Posted by Marion Abrams on Thursday, May 5, 2011
STEP 1 - Love the video!
It can be easy to get so caught up in budgets, schedules and availability that you forget to see if you actually like the work of your vendors. So step one, look at samples and make sure you choose someone whose work clicks for you. Most videographers have samples on line, so this is much easier than it was just a few years ago. Think about how the video makes you feel when you watch it, and how you want to feel 1 year, 2 years or 10 years from now when you revisit your wedding day. Once a videographer’s work has passed the “love it” test it’s on to step two.
STEP 2 - Like the person!
Even more important than good work is the right personality. Remember that having a great wedding is the one thing that’s more important than having a great video. Your videographer will be at your side most of the day. Is he or she pleasant? Easygoing? Professional? Cheerful? First find out who will actually be shooting the wedding (in a boutique shop like mine I shoot all my weddings, in some larger companies there may be several videographers). Then see what couples have said about working with that person. Check independent reviews on sites like WeddingWire, and ask wedding professionals like florists, photographers and planners. They have a good sense of who has a professional manner and is enjoyable to work with. If you can, have a quick face to face meeting with the videographer, if not you can tell a lot from a phone call.
STEP 3 - Nuts and Bolts.
You’ve determined that you like your videographer’s work and personality, now you move on to the nuts and bolts. Some advice columns recommend you ask technical questions like how many cameras, what format, and what type of mic.s a videographer uses. In my opinion if you like the finished work, and you like the person, the equipment they use doesn’t matter. There is one exception. I would suggest asking what back up plans they have in place, things can go wrong with equipment, and a good professional will have a back up camera standing by, and more than one means of recording sound.
STEP 4 - Communicate
What else can you do to insure the best possible video? Two things, one: let your videographer know how you feel, so he or she can be an effective partner. Are still photos more important than video, that's ok, but it helps if we know. Do you hate bright camera lights, we can work around that. Two: do your best to keep the videographer informed. If an important toast is about to start your videographer needs to be in place before it begins in order to catch it all. Give your videographer a rough schedule of the day with stars on events that are most important to you, then assign your planner or a family friend as a liaison to give your videographer a heads up if something important is about to happen.
When you find great partners, you and your wedding professionals will work together toward the same goal, to create and capture a beautiful day.
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