Interviewing Tips for Wedding Videographers To create memorable wedding videos, experienced wedding videographers include interviews of the guests. The responses from the guests and the bride and groom make the wedding video fun to watch instead of making it a boring recording of the wedding and reception ceremonies. However, 'interviewing' guests is a skill in itself that must be mastered before hurling your camera in the face of the guests. This is because some guests might be nervous of the camera and hence won't respond comfortably to the questions. As a skilled videographer, you should get them to talk in a relaxed manner. If they are afraid of the camera, put them at ease to elicit the best responses from them. If you are a first time videographer or have only recently started covering weddings, you might still be improving your guest interviewing skills. You could ask a seasoned videographer to guide you regarding interview tactics. You could also follow these tips to get fun and memorable responses from the guests. Do not use the word interview! The best thing to do when talking to guests is not to start by saying that you will interview them. This will make them feel uneasy. Take this as an opportunity to chat with guests. Introduce yourself by saying, "Hi, I am here to cover Jim and Mary's wedding. I would like you to tell me how the two of them met." Talk to the guests as a friend, not as a cameraman It will not do well if you are pointing camera at the guests because it will remind them that they are being interviewed and the responses might come as fake or stilted. You could ask someone to man the camera while you talk to the guests or if you must be behind the camera, you could ask a friend to talk to the guests. Do not ask the guests to look into the camera. Be confident, smile and make the guests feel that their responses are important and the bride and groom would love to see what they have to say on their wedding so that the guests don't shy away from answering questions. If a guest politely declines any questions, it may be that they are afraid of being on camera or that they might not look good on the camera. Tell them they are looking good on camera and the lighting and hues make for a fantastic shot. Invest in handheld mics In a noisy environment, it will become difficult for you to record the responses of interviewees with camera-mounted mics. Handheld mics work great in such situations.