Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and you’re going to want to remember every detail! An epic wedding videographer will do just that. He will capture every moment of the big day and you will be able to watch it over and over again for years to come. So here are some tips for hiring the perfect wedding videographer!
A lot of suppliers will show you the highlight video or short wedding film. But what else do you get? Ask to see an example long video. You need to make sure that the rest of your videos are the same standard as the highlight video/ short wedding film. For example, do they capture the ceremony, speeches or first dance in their entirety? These are important parts of the day to watch back in years to come.
In order to produce a creative and interesting wedding video, you should have at least two videographers. It is important to capture multiple angles, especially during the ceremony and speeches, so that you can truly re-experience and bring it back to life. Moreover, find out if the videographer present will have stationary cameras set up for the ceremony and the speeches in addition to the manned cameras.
There are typically two styles: cinematic and documentary. A wedding video with a cinematic style resembles a movie; with a montage of footage, music and heavier editing. On the other hand, documentary or “fly-on-the-wall” videos are more true to the real-life progression of the day and incorporate more natural sounds. If you feel excited, nervous and emotional after watching several films that the videographer has made, it has really captivated you and forged an emotional connection. The mark of a good videographer is transporting you (the viewer) to the day through the film.
Capturing great audio for video is just as crucial as capturing a great picture. Your videographer should be using wireless microphones for all sources at your ceremony (e.g. groom, officiate, even musicians) or speeches (e.g. groom, best man, father of the bride) OR get a direct audio feed from the sound desks from any microphone in use.
Meeting in person is incredibly important, as this person (and their assistant) will be an integral part of your wedding day and will be following you very closely from morning to evening. With the right videographer you will not feel camera-shy, in fact, you won’t even know that the camera is there!