Choosing a videographer to document your wedding day can be a daunting task. What do you look for? How do you evaluate the film and cinematography skills? What questions do you ask? Here to help you are a few guidelines to help make this process fun and easy.
Qualities to look for in your wedding videographer
Experience – A professional videographer with a lot of experience has the expertise to capture all the events of your wedding day, while remaining out of the way. You want someone who has filmed many weddings and in a variety of settings. A seasoned cinematographer can easily anticipate what is going to happen next and position themselves so they will be able to capture the perfect shots and footage. A highly professional videographer works well with your photographer, so that both are seamlessly able to capture beautiful images of your wedding ceremony and reception.
Connection – I recommend that you meet with prospective videographers and explore how well you connect with them. Hiring a wedding film professional means you are trusting them record some of the most important and personal moments of your life. When interviewing videographers, be sure to listen closely to what they say and how they say it. Do they listen to and understand what you communicate and what you want in a wedding film? Can they articulate your vision back to you? How will they customize your wedding film so that it reflects the love that you and your fiance feel for each other?
Skill – Review samples of the prospective wedding cinematographer. Do you like the samples of their work? Are there different styles of wedding movie? Which styles do you like the best? Remember that samples the videographer shares with you are their best work, so make sure they are of the highest quality. There shouldn’t be any shaky or blurry footage and the film should flow easily from the start to finish. A great wedding film keeps you engaged and interested through out. Look for a wedding videographer with a style of filming and editing that evokes the warmth and love that the couple feels for each other. For the rest of your lives, you’ll have your wedding film to take you back to how you felt the day you got married, so you want to ensure your videographer has director’s sensibility to capturing and editing your movie.
Reviews – What are other brides and grooms saying about their experience working with the videographer you are considering? Reviews can help you know what to expect during the wedding day and beyond. Does the cinematographer have a reputation for good communication and customer service? Another good idea is to check with your wedding venue, planner or photographer to learn if they have had experience with the videographers you are considering.
Communication – A videographer who responds promptly to calls and emails during the selection process will also be the one to respond quickly after the wedding day is over and you are waiting for your finished product. Look for a professional who is responsive, courteous and respectful.