Not all wedding videographers are created equal. And truth be told, your wedding video is only as good as your wedding videographer. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to help you choose your wedding videographer wisely.
1) Reputation before talent. Lindsay Lohan, Lance Armstrong, Mel Gibson – all are talented but not really stellar in terms of the reputation department. When hiring a wedding videographer, look at his or her reputation first as this involves work ethic. A Diva with a video camera is the last person you would want to deal with on your wedding day.
2) Review their portfolio. Don’t rely on what they are telling you. It’s your right as a prospective client to review their body of work. In relation to this, request for the contact information of previous clients and ask them about their first-hand experience when dealing with a particular videographer.
3) Ask specific questions on how they carry out their work. How many cameras are they going to use? On your first dance with husband, will they be circling you around or will the cameras be hidden in plain site? Will they be moving around during your wedding ceremony or will they be still at one place and just zoom in or out? This will give you a complete picture whether their techniques are aligned with the elements on your wedding day.
4) Inquire about the post-editing effects, recording equipment and other technologies they use. For example, HD cameras tend to be unforgiving as they capture everything and anything – from the smallest blemish to the tiniest of stain. Will they be able to conceal a small microphone in the groom’s suit to clearly record your vows? Will they be applying special effects during post-editing and will you be able to review the reel before rendering it with finality?
If you’re still undecided whether you want to invest in capturing your wedding on video or not, think about all the things a simple photo cannot capture – your dad’s priceless expression as he walks you down the aisle, the look on your mom’s face as you read your vows, the loving, almost poetic way in which your spouse speaks his promise of love and devotion. When done right, immortalizing your wedding day on film is a decision you will never regret.
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