17 Apr What to ask your Wedding videographer
Choose right and you’ll love every single viewing!
1. How long have you been in the weddings industry? How did you get started filming weddings and is it your main business?
Weddings have no second take opportunities and your filmmaker needs to be prepared for anything!
2. How many videographers will be filming at my wedding?
In order to produce a creative and interesting wedding video, you need at least 2 cameras or videographers to be able to capture multiple angles especially during the ceremony. If you can’t afford multiple vendors, ask if it would be possible for your videographer to set up a stationary camera at the ceremony in addition to the manned camera.
3. Is your shooting approach direct or more journalistic? How would you describe your production style (documentary, cinematic, vintage)?
A great videographer should be able to clearly articulate what their video style is. A wedding video with a cinematic style resembles a movie, including a trailer at the beginning and montages set to music, which require heavier editing. Documentary or journalistic videos incorporate more natural sound and the order of the video will mimic the real-life progression of your wedding day. If a vendor describes their style differently than what you perceive it to be, that may be a problem.
4. What parts of the wedding day do you film?
This might seem like an obvious question at first glance, but you may notice that certain moments of the wedding day are missing when you start to watch a potential vendor’s films. “One of the biggest complaints in this industry is that couples didn’t understand that certain things wouldn’t be filmed. Ask if they will be covering cocktail hour, your photo session with your photographer, or table visits, if you are going to do that,” said Hill. Every studio will film all of the major events (e.g. first dance, cake-cutting) but the rest is based purely on their style.
5. What kind of camera equipment do you use? Do you capture audio throughout the wedding day, if so how?
Most vendors now use cameras and equipment that are much smaller and very similar to what your photographer will be using,” said Roche. A good videographer should always have a backup camera.Gone are the days of videographers showing up to a wedding with big cameras on wheels and obtrusive equipment (well, at least they should be).
Capturing great audio is just as crucial as capturing a great picture. Ask if your videographer uses wireless microphones for all of the sources at your ceremony (e.g. groom, officiate, even musicians). For the reception and speeches, a direct audio feed from the band/DJ will definitely give you the best results, but don’t necessarily rule out a videographer who uses an on-camera mic, since newer cameras have better models than the past.
6. What music do you use for the wedding film?
Music sets the tone for your entire wedding video. Tell your videographer what kind of music you love (and hate) so that they can fit in your preferences. They should be open to your input, and in turn, you need to trust their judgment, since they know which songs will work well for editing. Ask if they will be using licensed music (especially for anything posted online). If you prefer to use commercial music on your film then be prepared for limits on being able to have the film online to share, this goes against copyright.
7. What types of packages do you offer?
Most Videographers use all-inclusive packages. The length of the videos is an important factor to consider. Many videographers produce short trailers or highlight films (2-5 minutes), which can easily be shared online. Other options include short-form wedding films (10-20 minutes), and feature-length videos (45-90 minutes). If you’re on a tight budget, consider asking for raw footage only. But keep in mind that raw footage is just that—raw. You’ll see camera movement, blocked shots, etc., but you can always have the footage edited later on.
8. When can I expect to see my wedding video?
Most videographers will deliver a video in 8-10 weeks, while some will take up to a year. Producing a wedding video is a lengthy process and there are many steps that have to happen before it’s ready for viewing. Even after the footage is pieced together in a timeline, there is still music to add, color-correction, post-production, and processing time.