When considering your wedding videographer, you might be stuck on questions like: What is the best style of film? Do I want one camera or two? But to ensure that you get the best quality video for your big day, there are some important things to ask (and hopefully understand) before you sign on the dotted line. Here are 6 things to ask your wedding videographer when deciding who to hire!
What equipment do you use?
You might want to consider asking your videographer what equipment they use. This information is valuable for several reasons:
- You can get an idea of what kind of quality you’ll receive from their videos based on the type of equipment they have and use regularly.
- It’s also helpful to know what, if any, backup gear they have in case something breaks or malfunctions during filming.
- If you’re planning a special event like a wedding or other important occasion, it’s good to know how much care goes into planning for these types of events with regards to both equipment and people involved (i.e., do they bring their own lighting? Do they have a dedicated team?).
At Midland Weddings we film with at least 4 Sony cameras. We also have our own lighting & audio equipment.
Can you give me a full list of the services you offer?
Make sure your videographer can provide you with all the services you want. Ask whether they offer wedding video, photography, drones, wedding slideshows and albums. If they don’t offer one or two of these services then it’s worth checking if there are any other companies that do so you can compare prices and quality.
It’s also worth asking whether they can edit your wedding video footage on their own or if they need to send it off somewhere else for editing. If they’re going to send it elsewhere then ask who will be doing the editing as this could affect how long it takes to get your final product back from them after the big day!
How long are your wedding videos?
The length of your wedding video is also one of the most important considerations. If a videographer tells you that they can create a 3-minute clip from your wedding, but you’re hoping for a 10-minute piece with lots of slow motion and panning shots, then it’s time to move on.
What are the considerations for length? There are many variables at play here:
- How long does the ceremony last?
- How long do speeches take?
- How long does music play during dancing?
Will there be more than one camera person shooting on our big day?
If you want to capture every perfect detail of your big day, ask if there will be more than one camera person filming. Having a second set of eyes on the action can help to create a fuller picture of the day by giving you different angles and perspectives. For example, while they may be getting close-ups of both your faces as you exchange vows, another videographer could be following them on either side or even above so that your guests can see what’s happening in front of them as well.
Having multiple cameras also gives you options for creative framing and editing later; if one camera catches something cool happening off to the side (like an adorable reaction from grandparents), it will allow for quick cuts back and forth between shots so that everyone gets a view from all sides!
Can we see some sample work?
You should also request to see some sample work they’ve done, and it’s best to ask for a few different types of videos. Wedding and engagement videos are very different from corporate or product videos, so you want to make sure the videographer has experience with both.
If possible, look at the video on your own first before going in with your partner. This will give you an idea of what kind of style appeals to each of you individually. You should also try to identify how well the videographer uses audio (voice-over) and music (theme song). How do these affect the overall quality? Does it feel natural or forced? Is there too much talking/narration? What about sound effects like footsteps—are they appropriate and realistic?
Finally, judge whether their editing is smooth enough so that transitions between scenes feel natural rather than jarring or abrupt; this could be a sign that they’re using software meant specifically for weddings instead of just editing professionally produced content according to their own vision
Are you fully insured and how much experience do you have?
- Are you fully insured and how much experience do you have?
You want to make sure that your videographer is insured for any damage or injuries that may happen on your wedding day. Also, ask about their liability insurance in case anything gets damaged during the filming of your wedding.
- How many weddings have you shot?
This should be a straightforward question to answer, but it’s important to know how experienced they are with shooting weddings before booking them. If this is their first time filming a wedding, then I would recommend looking elsewhere as they will likely not know what they are doing and leave too many gaps in coverage.
Remember to ask about all these important details when booking your wedding videographer.
- Ask about their equipment.
- Ask about their experience.
- Ask about insurance.
- Ask to see sample work, if possible. This is especially important because you’ll have only one chance to make an impression with your wedding video, so make sure you know what you’re getting into by asking for examples of their previous work before booking them on your special day!
- Ask how long the finished product will be (an hour or two? Four hours?) and how many cameras will be used (one or two?).
Essentially, you’re looking for someone who has a professional approach to their work and who is willing to spend time with you in advance of your wedding discussing everything from budget issues to an overview of what they can and can’t do for you on the day. Hopefully by now we’ve addressed any questions that remain unanswered so go ahead and get those six tips under your belt then start planning how you want your wedding videographer experience to go!