Choosing a wedding videographer to capture your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the lead-up to your big day.
It’s not like it used to be when family members would film with their phone or camcorder and put together a video using Windows Movie Maker (or even worse, just upload everything they filmed on YouTube).
Today, there are hundreds of professional videographers out there who specialize in capturing weddings. So how do you find the right one for you? Read this guide, and we’ll help narrow down the field!
There are so many videographers to choose from, and it can be not easy to find the right one for your wedding.
You want someone to put together a video that captures the important moments and emotions you shared with your family and friends on your special day.
The 3 things we’re going to discuss in this photography blog post will help you narrow down the field, saving you time looking at dozens of different options.
Professional Wedding Video Experience
First, make sure you choose someone who specializes in weddings. To start off with, look for somebody that specifically does wedding videography.
There are a ton of different videographers out there, and while some may help you capture your wedding day with good quality equipment, they don’t focus exclusively on weddings which means that their shooting style might not be what you’re looking for.
Experience, quality of their work from previous weddings, communication throughout your planning process (most importantly!), turn around time on the final product – that is, how long it takes them to edit the photos and videos -, their style of work (do they have a signature look or are more versatile?), flexibility with your requirements in terms of packages/add-ons / day-of coverage.
Here’s what you should be asking about before booking: packages / add ons (such as drone footage or multiple cameras), day of coverage (yes/no? For how long?), their style of work (do they have a signature look or are more versatile?), flexibility with your requirements in terms of packages/add-ons / day-of coverage.
A final point to add here is that you should try and find a videographer who has experience shooting weddings in your local area or destination wedding if you’re getting married overseas. Not only will they know the most popular spots for filming, but also which venues are easier to film in and where there are likely any obstacles, such as low lighting.
Wedding Videography Style
Second, find out about their style and previous work to see if it’s what you’re looking for.
After you’ve narrowed your choices to somebody who has experience shooting weddings, the next step is to look at their previous work.
You can do this by looking online or going through some of your favorite wedding blogs and websites, where you might find a link to a videographer’s portfolio page.
What is it that they’re known for? How do their videos look in terms of quality and style? You can usually find this information on a videographer’s website or online portfolio.
While you don’t want to go into great detail about what should be included in a package, it’s important that the videographer has a basic understanding of what you’re after and can work with your coordinator/planner on this front.
For example: Do you need them for just the ceremony? Full-day coverage? Another option is to book them for your ceremony and reception but not the pre-wedding festivities.
It’s also a good idea to find out if they’re familiar with the location where your wedding will be taking place and have shot weddings there before, or at least in similar locations.
You don’t want to hire someone with no experience working outside their hometown!
If you can, try to meet with them in person or talk over the phone to get a sense of their personality and see if you click well.
It’s also a good idea to find out about their style and how much direction they like giving throughout your day. You can even think ahead and start thinking about some standard questions, so you’ll be prepared when you meet with them.
10 Questions to Ask Before Booking A Wedding Videographer
Finally, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with them and ask lots of questions.
- You can start by asking about availability and what will happen on your wedding day – how do they typically work during the ceremony?
- What are their pricing structure and payment methods available (i.e., cash only vs credit card)?
- What are their specific responsibilities for capturing everything throughout the reception?
- How will you be filming my wedding day – do you have a preference for how intimate or involved the bride should be when being filmed on her own?
- What is your preferred editing style – do you prefer to add an artistic twist to footage by adding effects like color correction, slow-motion, etc., or do you prefer a more straightforward approach that doesn’t alter the footage too much?
- Do you want something more fly-on-the-wall, or do you prefer a lot of direction from your videographer throughout the day?
- Do I need to provide any music for my video – if so, what type of music would work best for my video?
- Will there be a time limit on how long it takes me to receive my final product after the event?
- Do they work alone, or do they have a team?
- What kind of equipment will they bring to the wedding, and where will it be during different parts of our day (for example, is there an opportunity for us to get shots separately?)
If, even after this, you’re still unsure of who to hire – go with your gut! At the end of the day, it’s important that you feel comfortable and confident in your videographer for such an important day. And your gut can help narrow down your choices! When all else fails – trust your gut! You’ll know if you get a good feeling from somebody or not.
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