A wedding photographer is there to capture each moment of your special day as it unfolds, while a wedding videographer captures the event on film so that you can watch your wedding video for years to come. Choosing the right videographer for your wedding is equally as important as choosing the right wedding photographer – each videographer will have a different style and unlike a photographer, you will most likely only receive one wedding video and there won’t be different versions for you to choose from. To help you select the perfect wedding videographer, we’ve got the 10 most important questions to ask your videographer to ensure that he is the ideal fit for you.
1. What is your video style and storytelling approach?
There are typically two types of videography styles: cinematic and documentary. Cinematic videos are like movies and include music, special effects and montages. They involve the videographer shooting sections of the wedding and editing them together later. Documentary videos are generally shot consistently throughout the day and show the progression of the wedding day from start to finish. Make sure that you and your videographer are on the same page about what is expected from the final product and what kind of story you want your video to tell.
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2. How many weddings have you videoed?
Knowing how many weddings your videographer has worked will give you an idea of the level of professionalism and experience you will receive on your wedding day. It is important to hire a professional so that you receive a high-quality video of your special day, so be sure to choose someone whose experience level you feel comfortable with.
3. What kind of equipment will you be using? How do you handle sound and lighting?
Although you may not be familiar with the technical terms, asking your potential videographer what kind of equipment he uses is an indicator of his level of expertise and also what the setup will look like at the wedding. Sometimes video gear can be very bulky and would interfere with the ceremony so you’ll want to double check that your videographer’s equipment won’t get in the way. Having good sound and lighting is crucial for a great video and all good videographers will have a way to capture the best sound and provide the best lighting for your wedding video.
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4. What is your editing process?
Regardless of whether you choose a videographer with a cinematic or documentary style, your wedding video will have to be edited to create a beautiful finished product. Your videographer should be able to outline his editing method for you so that you can better understand the quality of the video you’ll receive.
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5. Do you have any sample movies and references?
Watching a sample movie is the best way to determine whether or not someone is a potential videographer for your wedding. If you watch a couple of sample videos and don’t feel that they are the type of video you want, you’ll know that videographer is not for you. If you watch a couple of videos and instantly fall in love, you’ll know that this videographer is someone you would want to work with. Asking for references is something that any professional videographer should be used to and be happy to provide. Speaking with past clients will help you gauge what to expect from this particular videographer for your special day.
6. Have you shot any weddings at my venue?
A videographer who is already familiar with your wedding venue will be able to set up his equipment and maneuver around the proceedings more smoothly than someone who is completely unfamiliar with the venue. Although this should not be a deal breaker, it is good to know whether or not he is already comfortable with the venue so you won’t have to worry about him missing a shot or fumbling around the aisle or reception due to being unfamiliar with the area.
7. Who exactly will be videoing my wedding?
Having more than one videographer present will ensure that no special moment will go undocumented. Your videographer may work with several colleagues that may serve as assistants or even be the primary videographer at your wedding. If you know you want to work with a specific person, be sure to confirm that he is the one that will be present.
8. Have you ever worked with my photographer before and will you coordinate with him?
The wedding videographer and wedding photographer serve very similar and vital roles. They are both there to document your day and preserve the memories. If they have worked together previously at another wedding, they may already be comfortable with each other’s working styles and can coordinate with one another to maximize the best possible results for you. Again, this should not be a deal breaker for you but it is a good detail to ask about.
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9. How much do you charge, and are there any package services? What is included in your packages?
Of course one of the most important things to ask your videographer is how much his services will cost. Many times videographers offer package deals that include their time, the video, editing and extra copies. Review all of the package options carefully to make sure everything you want and need is included at a price that you are comfortable with. Also ask about overtime charges in case the ceremony or reception run long so that you aren’t surprised with extra costs when the bill comes.
10. When can I expect to see the finished product?
Your wedding video will be a lovely keepsake for you and your loved ones to enjoy for years to come. Each videographer will spend a different amount of time on your video depending on his editing process and schedule; some may deliver your finished movie in as little as 8 weeks, while others may take up to an entire year. Ask your videographer what a typical turnaround time is for him so that you have an idea of when you’ll be able to see your beautiful movie.