How to Get a Good Wedding Videographer

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Wedding videography is often over-looked. People get photographers and assume that’s enough, but the truth is, still pictures don’t fully capture the fullness of the day and the atmosphere, and allow you relive it again and again. Once brides decide videography is something they definitely need, the overwhelming task of finding the perfect vendor ensues. Here are some tips to finding the right one for you.

  1. Style- There are several different styles that each videographer might have, and you need to decide what style you want to best capture your day and find someone who uses that style in shooting and editing. Do you want someone to simply document the day and make very true to how everything happened? Do you want a more artsy, cinematic feel with lots of edits that doesn’t have to cover everything in detail? Or do you want a documentary style, complete with voice-overs and interviews? This is going to be a big factor in whether or not you like the finished product. You need to find someone who “gets” your vision and can follow through with it.
  2. Experience- Sometimes, people who know how to functionally work a camera and edit film try to get into the wedding industry claiming to be videographers. Beware of these people, because although they technically can do some things, that does not mean that they know the ins and outs of being a wedding videographer. If you’re going to pay them, you need to know that you’re working with a professional who knows what he/she is doing. Always ask to see several demo videos of past work before picking a videographer. If they claim that they can’t show you any for privacy concerns-run. You can also ask for references from former clients to see how they were to work with.
  3. Price- If videography is something you’re sure you want, it’d be a good idea to build it into the budget from the start. The saying “Good work isn’t cheap, and cheap work isn’t good” totally applies in the film industry. There is a lot of expensive equipment, days of work shooting, travel expenses, and endless editing. Like I mentioned earlier, you need to watch out for unqualified people pretending to be professionals. Prices vary depending on the area you’re in of coarse, but just as a guide, professional videography is usually at least as much as your photography.  If having wedding and engagement videos are important to you, you may need to find more economical ways to do other parts of your wedding. Since a video is something that will last a lifetime and help you remember your wonderful day best, it is absolutely worth it.
  4. Expectations- Usually videographers offer different packages and features, so it would be good to decide what’s important to you so you can end up picking the one who can give you what you want. For example, do you want a full version, 15 minutes of highlights, or a quick overview for one song’s length? Do you want to have the electronic copy as well as a DVD? Do you want to have the rights to share the video online? Is it important to you to have an engagement video, a video of the bridal shoot, bridal shower, and other events as well as the actual wedding day itself?

Set up meetings with videographers you’re interested in and research some online. You’ll be all ready to make decisions sooner than you think! For more information on videographers in Utah county, click the link.

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