How to Choose a Videographer
Video preserves the memory of your big day. It’s one of the major wedding investments and you want to make sure it’s captured the right way. Doing a little homework on wedding videographers will help you choose the ideal director for your wedding movie.
First off, video editing is everything. Many couples are unaware that the majority of fees paid to videographers go towards their editing time, more so than their shooting time. Prices for the services of videographers range from $1,000 – $4,000 depending on:
• Types of camera used
• Total length of edit
• Number of videographers (or assistants)
If you’re having an outdoor wedding and want to get a bird’s eye view of things, drone footage is a nice addition, if you have the budget for it. Ask your videographer if he or she is certified and licensed to use drones and make sure the right permits are obtained beforehand (if needed). Drone footage is new to the wedding video landscape so be sure to:
• Get various opinions
• Check with the venue
• Ask for previous footage
As mentioned above, the types of cameras used will determine how much the videographer will cost. The type of camera used can determine if you will have bright video, even in low light. Video cameras that can do well under low lighting conditions tend to be more expensive.
Finally, you want to ask your videographer if he or she has a stabilization device so the video comes out smooth and steady (unlike an uncle or in-law who tries to film it with their phone). And when it comes to music, be sure the videographer has a license. So, let’s be honest, it all comes down to budget. It’s best to set that number early and to stick with it. Things to consider: • How long have they been in the business? • Ask for footage that includes indoor and outdoor shots • Check with the Better Business Bureau and or sites like The Knot or Wedding Wire to see what the feedback has been • Ask how often they update their equipment.
Don’t hire a videographer that claims to do everything. Companies that group ‘wedding videos’ into their services tend to not do well when it comes to editing and sound. It’s better to go with someone who specializes in wedding films and has a style that captures your imagination.
Julie Albaugh is owner of Julie’s Videography. With more than twenty five years of experience, Julie has produced hundreds of wedding videos. Julie is also a leader in the wedding industry, serving as editor of Wedding Market News, a leading source for global news, trends & marketing information for the wedding industry. For more, visit http://www.juliesvideography.com.