How to Choose the Right Wedding Videographer
Your wedding is an event you’ll never forget. It’s sure to be one of the most significant and memorable days of your life, and one you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. However, memories alone aren’t always quite enough, are they? Most people prefer to keep a visual record of such important events, for future remniscence and for sharing with future generations. This is why almost every couple will choose to have a photographer present at their wedding.
Wedding portraits are generally considered essential. However, photographs don’t need to be the only visual record of your big day. Wedding videography has become increasingly popular in recent decades, and offers numerous advantages that complement wedding photography perfectly. While portrait photography can create images of striking beauty, videography can capture the most important moments of your wedding day, so that they can be relived again in future. Your walk up the aisle, for example, or your best man’s speech, will be better recorded on video than in photographs.
So, what do you need to know about wedding videography? Some people choose to take a do-it-yourself approach to wedding videography. However, for most people, the answer to making the perfect wedding video is finding the right videographer. In this week’s blog post, we’d like to offer some tips that will help you choose a videographer that will create the wedding video you want.
Start Your Search Early
Videographers’ services are in demand, especially during peak wedding season. The most talented videographers are likely to be the busiest, so it’s best to start your search as soon as possible. You should begin researching videographers as soon as you start planning your wedding. This way, you can be prepared to make a booking as soon as a date has been set. Once you’ve finalised a date for the big day, waste no time in contacting your preferred videographer to secure their services. As with many things, the early bird gets the worm!
Ask for Recommendations and View Portfolios
So, we know you need to start your research early, but how exactly do you carry out this research? Recommendations are the first step. Perhaps friends or members of your family can recommend a videographer whose services they were happy with. Otherwise, the web is your most useful tool. You should be able to find local videographers easily by searching the web, and feedback about their services will often be available as well.
Once you’ve arrived at a list of possible videographers, the next step is to view their previous work. Remember that at this point, it’s also a matter of taste. Some videographers may be perfectly capable and talented, but their style might not always appeal to you. This is why it’s essential to view portfolios. You may be able to view these online, or request them from the videographer directly. Some videographers may offer highlights of various productions edited together; in this case, you may want to ask to see a single production in full, in order to get the full picture. Under no circumstances should you hire a videographer without seeing their previous work.
Make Sure You Know How Your Videographer Works
While researching potential videographers, or just before making a booking, you should get a clear idea of how your videographer works. This will help you to plan more effectively. You should ask about the type of equipment your videographer uses, bearing in mind that wireless equipment is essential to ensure that your videographer is able to capture the proceedings up close, but without getting in the way. You should also make sure that your videographer has sufficient backup equipment to ensure that there won’t be significant technical problems on the day. You should also consider your videographer’s personality. Are you sure your videographer will be able to work quietly in the background, so as not to distract from the proceedings of the big day? Will your videographer be able to capture you and your guests at your best without making anyone nervous or self-conscious? These are important considerations, and getting to know your videographer will give you important insights into his or her style of working.
Make Sure Your Videographer Does Some Research, Too
Your wedding will involve a great deal of planning on your part, but that doesn’t mean you should do everything! Make sure that your videographer will be making adequate preparations in advance of the big day. This should involve visiting the locations of your ceremony and reception, and coming up with a clear plan of how the video will be shot. Brief your videographer fully on how the ceremony and reception will be organised, and ensure that the plan for shooting the video will fit well with the rest of your plans, as well as capture the footage you want. Make sure that your videographer listens to you and takes note of how you envision your ideal wedding video. The more research your videographer does, and the more you coordinate your plans, the better the final result will be.
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