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Arianna & Greg 3 March 2018


Greg & Arianna Webstinger from Rob@DVI on Vimeo.

Arianna & Greg – 3 March 2018 – Summer Place

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Kobus & Danelle

Kobus & Danelle Web Stinger from Rob@DVI on Vimeo.

This wedding was a festive celebration of the love between Kobus and Danelle.
Their ceremony and reception took place at Avianto where family and friends celebrated
the couple’s commitment to loving each other for eternity.

Kobus & Danelle 21 July 2017

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Umi & Rufaro

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The 8 pros of a long wedding video

Highlights videos for weddings are very popular and while we know that they serve a purpose, we find that couples are often choosing to only have a highlights video and not a long video. We believe that there is immense value in a long wedding video and here is why we suggest that you include it in your videography package:

  1. A long video captures the whole day, not just specific moments. It will give a sense of what the day was like rather than only showcasing a few shots from it.
  2. A long video will include all those small, special moments – like a look or a smile. It is able to capture the subtleties that make your wedding special to you.  Without it, only the big, important moments will be recorded.
  3. A long video showcases all the things you spent months planning – your décor, the design, the bridal party’s look. Those things were what you wanted to make your day special and they also need to feature.
  4. A long video will include more of your bridal party, your family and your guests. They won’t just be in one or two shots; they will be part of the day.  Although your wedding day is about the two of you, it is also about the people you love celebrating with you.  So capture that.
  5. Your wedding day goes by quickly and a long video is your opportunity to relive the entire day afterwards. Just watching moments from it won’t be as effective.
  6. Over the years, you will forget things about your wedding, despite not wanting to. Watching a long video is a way to remember it in full.
  7. A long video captures the vows and the speeches. It records everything you said and was said to you.  Those words are meaningful and you will want to remember them in their entirety.
  8. With good editing, a long video doesn’t just document the day, it makes it enjoyable to watch.

A long wedding video has many advantages and we would urge you to include it in your wedding videography package.  Although a highlights video is popular for being short and emotive, we believe that it is the long video that will have the most value to you in the long run.

Digital Video Images offers a package that includes a 3-minute stinger, a 10-minute highlights video and a long video of your entire day – all of which are professionally edited for you to enjoy.  To find out about this and any of our other packages, contact Rob on admin@dvi.za.org or visit www.digitalvideoimages.co.za


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Documentary vs Cinematic: Wedding filming styles

Couples choosing a videographer to film their wedding are often told to see if they like the videographer’s style.  Although this will differ between videographers, their approach to filming weddings generally falls into one of two categories: Documentary or Cinematic.  But what does this mean for you and your wedding video?


This style documents the day as it unfolds.  The cameraman is situated somewhere in the background and will give you very little instruction in order to capture the shots. With this style, all those small and precious moments are recorded and your video will be a genuine reflection of your wedding day.


This style produces the perfect wedding video.  The cinematic approach gives your wedding video a film-like quality and it is popular due to the emotional impact it has on the viewer.  However, the videographer will need to pre-plan your wedding story and will direct or retake shots to get it just right.  But when you watch it, you will feel like you starred in your own movie.

DVI’s Style

We use a style that sits somewhere in-between.

We approach the filming of the wedding with the documentary style.  We believe that we are there to capture your wedding, not create it.  So, we film it as it unfolds.  While being unobtrusive, we still manage to film some creative shots.

When it comes to editing the video, we use the cinematic approach.  This means we use the same editing techniques of dramatic music, colour and sound grading, transitions, and others.  We believe that your wedding video needs to be interesting to watch.

Utilising a combination of these styles produces a wedding video that is a genuine reflection of your day with the ‘wow’ factor included.

When choosing the style that you would prefer, remember to look at the way the videographer will approach filming your wedding, as well as what you would like for the end product.  One aspect will impact your experience of your wedding day and the other, your memories of it.

If you would like Digital Video Images to film your wedding, contact us on admin@dvi.za.org or visit our website at www.digitalvideoimages.co.zawww.digitalvideoimages.co.za

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Videographers and Photographers: the importance of getting along

An aspect of your wedding that you shouldn’t overlook is whether your videographer and photographer work well together.  Both are there to capture your wedding, so both will be angling for the best possible shots.  It is important that they get along so that they don’t trip over each other in the process.

Why do they need to get along?

A good working relationship between the videographer and photographer will create a respectful environment which will put you, your family, and your guests at ease.  It will allow both parties to get what they need, which in turn will give you what you want – beautiful videos and photos.

What if they don’t get along?

If your videographer and photographer are at odds, it will create tension.  That is certainly not something you want on your wedding day.  The two will spend the day trying to get what they want and the best moments of your wedding day will turn into a tug-of-war between the people who are only there to capture it.

How do I ensure they get along?

  1. Recommendations

If you have picked one and not the other, ask for recommendations of who they like to work with.  Ask for a few, so that you can still vet them and go for the one you like best.  But this way, you can know that they enjoy working together.

  1. Hire Professionals

Videographers and photographers who come with years of experience will have the professional curtesy to find a way to work together.  They will also have the professional knowledge of how to work well with other wedding vendors.  Hiring professionals is a great way to ensure that they act accordingly on the day and produce a good quality product for you to enjoy.

  1. Insist on Communication

Let your videographer and photographer know who the other is before the time.  Ask both to introduce themselves before they start shooting and to discuss how they can work together.  Insisting on open communication from the beginning of the day will ensure a harmonious working relationship between them for the duration of your wedding.

What is it that they need to consider?

Your videographer and photographer need to be considerate of each other throughout the day. They need to remember that they both want the same shots at the same time and it is only by working together that they will achieve what they want.  While the videographer needs to keep in mind that their lighting can negatively affect the photos, a photographer needs to remember that the video camera is further back and he/she might be in the shot.  Keeping this in mind while they work and giving the other the time they need to take the shot will ensure an amazing wedding video and beautiful photos of your wedding.

Don’t overlook the importance of a good working relationship between your videographer and photographer.  You don’t want to have to play referee on your wedding day and following these suggestions will go a long way to ensure that everyone is happy, has fun, and your wedding is captured in a way that you will be happy with.

Digital Video Images are wedding videographers who have nurtured great relationships with wedding photographers over our 20 years in business.  Contact us on admin@dvi.za.org or www.digitalvideoimages.co.za if you would like us to shoot your wedding.

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Will my wedding video turn out well?

Capturing your wedding day on film can only happened once.  There are no do-over and no re-takes.  But what guarantees do you have that your wedding video will turn out well? Following these steps is the best way to ensure you will end up with a wedding video that you will love.

Meet the person behind the camera

Meet your potential videographer before you sign any agreement.  This is a chance for you to get a sense as to whether this is the type of person who puts effort into their work.  In a discussion with them, you will be able to tell if they will do what is necessary to give you what you want.  If you don’t feel sure, then meet another videographer, until you find one that puts you at ease.

Read more: Questions to ask your wedding videographer

Count the hours beforehand

Find out how many hours go into filming your wedding, as well as editing the video.  Different wedding video packages will be allocated different hours and if you are not happy with those hours, you may need to reconsider which package you choose.

Read more: It’s not just about the highlights

Vet their experience

The best way to know if you will be happy with your wedding video is to have a look at the reviews that other couples have written about the videographer that you are considering.  If the majority were happy, then it is likely that you will be happy with the video you will receive.

See it for yourself

Ask your potential videographer if you can watch videos they have produced for other weddings.  Watch videos where the couple took the same package that you are considering.  And watch all the types of videos that are included in your package – a long video, a highlights video or a stinger. No two wedding videos are alike, but a videographer’s previous work will show you whether they can produce a good quality product.

Read more: A guide to wedding video options

Know how much say you have

Find out beforehand how much say you have in the wedding video.  Certain things you can stipulate before the time so that your videographer knows what and what not to shoot at your wedding.  You may want to ask for a certain soundtrack to accompany the video, but keep in mind that certain songs will have copyright restrictions.

When it comes to your wedding video, you want to know that you will love the end product.  After all, it is the thing that keeps the memories of that amazing day alive for years to come.  These steps will go a long way to putting your mind at ease that your wedding video will be as wonderful as your wedding day was for you.

Digital Video Images are videographers with over 20 years of experience in making wedding videos that bridal couples love.  To chat to us about filming your wedding, contact admin@dvi.za.org or visit www.digitalvideoimages.co.za

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6 reasons why I don’t want a wedding video

Not every couple who is getting married wants a wedding video.  After 20 years in the videography business, we have noticed that the below 6 reasons are the ones most often given.  But to make sure you are making the right decision about not having a wedding video, we have offered some thoughts on these objections.

1. The price is not right

Objection: “I don’t want a video because of the cost.  It is so expensive and we just can’t justify spending that amount of money on a video when there are so many other things that need to fit into our wedding budget.”

Our thoughts: With all the hours that go into filming and editing a wedding video, it does make it a costly item.  But you need to weigh up the price versus the sentimental value.  A wedding video allows you to relive a day that goes by so quickly, it is something you can show your children one day, and it is a means of keeping the memories alive years after you would have forgotten them.  A wedding video is a piece of your family history in film.

Read more: To have or not to have a wedding video

2. Photographer vs videographer

Objection: “We feel that photographers and videographers fulfil the same role – to document and record our day.  And while having photos of our wedding is a necessity, having a video is a luxury.”

Our thoughts:  Yes, videographers and photographers do both record your wedding day, but in very different ways.  A photo can never capture the nuances like a video can – it can’t capture the speeches, the vows, or the ambiance.  A video will show you the interaction between yourselves, your family and your guests.  It records your day in a way that a photo can’t.

3. Friends with video benefits

Objection: “I have a friend who has a good camera.  He can record it for us and it won’t cost us anything.”

Our thoughts: This is a way to avoid paying the wedding videographer’s cost.  But be aware that this home video version will be nothing like the quality an experienced videographer will provide, as hours of editing goes into your video to make it look professional and enjoyable to watch.  Another point to consider is that the videographer is at your wedding to work and is constantly positioning him/herself to capture the best shots.  Your friend is also your guest and will probably take a break from recording to enjoy the day – missing important moments.

4. Camera Shy

Objection: “I hate seeing myself in videos, so I won’t watch it anyway.”

Our thoughts: A good videographer will be one that you will hardly notice.  Their fly-on-the-wall style of filming will not make you feel on show, allowing you to act naturally.  Keep in mind that on this day you are looking your best, you are happy, and you are having fun.  That is never awkward to watch.  It will be the best film of yourself that you will ever have.

 5. Avoiding the spotlight

Objection: “Nothing irritates me more than when I’m a guest at a wedding and suddenly there is a camera in my face and I’m told to say a few words about the bridal couple.  I won’t do that to my guests.”

Our thoughts:  Meeting the videographer beforehand and stipulating what you would like and not like can easily avoid those awkward moments that you don’t want for your wedding.

6. The not-so-candid camera

Objection: “Videographers get in the way.  They ruin the setting with their clumsy equipment, bright lights, and cables lying everywhere.”

Our thoughts: Modern video cameras look similar to photography cameras.  The only difference is that a videographer’s camera sits on a tripod.  Good quality cameras allow the videographer to record in low light (avoiding the constant necessity for a spotlight) and many videographers are investing in cordless equipment so that your guests don’t end up tripping over cables.

In our business, we often come across people who regret not having a wedding video.  If you really object to having one, there probably won’t be much we can say to convince you otherwise.  But if you are teetering on the edge, meet with a videographer to discuss your objections.  There will probably be a way to work around it, so that you can have the experience you want.

At Digital Video Images, we like to make bridal couples comfortable about the way their wedding is being filmed.  To discuss the possibility of filming your wedding, contact us on admin@dvi.za.org or visit www.digitalvideoimages.co.za


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How many video cameras do I want at my wedding?

Although video cameras are a lot less cumbersome than they were a few years ago, they do come with tripods and other equipment that can look cluttered.  While you may want every angle of your wedding covered, you don’t want it to look like a film production set.  So what is the best number of cameras to have?

Before the wedding:

The important aspects to cover before the wedding starts are the bride’s preparation and photos, the groom’s preparation and photos, the venue and décor, and the guests’ arrival.  Here, two cameras will suffice.  One for the bride’s preparation and photos and the second to cover all the rest.  The groom’s preparation and photos won’t take nearly as long as the bride’s, so the venue and décor can be covered before filming him, while the guests’ arrival can be covered after.  But at this stage of the wedding process the cameras will be spread out, so even if you had more, you wouldn’t notice.

At the ceremony:

The venue for the ceremony is usually small and intimate and too many cameras could be an eyesore.  The angles that need to be covered here are the bride before walking down the aisle, the procession down the aisle from the front, the groom looking back to see his bride for the first time and the ceremony proceedings.  With one camera situated near the front and another covering the back, all the important aspects of the ceremony will be covered.

In between:

Here, it is important to cover the bridal couple – capturing them coming from the ceremony, the confetti toss, the guests congratulating them, and following them as they go off for photos.  This is then a good time for a second camera to capture the guests mingling.

At the reception:

It is vital that there is a camera focused on the formalities, recording those beautiful speeches.  But it is also lovely to document the bridal couple’s reaction to those speeches and even those of the guests when they are mentioned.  Reception venues are generally large and more cameras won’t be as noticeable, should you not wish to spread the cameramen too thin.

When the party starts:

Well, sometimes it’s best not to record too much of the party part of a wedding celebration.  One brave cameraman getting long-angles and close-ups generally depicts the idea.

Different aspects of your wedding require a different number of cameras and each wedding is completely different from the rest.  One camera will cover the important aspects of your wedding, but may miss a few moments.  It would be like watching a sporting match from only one angle – you won’t catch everything.  Two cameras would certainly give you greater coverage of your wedding, but we would advocate for up to three cameras.

Multiple cameras makes a production interesting by capturing different angles, getting people’s reactions and through combining long-shots and close-ups.  The more angles captured, the more exciting the video production.

To avoid making it look like a film production set, we also utilise Go Pros and other small handheld cameras, which we place in discreet locations.  It is a means of providing a unique viewing experience without drawing attention to the equipment.

Digital Video Images are wedding videographers who pride themselves on capturing your wedding day beautifully without drawing attention to themselves.  To find out more about having your day filmed, email admin@dvi.za.org or visit www.digitalvideoimages.co.za

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To have or not to have a wedding video

As wedding videographers, we obviously advocate for a wedding video, but we understand that this is often a huge consideration for couples getting married.

Couples are often against having a wedding video mainly because of the expense of it.  They feel that a photographer – a necessity – will capture the day while a video is an added luxury and the money could be spent on something else.  Some may feel that they would be self-conscious if filmed or that it is highly unlikely that they would even watch the video more than once.

These are all legitimate concerns, but here are a few reasons why it is a good idea to have a wedding video:

For you

Most couples say that their wedding day went by so quickly and with so much happening, it was a blur.  A video is a great way for a couple to relive their day – slowly this time – taking in all the details.  Imagine seeing those moments that you may not have been part of, such as your spouse getting ready, or what your guests were up to while you were away having your photos taken.  You can listen to those meaningful speeches again or hear yourselves say your vows.  A video captures the nuances of the day in a way that a photograph just can’t.

For the future

After a few years, you won’t remember the specifics of your wedding clearly and a video will be a lovely way to recall your special day.  It is also something you can show to your children.  If you think that they probably won’t be interested, ask yourself if you would have liked to watch a video of when your parents or grandparents got married.  A video is a means of keeping the memory alive for years to come.

For the guests

It is likely that there are people that you love who are living all over the world and not everyone may be able to attend your wedding.  Sending them your wedding video is a great way to make them feel part of the day.  Additionally, a wedding video captures an occasion where the people who are most important to you are all in one place – people who may not be around forever.  A video of them sharing in your happiness will become precious after they have passed away.

With all the expense that comes with having a wedding, a videographer often seems like one way to cut the budget.  But it is important to carefully weigh up the pros and cons before making the decision.  Either way, you need to be certain that you will be happy with your choice and not regret it afterwards.

If you would like to read more about wedding videographers, you may be interested in: How to choose a wedding videographer; Questions to ask your wedding videographer; A guide to wedding videos; The right videographer

Digital Video Images offer a variety of wedding packages to suit your budget.  If you want a wedding video that you will enjoy watching for years to come, contact us on admin@dvi.za.org or visit www.digitalvideoimages.co.za.

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