5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer

October 4, 2011

So you’re getting married, or know someone who is.  Congratulations!  We know how important your wedding is and we want to help make is as great as possible.  We know that such a special event takes planning and great effort and as with all other aspects of planning a wedding, selecting the right videographer is an important choice.  While there are many important questions to ask along the way, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 questions you should ask YOUR wedding videographer.

Q.  What are your prices/packages?

Chances are you have an idea of how much you’d like to spend on a wedding videographer, so start the pricing conversation early.  Most wedding videographers will have their pricing info on their website, or ready to email upon request.  Pricing for videographers can vary depending on their experience level, the equipment that they use, if they bring a 2nd videographer, and their overall shooting style.  Some wedding videographers offer a flat rate, while others will provide options so the couple can make selections a la carte.
Find out what they have to offer and see what makes sense for you.  Remember that while couples often hire photographers first, the value of having a wedding videographer there as well, capturing the sights and sounds of every moment, cannot be over-emphasized.

Q.  What is your style? (i.e. documentary, cinematic, mix?)

A documentary style can be thought of as an “as-it-happened” style.  Events captured on the wedding day are faithfully portrayed in the final video(s).  A cinematic style can be thought of more as a “wedding film” style, with events captured and edited in a style that brings out the emotion, highlights the humor, and keeps the viewer entertained throughout. 
The couples that we talk to often have a style that naturally trends towards either documentary or cinematic.  The same can be said for wedding videographers, although a good videographer/editor will be able to deliver either style.  Think about which general style you prefer and talk to videographers to find the one that fits you best.

Q.  What type of gear do you use?

Do you shoot in HD?  How do you record audio?  Do you use bright video lights?  While you won’t need to know all the technical details, it’s good to have a basic idea of how the day will be captured so there won’t be any unwanted surprises throughout the wedding day.
Most wedding videographers are shooting high-definition (HD), and will have high-quality sound recording systems (on camera, or wireless microphones) so make sure your videographer is able to deliver what you need.  Also, ask about lighting and whether or not they bring their own lights.  Receptions can be dimly lit (usually by design) and you’ll want to know if your videographer plans on using bright lights or if he/she is able to work with the available ambient lighting.

Q.  Will you coordinate with my photographer? Will you contact my other vendors?

Because photographers and videographers are often after the same shots, it’s important to consider how they will work together.  We like to be in touch with the photographer (if we don’t already know them) to get a sense for their style and their needs and establish good communication from the start so that the couple enjoys a harmonious experience all around.
It is also a good idea for the videographer to connect with the wedding planner or event planner early on.  As a videographer it’s important to know the wedding day timeline and to consider how to cover any special events in the schedule.  Great videos start with great coverage and knowing where to be at all the right moments, so make sure your videographer will be in the loop.

Q.  Can I see samples of your work?

You will be able to gain a sense of the videographer’s quality and style by viewing recent examples of their work.  Most videographers will have samples on their website, and many are willing to share additional samples upon request.
When browsing the videos samples, pay attention to the sound quality, the camera angles, and the lighting.  While your video will be truly unique, chances are the quality and overall look of your footage will be consistent with their most recent work so you’ll have an idea of what you can expect.

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