We get asked more and more about drone (Ariel) footage, and as part of our behind the scenes posts I thought it was good to clear a few misconceptions up. Although we can use a drone its very important that its used to enhance a film. Our story’s are about our couples and we are not keen on venues or status symbols becoming the emphasis.
Ariel shots are used like salt and pepper and are only taken if they can add to the story of your day. We NEVER film when guests are around and we may take footage before or after your day. They are NOT toys and are pieces of equipment we have to have licences for and demand respect.
Most venues have a ‘behind the house’ section which during the day your guests cant see. Normally with ariel footage you can spot unsightly vans, bins, staff etc.
The law means no-one (including uncle Bob) can fly near roads, train lines, over groups of people, in built-up environments, near flight-paths etc and you must always have the land owners permission.
Over the past season we have seen wedding guests fly drones during the wedding and we cant stress enough that this is both illegal and detrimental to your wedding film. Scaring wildlife (including wedding carriage horses) and having guests constantly looking up at the sky (looking for the large buzzing sound) not only looks odd but it takes the emphasis off the time you and your guests should be having together.
Although you can add the ariel footage option to your film we prefer filming the more natural moments and if you feel that your venue is remote and looks good from above then please talk to us. And if ‘Uncle Bob’ turns up with a drone, we ask you to politely remind him that its a wedding, not a toy convention!