Why 1 Photographer & Videographer Isn’t Enough For Your Event

When researching photography packages for your event, whether it’s for a debut, wedding, birthday, or corporate event, often, a studio will provide you with several options. Sometimes they will give different packages that range below.

These numbers range and the shooters they provide can be adjusted according to your budget. But what’s the science behind this? Are these studios just trying to charge you more money?


The Formula For A Successful Shoot

Most studios already have a tried and tested formula for the recommended amount of shooters to get the most value for your money. 

Scenario A: 8-10 hour wedding, 100 pax, Photography & Videography Package 

For an event of this size, it is recommended to have at least:

Scenario A: 4-hour event, 80 pax, Corporate Event, Photography Package

For an occasion like this: 

The Logic

Every photographer/videographer has their own part to play in the event. In a team of 2, 1 could be the main camera shooter, 2nd camera shooter, and 3rd is the Creative Camera Shooter.

  1. Main Camera shooter – they focus on capturing the whole event
  2. 2nd Camera shooter – they are the 2nd angle and their focal point is capturing the reaction shots and establishing shots 
  3. Creative Camera shooter – they move around as “stabilizers” to assist in getting creative shots. 

The work can also be done faster when there are more shooters on the team. This helps the client get the best footage and the team is able to do their job better in providing the best images and films. 

Everyone gets a chance to be in front of the camera

With so many in attendance, everyone will want a chance to be in front of the camera. Picture an award ceremony.

There are guests, speakers, hosts, and all the people involved on this special day for the company and winners. With enough photographers roaming the hall, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to be captured. And this is not just for events. This applies to so many occasions.

  1. An engaged couple looking at wedding photography and videography packages in the Philippines? 
  2. An event organizer canvassing for event videographers to shoot your next corporate activity
  3. A marketer looking for a commercial video production service, budget and 
  4. A mom/dad looking forward to their daughter’s long-awaited debut to be done in a hotel in Manila 

More raw footage for editing use

The studio you choose wants you and your event to look great. This includes a selective culling and post-production process. 

More shooters at the event = more cameras = more raw footage

At Sugar & Tea Philippines, Photography | Videography, we aim to provide our editors with as many clips to choose from and create the best possible photo album and video highlight/documentary which is why we provide our client’s different packages explaining the number of shooters that align with their budget. 

Location. Location. Location

With different shooters going around and capturing videos, the editor will have the best angles to choose from during the post-production process.

For example, 1 videographer shot from near the stage, and another videographer took shot the same scene from a different area, depending on the flow of the video, these shoots have the best 

Sometimes even drone videography is involved and here, the location of the videographer is key to getting some great shots. 

In Conclusion

There’s a reason photography & videography services in Manila have different packages and recommendations for the number of men and women behind the camera.

Similar to spreading butter on toast. More butter = more flavor. But when spread too thin, sometimes the taste is affected and not as delicious as we want it to be. But too much is also not a good thing.

At Sugar & Tea Philippines, Photography | Videography, we have different rates and suggestions for different events – weddings, real estate, birthdays, debuts, and corporate shoots.

Our team is here to provide guidance to get the best results you need for your event, or if budget constraints are an issue, how to receive the most value for your money.

Message us now for a free quote

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3 Reasons Why You Need A Videographer

If you have a corporate event approaching, it’s crucial you get the best videographers in Manila. Corporate videos are a reflection of your brand, culture, and a great way to get people excited about who you are and what you do. 

1. A professional videographer will know how to blend in the background

A skillful videographer knows how to stay out of the way. They can blend in seamlessly and capture the action in its most authentic way.  Also, if your event is being live-streamed, the last thing you need is an unprofessional videographer obstructing the live events. 

At Sugar & Tea Philippines | Photography & Videography, we know how to film special events without interrupting or impeding the flow of the program.

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2. A world class studio know how to edit perfectly

Beyond just shooting footage, a videographer needs to know how to edit and mix the best part of each event, adding graphics, music, and any subtle effects to make your video stand out. 

 A lot of skill, experience, and credibility is needed in the editing process to capture your event’s energy and fine detail. 

Our team has worked with local and international brands for their post-production edits.

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3. Event legacy

The film your videographer shoots can be used in all types of marketing channels. From your company website, social media, brochures, flyers, product releases, and beyond. 

This is why it’s important to work with a studio that understands your vision, branding, and how they can add value to the business by capturing the type of video you need. 

Finding a Professional Videographer in Metro Manila 

If you’re looking for professional event photography, videography, and editing team, Sugar & Tea Philippines is here to help. Our talented crew has experts in each area of video production. From editing, shooting, video production, and everything in between.

Contact Us for a free estimate today. 

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Tips for Corporate Event Photography Success

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After spending countless hours, weeks, or even months to prepare for your corporate event. You’ve chosen the perfect host, the ideal venue, decorated the table and chairs, and the caterer is ready to serve your clients and guests. 

After all this hard work, not opting for a professional corporate event photographer and/or videographer would be a great disservice to you and your event. 

Why an Event Photographer?

Photographers often narrow down their talent and choose a niche or two to focus their shoots. For example, a wedding photographer is ideal for debuts, birthdays and family events. 

Event Photographers understand how to shoot and have the eye for marketing, branding, and corporate shoots. By narrowing down to a specific studio’s specialty, they are better able to execute the look and feel of your event and what you need to accomplish.

Below are some tips to consider before hiring your Event Photographer to make sure everything is smooth sailing as much as possible. 

Understand Your Vision

What mood are you looking to create? Picture your vision ahead of time, and share these with your photographer. If you have a list of pegs, show some photos, videos, and samples you would like your photographer to be able to capture and create something similar. 

A true professional, like our team here at Sugar & Tea will understand which angles to look for, what moments are worth capturing, and will work your vision into each photo and/or video.

Styles of Event Photography

Just like how weddings or debuts have different styles (some couples prefer traditional, others opt for designs with a modern flair, some women like to go all out with florals), Event Photography has a variety of styles when describing your vision to a professional. 

  1.  Candid: These capture your guests in the most natural setting. Our photographer blends into the background, shooting and capturing smiles and enjoying the event and may not even be aware that their picture is being taken. The lowest form of pressure and can capture the genuine smile of your attendants
  2. Photojournalism: Just like a comic strip or book, our photographer will capture the day as the event unfolds. We’ll be here to tell your story. This is the best option for the blog of an event, a presentation, or a newspaper,
  3. Conceptual: What is your peg? What theme, emotion, symbol or idea do you want to go for? The Event Photographer will work around this concept and this style is perfect for marketing and advertising content.
  4. Portrait: Remember those paintings of great leaders you’d see in castles and museums? This is just that, as the photographer uses dramatic lighting, backdrops, and powerful poses to perfectly evoke the style and personality of the subject.
  5. Fashion: Fashion photographers are experts at capturing movement. Their eye for style, design, and getting the timing right to capture the perfect movement produce photos great for keeping in touch with guests post events. The bonus part is that they’re on point to put on your social media feed!

Do Your Research

When you’ve decided on what kind of photography style you like, it’s time to pull out our trusty old friend, Google! Start simple by searching for photographers around your area. Not only will you help support locals, there’s a high chance that the photographer you hire may have photographed your vune during a previous event.

Now, as much as our old pal over here is great on the phone, talk to your pals that are right beside you! Ask your friends and family about anyone they could recommend to do the job. This also helps you because they may have worked with amazing photographers who give great outcomes to previous event planners.

If you want to be extremely specific and want to look at a specific range of photographers, you can also check out photography associations who feature professionals that specialize in your chosen photography style.

Review Your Photographer’s Work

As far as Google and word-of-mouth recommendations go, it’s extremely important to see the results. Most photographers have a website or online portfolio ready for everyone’s viewing. Check all their photos and collections to see if their vision lines up with yours and if you feel that it would be a perfect fit for your event.

Read reviews on Google, their website, Facebook, Instagram, anywhere and everywhere they’ve been featured. A lot can be said about someone’s work and work ethic by what’s said about them from an outside perspective.

Reach out to the references and ask questions about what working with the photographer was like. How were they dealing with the pressure of changes made throughout the day? Were they open to expressing your vision or did they want to stick to what they knew? Were they dressed well and kind to guests?

All of this lands a huge impression on both you and your guests, regardless of what kind of event you’re hosting.

Ask the Right Questions

Apart from asking about price, it’s important to note the specific skills your photographer has. The more you know about their style and ethics, the better assessment you’ll make about whether or not this photographer is right for you.

Here are a few questions you might want to ask:

Summing Up

When getting the most out of your event photographer, ensure your vision and expectations about what you need are clear and concise. Provide the detailed event itinerary and a vision board about the outcome you expect from them.

Your organization and preparedness plays a big role in getting at least 50% of the work, because once everything is listed on your end, the rest really is all up to the photographer. You help ensure that the photographer captures every single moment you want to document and what you feel would define your event and set it apart from everyone else.