Hybrid Photo/Video Coverage
Hybrid Photo/Video coverage is when the photographer also captures a little video footage throughout the day as well as still photos. When a couple wants photos and video but it doesn't make sense to hire a separate photographer and a videographer hybrid coverage may be the perfect option. It's perfect if you want short video to supplement your wedding photos.
The primary advantage, of course, is that it's considerably less expensive than booking photo and video separately, not to mention more convenient because you don't have to do twice the shopping, so to speak.
However, it doesn't offer the same depth of coverage that all day, dedicated videography would. Naturally there are times when I need to choose between taking still photos or capturing video. For much of the day there's plenty of time to capture both photos and video footage. Some moments can move very fast, however, and only allow one or the other. In those cases still photos are always my priority. An example would be the first kiss. As it turns out, still photos can be incorporated very nicely into the finished video.
The other primary difference is that hybrid coverage doesn't record sound. The final video is set to music, but the speeches and vows are not recorded. Sometimes a videographer will use these sound clips as a voice over on the final video.
Just to outline some of the advantages and disadvantages when compared with traditional video coverage:
- Lower cost
- Convenient since you don't have to book multiple vendors.
- Consistent storytelling style and look to photos and videos.
- Can incorporate stills into the video as well - stand-alone videographers typically don't.
- Low impact - you don't have a team of paparazzi around you all day.
- Better candid moments (because of lower impact).
- Video coverage is abbreviated/limited. Hybrid coverage doesn't generate hour after hour of raw footage, but rather short clips here and there to give a general feel of the day.
- While large parts of the day can be covered by both stills and video, there are moments that will either be one or the other.
- Video is set to music, but sound is not recorded (speeches, vows).
- Highlights only because clips are being captured here and there between photos, not the entire ceremony or the entire first dance.
As you can see, I'm very upfront about the advantages and disadvantages. I want to make sure that you are extremely happy with your wedding story. If you're looking for complete wedding day videography I'll be happy to just focus on capturing still photography and recommend a great dedicated videographer. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a touch of video to add to the story, something that's great for sharing online or just for your own memories and you want to keep the cost in check hybrid coverage could be perfect.