Having over 38 years as a wedding videographer, I've come to learn a a lot of things about the wedding videography industry.
This information will help you decide who to trust to capture your priceless memories, and deliver a product that you will be proud to show.
Number one on my list goes to credibility . You want to entrust your event to someone who is professional. So what does it men to be a professional?
To be a professional is a dedicated individual who presents himself/herself to be an accountable person who displays high levels of expertise and efficiency. Working and behaving in such as way that others think of them as competent, respectable, and reliable. This means operating with proper licenses, professional equipment/with back-up, and experience in knowing how to be prepared for your Wedding. This includes also giving you an agreed contract, and pre-planned wedding shot sheet with time-line coordinated with all people involved.
Proper training is also important in the definition of being professional with accredited training, with proven success.
Questions to ask when interviewing videographers
How many years experience do you have videoing weddings? While this might seem like the an obvious question.... the word weddings becomes the key . Many videographers work in various industries like real estate, marketing, and TV broadcast. While these professions are proficient in their given industries, you want a wedding videographer specialist.
Weddings are a speciality, and as such requires a different skillset than other industries.
What will you receive for your final memory?
Be on the same page as what you will receive and how long it will take for you to get it.
A nice memory would include a condensed recap that you could stream on-line, as well as on your home TV. These include all the effects your videographer can impress you with like slow motion, black and white, transitions, creative audio editing etc...
A nice memory would include a condensed recap that you could stream on-line, as well ason your home TV. These include all the effects your videographer can impress you with like slow motion, black and white, transitions, creative audio editing etc....
DVDs are being phased out... so your final product should be delivered on a secure solid state device as well as DVD.
The big point is SEE A SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU WILL COME TO EXPECT
If you see sample and you don't care for it.... don't try to change your videographers style-find a videographer who matches your style-not there's.
Make sure your videographer who is selling your video is the same person shooting and editing it.
Many videographers sub-contract shooters, and editors, and this is where you loose the personal care in someone shooting and editing your wedding personally. Your video will be crafted specifically for you, and not a cookie cutter assembly line approach.
Final question...what do you charge, and do they offer packages?
In life the old adage applies to most very industry-what you pay for is what you get.
Now it's not always true especially now in a time of covid when people are not having big weddings, and big budgets ...there are certain levels videographers need to get in order to justify their time and equipment expense to produce your video.
Wedding videography is a passion for many videographers-this is what you should seek out.
If you have any questions on wedding videos.... Feel free to contact me.
Thank you for reading my tips! Hope it helps you.