Capturing your wedding: What to look for in a videographer

Video for a Wedding

The progression of capturing wedding day memories has gone from good old Kodak film and 110 cameras, to the instant Polaroid, to the digital capture of images. With the digital age of image capture comes the proliferation of pictures and the ability to store, share, and edit like never before.

What does this mean for weddings in this century? First, you are likely to hire a professional photographer who will capture amazing still images, second, you will no doubt have friends and family that capture countless photos on their smartphones.

This is all a positive, but the thing about still images is they fail to capture the sounds and full experience of the day.

This is one reason wedding videography is so desirable. It preserves more than mere image, but emotion, sounds, and human interaction, ensuring those cherished moments are never forgotten. Moments like when you share that first dance with your father as a married woman, the humorous and often emotional toasts you never want to forget, the flower girl and ring bearer as they toddle down the aisle, the laughter and interaction of beloved family and friends celebrating with you. These moments will never happen again and the truth is, on the day of the wedding, all the action can be overwhelming making it tough to commit details to memory. With videography, you don’t lose the impact of those events.

If a still picture is worth a thousand words and there are sixty pictures in one second of video, and your wedding movie lasts just twenty minutes, that means your wedding wrapped into one video is worth at least seventy-two thousand words. Now that is saying a lot!

Brides tend to plan the major things right away. Selecting a date, venue, dress, color scheme, flowers, seating arrangements, caterers, and photographer are generally at the top of every bride’s to-do list. Weddings can get pricey, fast. Hiring a videographer might seem like just one more big expense, but it doesn't have to be. Brides just need to know what to ask and what to expect.

When hiring a videographer, don't be afraid to ask about their flexibility. Many companies will have defined packages that outline what their services entail and the price point of each item. If there are a list of included services and you're not be interested in all of them, ask if there is a way to cut those out. Any good videography company will be happy to customize their services to fit your needs.

Another concern brides have is will the videographer be a distraction, or get in the way while filming important moments. The simple answer is if your videographer is experienced, no, they will not interfere with the day’s happenings. In fact, using a videographer allows you to see intimate instances that would have been missed without the camera present. For example, if you have a team of videographers, one may get footage of you coming down the aisle while the other records the expression of your parents the first time they see you. If you're staring into the eyes of your soul mate, you may not see the pride in Mom and Dad's eyes, but the camera person will. Don't be afraid to ask for a sample of the videographer’s work. Experience is key in making sure the treasured event is chronicled well without detracting from the wedding itself.

Once you are comfortable with your videographer and are confident you have communicated expectations, you will need to book sooner rather than later. Most companies only book one wedding a day so it is standard to require a deposit.

Advanced booking is important, especially if your wedding occurs during the busy summer season. A good lead time is four to six months although depending on the season, you may be able to secure a videographer as close as two months prior to your wedding date.

If you haven't booked anyone and your wedding is fast approaching, don't panic. Contact reputable companies and explore your options.

Contact Single Six Media for expert advice and help in filming your special event.

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