WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A DRONE AT YOUR WEDDING
Today, with the explosion of drone photography, having an aerial view can add an extra wow factor to your wedding video. It can capture views and moments from the sky, and add incredible perspective. However, as drone photography is an emerging field, there is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a drone videographer for your wedding. Here are some important questions to consider before choosing a drone for your wedding.
CAN YOU FILM THE DRONE FOR YOURSELF?
Can you film the drone wedding videos yourself? Some people have a family member or friend who is a drone enthusiast who is adamant that they can do the drone video recordings for the wedding. “Don’t pay for a drone! I’ll take care of it,” they say, coaxing you to let them bring their playtoy to the wedding. While this might be tempting to save on cost, it comes with a lot of problems. For starters, amateur drone video does not match the tone and feel of having a team of professional videographers. It will be a noticeable change from the rest of the filming if recorded by an amateur. And if something does go wrong, your family or friend member is liable.
ARE THE VIDEOGRAPHERS TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED WITH DRONES?
Drones are mini-helicopters with cameras, so if the drone operator isn't a properly trained professional, you risk having any number of accidents on your hands (just want you don’t need, especially not on your wedding day). Having an experienced videographer who has used drones can make a big difference. The setup, the filming and the troubleshooting that comes with drones are easier handled when the person is a professional. .
WILL THE DRONE WORK IN THE LOCATION OF YOUR WEDDNG?
Drones are pretty resilient, but they're still electronic devices. They often won’t work in very hot or icy conditions, due to the battery overheating or overcooling. They also cannot fly in heavy rain or high winds over 25 miles per hour. On top of these considerations, there can be zoning restrictions. The FAA has strict rules about the locations that are restricted, as well the height at which they can fly. While almost all wedding venues will permit some drone usage, many have strict rules about it. Hotels and public venues can be more restrictive about the use of flying photography on their property. Also, a drone can’t fly within 5 miles of an airport.
DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT LICENSES?
It’s true that anybody can buy and fly a drone. However, commercial drone operators (such as wedding videographers and photographers) must be licensed. The FAA recently created a new test specifically for drone operators, that says they must be re-tested every two years. As well as this, drones must be registered with the FAA before flying.
IS THE DRONE FEE INCLUDED?
This is a critical question to ask your videographer as often the costs of drone photography are not included. If they mention that they can include a drone for the day, make sure that cost is part of the initial fee. Ask ‘what’s the added cost of the drone?’ before you agree, otherwise you might be in for a surprise.
DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL VIDEOGRAPHERS TO SUPPORT THE DRONE SHOTS?
IDespite the grand sweeping shots they can produce, a drone cannot record audio or close-ups. You also can’t fly over or near guests due to FAA regulations. Besides this, they can be loud and intrusive. For this reason, you need actual videographers to capture the up-close moments that make for lasting memories. Consider the drone footage as a supplemental video recording, but not a replacement for it.
DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Our team of experienced drone operators and videographers are always available to answer any specific questions for your wedding day. Feel free to reach out with questions and let us see how we can help to make your wedding day memories last a lifetime.
Yours Truly Media are experienced videographers in drone wedding photography and videography. They are licensed by the FAA, and insured for your protection. Each of our teams are trained to work together to help you capture, preserve and relive your special day.