5 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring A Wedding Videographer
When it comes to choosing the right videographer for you, there are many factors that you need to think about. It’s not all about the price. There are many things you need to consider like their style of filming, whether they’ll assert their vision of what your big day should be, whether they’re experienced in filming weddings and special events and whether they include still photography in their portfolio. There are some videographers that don’t even have the knowledge to take still photos and vice versa. Some photographers don’t know how to take video footage. Not only that, but some videographers will be assertive, and use their filmmaking knowledge to try and “make your day special” but in their way. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 5 things you need to know before hiring a wedding videographer.
1. The Expertise
Many good wedding videographers will understand that your wedding day is your most special day. It’s all about you and the love you share with your partner. It isn’t about making a movie, otherwise, they’ll be on studio sets, on locations and creating feature films. Professional wedding videographers will be discreet, you’ll barely notice that they’re there. They know how to capture your wedding day, from all angles, without being noticed.
If your wedding videographer is being assertive, taking over the “narrative” of your wedding day, and dictating where you should be and what you should do, at all times, then they may not have the right expertise and experience for you. They may be a film graduate or a film student who thinks that filming a wedding video is easy, and will try to take over your wedding, to make it into a story. These are the sorts of videographers that you need to stay away from if you don’t want your wedding to become a drama for a film.
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2. The Style Of Filming
Sometimes styles can clash, especially when it comes to themes and genres. For example, you might want to have a boho styled wedding, and if you choose a videographer that specialises in cinematic videos, then it’s obvious your styles will clash. After all, boho styles are more laid back and casual, while cinematic videos can be thrilling and intense. That’s why it’s important you consider what kind of genres and styles your videographer can give you. Make sure that it’s fitting for your wedding’s theme.
While you might be drawn to certain types of films, remember, it needs to complement your wedding. So, if your wedding is a whimsical affair, it won’t be the best backdrop for a hip-hop music video. Be sure you know what theme your wedding is, and what style of music, video and animation works well with that theme. If you don’t know, or you can’t envision it, negotiate with your videographer. They’ll be more than happy to show you their portfolios so that you have an idea of what you could get for your wedding.
3. The Experience
While experience and expertise might sound and seem similar, they couldn’t be further apart. Their expertise is the knowledge videographers should have about their craft. However, their experience can tell you how good they are at it. So, if you’re looking for a videographer, experience is one of the key elements you’re going to want to look at.
Unless you already know your videographer on a personal level, and you want to help them in their career, it’s always a good idea to look for a videographer who’s already well established. They’ve been through so many weddings and special occasions, they know what they need to do, and they won’t bother you as you go through the motions of your Big Day.
Not only that, make sure they have the right connections and team members. If you hire a videographer, who doesn’t have a team with them, then you may contend with lots of cameras on tripods and stands. You might have to wait a while for them to set up many cameras, so they can capture your Big Day from all angles. And even when it comes to editing, make sure that they have good skills in editing, or even have a good team of editors behind them. Otherwise, you might not get the quality you’re looking for.
4. The Price
Of course, price is always a major factor in any deal you make. It is of the utmost importance you know you’re getting the quality you deserve. Always make sure that the services you’re getting aren’t overpriced, or majorly discounted. After all, some videographers might fool you into agreeing to a high price, but the quality of their videos are worse than you imagined. Not only that, if your videographer doesn’t have a portfolio readily available, then you’re either working with an amateur or a conman. Always ask for one, even if their website or social media accounts look amazing.
It isn’t fair to you if you’ve decided to book someone, only to realise that they’re not available on the Big Day, and you can’t even get a refund. Trust reliable sources, like wedding data banks, and even recommendations through magazines. They know what they’re talking about and which videographers are legitimate.
5. The Relationship
The main reason you hire someone is that you can build a good working relationship with them. As videographers, who are capturing your Big Day, you’re going to need someone you can trust; someone who will be able to work quietly in the background, and still be able to record the emotions, the love, and the joy that comes with a wedding day. Building a good relationship with your videographer will help not only you but them as well, to really capture every moment as you remember it.
Good videographers will step into your shoes and look at the right actions and reactions on the day, so you don’t have to. And when all is said and done, the footage they’ve captured will truly record the magic of your wedding day. So, remember to build a good relationship with your videographer, if you want a wedding video you would want to watch it over and over again.