The wedding video is one of the most important keepsakes from your wedding day. You will watch it over and over, hundreds of times, to relive those moments you loved the most. You will show it to family and friends, share it on Facebook and maybe even pass it on to your kids later in life. This is why it’s so important to pick the wedding videographer that is perfect for you, and we have some tips to help you.
The most important thing to consider when picking your videographer is their level of expertise and experience. You want to find someone who is passionate about filming weddings and has the professional ability to film the day perfectly.
When trying to find a videographer, ask for references from the photographer you have chosen. This will ensure that they are capable of working together on the day and it will also point you in the direction of someone with a well established name in the business.
Ask potential vendors what types of things they film. If their main subject is weddings, there is a good chance they will be very experienced. However if the focus of their company is other subjects like documentaries, then they are most likely just filming weddings to pay the bills. A videographer lacking passion for wedding filming will not produce high quality film of your day.
When you find someone, meet up with them face to face and ask to see a full length video of one of the weddings they have shot. Look for things like smooth camera handling and professional editing techniques. Listen for sound quality and look to see if the people in the video look too manufactured. This sample video will give you the best idea of your videographer’s experience, and if it isn’t up to scratch, say no and find a new one.
Make sure you ask what type of equipment will be used to film and to edit. Cameras should shoot in HD at least, but 4K and UHD will provide the best quality video. Experienced videographers will use wireless mics to capture the audio, rather than relying on inbuilt camera mics. Finally, make sure to ask what editing program will be used. Programs like iMovie and Movie Maker are not of a professional standard.
On the day
Before you sign that contract, it is important to have a discussion about processes on the day of the wedding. Obviously, you will need to work with the videographer to get all the best shots, but you also don’t want them to be too intrusive and take over the day.
There should be a minimum of two cameras filming to capture different angles of the same moment. The more angles, the better the editing, so this is really not negotiable.
Discuss what points of the day you want filmed. The standard wedding scenes like the ceremony and the first dance are given, but other moments like greeting family and friends or the cocktail hour are not always filmed, so discuss this with you vendor to get all the shots you want.
Different videographers have different production styles. You wedding video could be cinematic or like a documentary. It’s important to ask your videographer what their style is, and match it with yours.
The length of your movie will be dependent on your contract and how much you are willing to pay. You can request to receive more than one edited film in your package, so you can have a short ‘highlights’ version to show friends and a longer more detailed video of the day for yourself. Be clear about what you want before signing the contract.
Editing takes time. Some videographers will take 8 weeks to edit while other could take closer to a year. On average they will spend 15-60 hours editing your video. Ask your videographer how long the edit will take, and if it will take longer than you would like, ask for a short highlights film to be delivered earlier.
It is very important to have a detailed and thorough contract between you and your videographer before the day. It should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you'll have, an itemised list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), nitty-gritty logistical details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it's not outlined in the contract, don't assume you're going to get it.
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