How To Hire A Wedding Videographer
THE BENEFITS OF HIRING a WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER
Many brides fail to see the benefits of hiring a professional wedding videographer for their special day. A professional wedding videographer will capture the sound, motion and EMOTION of all the guests attending your wedding. We all know that wedding photography is a must have and many brides spend big money on their wedding photographer. An equal importance should be placed on the wedding videographer as well.
THE SAD FACT:
Sadly, wedding videography and the wedding videographer are often un-justly pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Often, it’s the misconception of what role the videographer and wedding video will play in the overall scheme of things, that has many brides thinking of video as a low priority. Compound this with the added insult that many professional event planners actually recommend to their brides against hiring a professional wedding videographer. One SF Bay Area wedding coordinator recently went on live broadcast television and advised brides against hiring a professional wedding videographer. She tells brides to save their money and have a family friend to do the filming. This is equivalent to a wedding videographer telling a bride to not hire a wedding planning and just have your friend help you plan your wedding.
Our goal with this page is to try and get brides who are sitting on the fence with regard to videography, to reconsider. We will do this by relating stories we have received from brides who regretfully did not hire a videographer, as well as the happy brides who did! We are thankful that they changed their minds! CLICK HERE to watch a video of a couple who regret not hiring a wedding videographer.
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SEE THE WORK:
When a bride is given the opportunity to view a truly professional wedding video, this is often enough for them to change their minds. More often than not, it is the amateurish, home video that they have seen and may be the reason for leading them to believe they do not want a wedding video. The reality is, a professionally produced wedding video is a beautiful thing and often reflects the day as it was. Moreover, it is an opportunity for the bride to see the things that she missed or couldn’t have possibly seen..such as parents being seated, or the ceremony processional. Wedding Photography is great! But having a photographer doesn’t negate having a videographer. They are two totally different artforms, telling an entirely different side of the story.
Make sure to read our wedding tips on choosing your Wedding Videographer.
When it comes to videography, the most common thing we hear is that it is out of the budget. This is true if we take into account our budget theory detailed on our budget page. The bottom line is, if the videography is not important to you then yes, it will be out of your budget. However, if it were at the top of your list, and you wanted a really great video, then you would find the budget within your overall wedding budget to be able to hire a videographer. It really hinges on the fact of how important it is to you!
WHAT TO AVOID:
It is important to choose a videographer who will work well within the given parameters of your wedding. First and foremost is the lighting. If you are having a gorgeous, formal candle lit dinner, the last thing you want is a videographer who uses 1000 watt lights mounted on huge stands that stick out like an eyesore. These “10′ o’clock news” videographers often use bright lights in guests faces, light up the dance floor and often ask guests to speak directly into the camera offering best wishes to the couple. This style has been heavily frowned upon, but is still prevalent among lower end vendors today.
Another important factor is how well your videographer will work with you photographer. Most brides will agree that photography is paramount. Therefore, if your photographer offers a professional videography service, then it’s recommended to go with that. If your photographer offers video, but not as professional as you would like, seek out a videographer who is open minded about giving your photographer as much room to work as he or she needs.
A good videographer will be your eyes and ears for the things you are not seeing and hearing.
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If you plan on having a wedding videographer, make sure that the videographer understands your photographer’s workflow. A meeting or teleconference between the photographer and videographer may be necessary to ensure that both services work in concert with one another. Many photographers offer videography as well. This might be a good choice, but don’t just hire the videographer your photographer is recommending without seeing the work. Check to ensure that the videography is the real deal, and not just something the photographer offers on the side. The best way to find this out is to see demos, talk to the actual videographer that will be doing the filming and so...
1. I can’t afford it. It’s simply not in my budget! We hear this reason often, especially from brides who have already hired us for photography. When asked about videography, they simply do not want one..they are not ‘video people’ as they put it. And nothing can change their mind…next. 2. I have family and friends who will be taking video so I don’t need to hire a videographer. Home video is great! So are still photos taken by family and friends. But would you trust your wedding photography to an amatuer? For this same reason, you would not want to trust something as important as your video to an amateur. Moreover, with family and friends taking video, often what you end up with is an incomplete program, shot handheld, very shaky with absolutely no editing. This is far from what a true professional videographer will offer you. 3. I’m spending a lot on my photos on a really good photographer so I don’t need a video. Photography and videography are two totally separate art forms and industries. One does not negate the other. What the photography doesn’t have is the sound and the motion. Let us give you one example. You have living grandparents that are coming to your wedding. In the future, when they pass on, would you rather stare at a picture, or see them move and hear them talk on a video? 4. I will just get a cheap videographer because I am spending so much on my photography! You have to be really careful on this one! Many brides do not fully understand the impact a low level videographer can have on your wedding and on your wedding photography. If you get a low level videographer who interferes with your photographer with their unprofessionalism, bright lights and overall intrusiveness, then you are actually hurting yourself. If you do decide on video, make sure to get a vendor that matches the overall professionalism of all your vendors including the photographer. Don’t get a videographer who will shine bright lights and stick a microphone in your guests putting them on the spot. 5. We are not video people and/or we don’t want to see ourselves on video and/or we don’t watch alot of television. It really comes down to seeing all of your hard work on the big screen. A good videographer will get a great mix of shots, guests and the decorations. The video will not be a 90 minute close up of just the couple. And, with the proper pre planning with your videographer you can minimize that shots you don’t want. For instance, if you are only doing one camera for the ceremony, have the videographer shoot it from the audience view to get an overall feel of the ceremony. Do not shoot it in front so that all you see in your ceremony is a close up of your faces. Instruct your videographer that your goal is to see all our family and friends on the video, not just yourselves. Here are some helpful reasons to reconsider hiring a professional videographer. The video will be your eyes and ears for things you won’t see! How would you like to see your processional? How about being able to see the grooms reaction as...