How to Share Photographing Duties With a Videographer

Photographers occupy a unique space in the artistic community. We tend to have more paid opportunities than a lot of musicians and painters, and these paid opportunities tend to be less soul crushing than those that other creative individuals would have to put themselves through. Hence, we tend to be rather protective of our territory and are often chagrined when we have to share our duties with someone else.

Unfortunately, in the world of photography, there are going to be several instances where you would have to work alongside another person with a camera in their hands. This is because videographers are often hired separately, and you two would have to work together to handle the task at hand in the best way possible. Since we are talking about a creative clash between two highly territorial artists, things can get pretty hairy. Luckily, there are ways for you two to work together without being at each other’s throats the whole time. Read on to get some tips on how to make this cooperation as easy as possible.


Whether you like it or not, you are going to be working with the videographer for a significant period of time. If you want this period of time to be as productive as possible for the both of you, it is important that you open a line of communication.

One thing is for certain, neither of you is going to be all that eager to start introductions off. However, it is absolutely imperative that introductions actually occur, so it might as well be you that takes this all important first step.

Try to be as cordial as possible. Start off with your name, tell them you’re the photographer, mention how the two of you would be working together. Who knows, if you are friendly enough the two of you might become friends. After all, you are both in similar fields, so there is base for you to build on.

Exchange Ideas

As an artist, planning is one of the most important aspects of your creative process. Hence, while you may be unwilling to change things up for somebody else, you need to realize that the other person is just as ardent about their creative process as well. Hence, the two of you need to exchange ideas, decide on an aesthetic and then follow it. You can meet halfway and create a game plan that would be suitable for everyone involved.

Decide on Your Turfs

Just because you have to work together does not mean you have to be close to each other at all times. You can just set aside space for each other according to your needs! For example, you can take pictures of the guests on one side while the videographer focuses on the food for a little while. This way you won’t be getting in each other’s way, and each of you would be able to work according to your preferences.

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