First of all CONGRATULATIONS, you're engaged!! There are so many videographers out there so how on earth do you pick one? I'm here to help!
Are you passionate about capturing the true essence of your day? The romance? The laughter? The emotion? The guest perspective? Is it romantic? Is it chilled? Is it one big party? Finding the perfect videographer for your wedding is not easy. You need to find a videographer that matches the style you are looking for. And even matches your personality.
Generally speaking videographers are booked 6 months to one year out. Narrowing down a videographer can be tough. There are so many creative, talented individuals in this industry and a huge amount of potential videographers to choose from. My advice is to get in as early as you can. Diaries fill up very fast, and a couple of years in advance in most cases. Don't leave it too late and be disappointed.
Likely, you have already read an article or two from wedding publications such as ‘The Knot’. I have seen some brilliant articles around videography but unfortunately a lot of articles I have seen are solely geared to saving as much money as possible while planning a wedding and clearly did not value videography as an art or as an important piece of your wedding day. While I know how important it is to save money when planning a wedding I believe you get what you pay for.
When you hire an experienced wedding videographer, you aren’t just paying someone to be a warm body to hold a camera. You are paying for the experience. Their experience shooting weddings and THE overall experience from start to finish. Your wedding day is going to be filled with amazing moments, emotions, and don’t forget those little imperfect moments too….. one of those imperfect moments should NOT be worrying about your wedding videographer.
Here are some tips to help you find the perfect videographer for your wedding:
Have a really good idea of the style that you like. This will help you narrow down the selection of videographers. I see a lot of videographers, with great big cameras on their shoulder, carrying around a large amount of gear with them all day, following the couple around constantly, and getting in their faces. No-one likes having a camera shoved in their face leaving you feeling awkward, intimidated or uncomfortable. I know from experience that some couple’s have chosen not to get a videographer because they don’t like the idea of being filmed.
I find that big bulky, heavy equipment can not only be intimidating and get in the way but also can slow a Wedding Videographer down and draw attention to themselves. My style is to be as discreet and as unobtrusive as possible. I want to blend into the background of your wedding and go unnoticed. Most importantly, I want to respect the environment of a Wedding for my couple and their guests, so I have a discreet and unobtrusive filming style. I don't use big, heavy, ugly pieces of equipment such as big camcorders, sliders, gimbals, drones or even tripods. - By stripping back to just the camera, it gives me more time to document the day creatively.
One comment a couple I worked with said to me something that I will never forget. They said that their guests told them after the wedding that they didn’t even realise that they had a videographer at the wedding! Just think about that for a moment! I managed to film the entire day, with multiple cameras and multiple angles, from the morning preparations to the late night dancing, without even being noticed. This is why even the most camera shy couples should still get a wedding videographer!
Do you prefer a documentary feel where the videographer goes unnoticed with no posing? Or is a candid style that captures the big emotions and little details to tell the story of the entire day your preference? Are you looking for someone who is going to unnaturally pose each shot, interrupting the natural moments from happening or someone who is going to go with the flow? All these things are important. But how do you find out what a videographer is going to be like? - This is where you need to get to know your videographer. Find out what their personality is like. Do you click? Can you imagine this person at your wedding? This is why I always recommend meeting videographers in person or at least on the phone before you book anyone. Don’t just settle for email exchanges, get to know your videographer as well as you can.. which brings me onto number 2...
2. Get to know your videographer.
Do your personalities mesh well? Your videographer is going to spend most of the day with you, your family and your friends…. make sure you are happy in their presence. Just because your family feels obligated to use the local videographer you have known since you were a child…. doesn’t mean you need to. It’s your wedding day. Pick someone who’s work you are drawn to. Pick someone who’s work you love so much, that you can’t imagine wanting anyone else. I love getting to know each of my clients as much as possible. Thats why I always recommend getting on the phone, meeting in person as many times as you want in the lead up to the wedding. — doing this not only makes you super comfortable around your videographer but also it creates great rapport which is actually important when creating video filled with REAL emotion. When you watch your films back I want you to feel something.
Backup equipment is crucial. PLEASE ask your videographer if they shoot with backup equipment. You don’t want them showing up to shoot your day with only one of everything! What if something breaks, fails or the camera falls to the ground before the ceremony has started. Do they have multiple lenses incase a guest accidentally spills a beverage on the one lens being used? Always ask your potential videographer if they have backups. What about after the wedding? How do they keep your films safe in case they are lost?
Since we are talking business stuff ask your videographer if they are insured. Professional videographers should be covered in case something happens to their gear or something accidentally happens to one of your guests involving the videographers equipment…. like a light stand falls over on a guest on the dance floor and injures them.
5. Ask about the DETAILS. They matter.
What exactly is included with the package? How are they films delivered? How long will it take to receive your films? What time will you arrive on the wedding day? Are there any additional costs we don’t know about? Ask as many questions as you can. There is no such thing as a silly question. TIP: Make sure your videographer has a contract. For that matter make sure you sign a contract with all of your wedding vendors.
6. Don’t “Uncle Bob” it.
Say your uncle shoots sports photography or he’s filmed a friends 60th birthday party or a party for your little cousins and since he does a great job you think he will do a great job shooting your wedding for free! Money saved, right?? Not quite. You will in fact save money but your wedding videos might not turn out how you envisioned and that will be a sad day. Wedding videography is a whole other game. I would be lying if I said it wasn't stressful. You don’t want to miss a shot or mess up on someone’s wedding day. Even the most expensive, flashes camera or smartphone is no replacement for a professional, experienced videographer.
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I am a Wedding Videographer, based in Southport, covering the Northwest and U.K. I make fun, natural films in a discreet, unobtrusive style. I want to capture the real stuff, the laughter and stories, that you will take you right back to your wedding day over and over again.
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I am based in Southport and also cover the north west including Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and UK. I make fun, natural wedding videos in a discreet, unobtrusive style. I want to capture the real stuff, the laughter and the stories.
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