In this post we look at questions to ask a wedding videographer, before you hire them and before they capture all your memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Your videographer will be there by your side throughout your special day and you need to make sure they will be right for you.
Do we need to hire a videographer?
Video captures the movement of the day. Photography captures the moments of the day in still images without movement or sound. Think of all the sounds that can’t be captured in a photo, like your vows, the reception music, and the toasts. If your budget allows for a videographer, it’s worth the investment.
Do our photographer and videographer have to get along?
Typically we communicate with the photographer before your wedding when possible and throughout the day. We like to walk through where we will be during the ceremony, reception, etc. This ensures we aren’t stepping into each others shots and that every moment is captured perfectly.
What should I ask when I interview a videographer?
When you interview videographers, ask to see 20 or 30 minutes of a video rather than a five-minute highlight reel. It’s easy to make a short highlight reel look really good and polished. However the full video is far more important and will show you the quality they provide throughout your wedding day. Here is an example.
We’re worried that our shooters will bring too much equipment. Is this a common problem?
We typically shoot with 2-3 cameras. This ensures your wedding is covered and we aren’t getting in the way of the ceremony itself. We use a lapel mic on the groom to capture pristine audio during the ceremony. We also use professional shotgun microphones to capture the ambient sounds of the day. We can’t stress enough how important the audio is to us, it’s half of what we do if not more.
Should we make a must-shoot list?
Don’t worry about reminding your video pro to shoot the classic scenes—they’ll definitely capture the cake-cutting and your first dance. What you should give a heads up about, however, is key people to shoot and any tradition or unique detail that you’re going to include in your wedding.