Most times searching for a wedding videographer is left until the very end and at that point a cousin, friend or an uncle may simply visit the nearest and often cheapest videographer and hire him. This is why in 99% of the cases the videos are awful, so awful that even you wouldn’t want to watch them.
If you want to remember your wedding in vivid detail decades from today it is worth investing in a wedding videographer who knows what he is doing. Below are 5 things you should look at before choosing a videographer.
Wedding videographer styles
The shooting style of a videographer should match what you envision how your wedding video will be. Generally, there are two main styles i.e. cinematic and documentary. Many times documentary is simply just the videographer recording without really thinking much about who they are recording, who they should emphasize on and with no style in mind. Cinematic videographers are often more artistic. However, many times a cinematic wedding video is under an hour long because it just features the most exciting and stylized shots with some good music. While no one style is right or wrong, it really all depends on what you want. Often times you can settle for a mix between cinematic and documentary style videography. This means that the video is long enough so that you can see everyone you love in it but also contains the best parts of your wedding.
Check out their samples
It goes without saying that you should know the quality of the wedding videographer you’re about to hire. Make sure to take a look at some of the wedding videos they have done for other people. Watch a few minutes of each sample video to get a sense of the videographer’s style.
Reflect the theme and style of the wedding
The video needs to be in sync with the feel and style of the wedding. Many videographers simply hit the ‘record’ button and forget about everything else. While many people can record video and capture professional level images only a few can really select the right clips and then arrange them so that you get a feel for the theme and style of the wedding. It also takes a real professional to include the right music that fits in with the overall theme of the video.
Many videographers simply sell their skills by stating that they have the best equipment that money can buy. Unfortunately, equipment cannot make up for experience and talent. Yes, the videographer you hire should be able to shoot in 1080p or full HD as it called but in addition they should have the talent to frame the shots they take professionally. If you see a company selling their services based on the equipment they procure it is best to walk away. You should be able to get a good sense of their equipment by simply watching their sample videos.
The wedding videographer you hire should be flexible. Weddings are not always on schedule and things do not always work as planned. So the videographer needs to understand this and be willing to hold on a few extra hours to ensure that your wedding is well covered.
Hiring a wedding videographer can be a bit tricky sometimes. But taking the time out to hire someone who is really good at what they do means that your special moments will be captured the way you want forever.
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