Since a wedding will be the most important day in a couple’s life, it is critical that you capture it on video. This will allow both you and your fiancé to appreciate this precious moment many years down the road. However, finding a professional videographer that is right for you is something that can prove challenging, especially if you don’t have the connections that most wedding planners have. Below, we are going to provide you with some tips for choosing a great local videographer, as well as some ideas on how to make great wedding videos.
Who Will Be Recording?
This is a VERY important question that you should ask when approaching a videography service for your wedding. The reason why is because you actually want to speak with the person who is going to be doing the recording. This will allow you to feel them out and come up with a final conclusion as to whether or not they are suitable for the position. Because of this, always make sure that you speak with them early on in the planning process to ensure that you have enough time to make the proper decision.
If you do get a chance to speak with the person who is recording, ask them what kind of cameras they are going to use. Also determine whether or not there is going to be second person recording who is going to capture different angles for specific shots. Depending on how in-depth you and your fiancé would like the wedding covered you may opt to go with two videographers instead of one. This would allow you to capture those precious moments for better angles and ultimately, have the best final copy possible.
For those who want something fabulous, but non traditional, Salt Lake City based Christopher Robert produced a fantastic, edgy, NON wedding video that can be seen below.
Editing and Formats
No matter how good a videographer is, he or she will probably need to do a little editing on the film to ensure that it is up to your standards. However, do keep in mind that most of the time it will be someone else editing the film and not the person recording. Make sure that you speak with that person. Ask them what kind of software they use and whether or not they are proficient in it. If possible, have them demonstrate their abilities or show you examples of previous work.
Also inquire about whether or not you can get your wedding in DVD format. These days, almost every video recording company out there should have the ability to do this. VHS tape formats have totally disappeared so you’ll definitely want to invest in a format that can be widely used in the future. Speak with the owner of the service and ask them how much it would cost to have the wedding transferred onto DVD and how many you would receive in the package deal.
For an example of an absolutely beautiful, traditional style video that exudes class, check out this masterpiece from Jason Magbanua.
Samples, Services, and Special Effects
You should always ask to see video samples of actual weddings that the videographer has done before. This will allow you to get a solid feel of how they’ve performed in the past as well as help you determine whether or not they are a good match. Some videographers will send out their demos to provide you with this knowledge. Others will have you set up an appointment so that they can show you. But by far the easiest way to see samples is to visit their website, which will usually contain small segments of work that they have done in the past.
Finally, ask about any additional services or special effects that could be offered. Ask them what makes them so different from other videographers and see if they are capable of producing different video styles for different events. Also keep in mind that professionalism is a big factor to take into consideration before making the hire…the last thing you want is having a videographer acting obnoxiously at your wedding! However, if you follow the tips above you should have no trouble hiring one with a proven track record.
If you are leaning more toward a fun filled experience conveyed by your wedding video, you cannot get much better than this video produced by Jochy Fersobe…turn up the volume and enjoy!
Is there anything we may have missed when looking for a quality wedding videographer? Did you ask questions not listed above, or do you have a Great/Terrible experience with your own videographer that you would like to share? Post away and let us know!