In previous posts on this topic I’ve covered questions concerning experience, equipment, and services offered. These are important but also important is the personal connection you make with your pros. Of course you need to ask questions regarding the services they provide but try and avoid sounding suspicious or skeptical especially if this is someone you have a good feeling about. You don’t want your videographer or photographer to be offended by you before your day for obvious reasons! This being said please don’t choose your provider based mainly on their personal charm or lack thereof. Great charisma may sell a video but not get the work done right.
Here’s the question every bride who decides on wedding video will face at some point. This is the same question a bride will ask for several of her vendor choices and its no easy one. Basically its a process of finding good candidates online or through a friend and meeting with them. Here are some things to consider when meeting your videographer.
1. How good is the videographer in question at what he does?
Nothing in my opinion is as important to you as this, does your videographer have the background, the education, the equipment, the experience and creativity to make good videos? This is something you will have to determine by asking about his/her professional experience and seeing work that is complete ie. you can ask to see a demo or a video that has been recently completed so you can see the dvd menu’s how the chapters are laid out and how the wedding film is edited and put together with music.
2. What is your price range and what does the provider offer for your money?
Just because its expensive does not mean its better. Don’t be fooled by perceived value, just because a videographer charges alot doesn’t mean they are good. You decide what good is after all! Work with whats in your price range and don’t be persuaded into huge packages unless you desire that and can afford it.
This is obviously important to you for several reasons. Many videographers including myself offer several package options. Read the details of each package carefully. Some companies have a package that doesn’t include cinematic editing or says (limited editing). Be wary of this because you will be spending alot of money for a product that will be far from refined. The amount of limited editing can vary from one producer to another but honestly a video shot and basically dumped to dvd will not be very pleasing to watch and you should see some previews of this before deciding on such an option. A well edited and finished video has a personal and creative touch that goes much further than the latter but also takes alot of work usually between 15 to 30 hours of editing time.