Jumat, 24 Agustus 2012

What to Know When Hiring a Wedding Videographer

There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding and you don't always have time to put your full focus on each vendor. Having your wedding captured on video can be a true treasure that you will cherish for years to come. But choosing the proper videography company can prove to be time consuming and challenging. What qualities do you look for? What questions should you ask?

Let's start by explaining the difference between a video that just documents live events, and one that actually tells a compelling story. Almost anyone can film the days events and give you a video that plays them back in a linear fashion. This style can feel very drawn out and long. You as the viewer are literally just watching the days events exactly as they happened with maybe some snippets of music, nice shots, & fancy titles put in the video. This is very different from a cinematic film that is edited in such a way that you are taken on a journey. A cinematic film may show clips from the reception at the start & then cut to scenes of morning prep. But it is all edited in such a way that you are feeling the true emotion of the day. You hear conversation and become immersed into what is happening. Make sure whoever you hire is focused on your story, not just filming the days events.

Equipment- Honestly most people don't know the appropriate equipment for shooting a wedding, and it does not always matter. Take a look at the work of your potential videographer and decide for yourself if you like the way it looks. The most important thing is that they are focused on telling your story. A truly talented videographer can tell a compelling story using only an iPhone. That being said, there are some items that are considered a must, such as tripods, wireless microphones, & at least 2 cameras.

Lastly, choose someone who you feel comfortable with and can trust. Make sure they get along with photographers and other vendors. This will be a huge comfort on the big day.

Keep the focus on your story, rather than getting caught up on what aspects of the day will be captured or the type of equipment they are using. You want a company that cares about you and truly portraying who you are and the emotions you feel. Make your final call based their work and how you felt when meeting with them.

You are more than welcome to view some examples on my website. The film clips that are on the site show story telling through the art of film. http://www.integrafilms.net/about.html

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