itself. Whether you just need photographs or regular videos or creative wedding film – we have to plan beforehand about how we are going to shoot and what exactly are the events that will be covered. It certainly is better to talk to the wedding organizers or you can talk to your friends about the most important events directly, including their timings and just how they carry out.
  • Tools: This determines how your cinematic wedding video is going to appear. We didn’t want to skip the content we wanted for the film. You’re gonna want cool cameras like this.
  • Post edit magic: This is when you’ll need Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or other high end editing tools. You can have amazing footage but it’s in the edit where the magic happens. This is where you can turn ordinary home videos into cinematic films that people pay top dollars for.

Shots that should be included in a wedding video:

Shot 1: Bride-to-be and Bridesmaids getting ready

What’s the feeling of the dressing room? Is everyone tense? Anxious? What they are wearing? So how exactly does it have an impact on the ambiance of the area?

Shot 2: Bridegroom and Groomsmen getting ready

Is the style of location is Stoic? Funny? What’s the feeling between son and his parents? It will be an enjoyable experience to catch an alternative side of Father. Check out what my friendly cinematographer shot:

Shot 3: Excitement about Pre-Ceremony 

Many times this occurs whilst getting ready, it comes right before the wedding ceremony, but there’s always a point where in fact the day truly becomes crucial to the groom and bride, and you may feel it in the air. You cannot predict what will happen any time, but it’s much easier to capture if you are keeping an eye out for the right moment. Talk about it to your wedding videographer.

Shot 4: Marriage ceremony and the Reception

These brief occasions are the most unique to you and your wedding. This is an enjoyable experience to go over particular events, personal touches, and the theme of your wedding.


Here’s a comprehensive list of must shots for a wedding:


That’s a lot of shots, but then again that’s why you pay top dollar for your wedding guy (or gal!) to shoot your wedding.

Why Choose Me as Your Wedding Videographer!

First, its important to have open communication with your camera person. That person has to be truthful and have full disclosure about their services. I’ve shown you above that I do care about your wedding and I am always available to chat!

I charge a base $800 for just the raw footage and the other cool cinematic stuff we can negotiate. No wedding is too big or too small. Even if you have 1,000 guests I can get others to help me out, like my buddies here.

I’m still working on my website, but I do have a blog (follow me!). I’m not just anyone with a camera. I’m actually someone who wants to shoot a kick-ass cinematic wedding video that you can cherish for a lifetime.