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Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Videographer

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Hiring the right company or individual to shoot your wedding videography can be a daunting task. With so many options in the marketplace, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. To help you put together your game-plan, we’ve partnered with Australia’s Borrowed & Blue Productions to put together a list of five important things to keep in mind while making your decisions.

Do your research — If  you’re not familiar with videography options, it’s time to start doing your research. The best place to start is the good ‘ol world wide web. Start your search locally and expand from there. If your budget allows for it, you might be able to afford bringing in an out-of-town professional that meets your needs. You should also determine which style of wedding video you want: documentary or cinematic.

Meet in person — After you’ve done your initial online research and determined who your favorite video professionals are, the next step is to setup an in-person meeting. This will allow you and your fiancé to get a feel for the videographer’s personality and whether you think it’ll be a comfortable fit for you and your guests. Ask questions about style and the flow of the wedding day. The interview is also a great time to discuss pricing.

See their work — You wouldn’t settle on a bakery without tasting their cake first, right? Videography is no different. Get as many sample videos as possible as this is the best way to see if their style is compatible with your vision of a perfect wedding video. Below is an example from Borrowed & Blue:

Ask about packages: Most videographers will have different packages tailored to meet various budgets. Don’t be afraid to ask about the specifics of what you get in each package. Also find out which packages include a second shooter to capture different versions of key shots as this is an often overlooked aspect by video novices.

Find out what type of equipment they’ll be using — You want the highest quality video possible.  Find out the types of cameras, sound equipment and editing software will be used. Also ask what formats you’ll be able to view your video in: DVD, Blu-ray or both.

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What do you think the key questions to ask a potential videographer are? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to “Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Videographer”

  1. Alex Says:

    This is great advice! I wish I would have had the budget for a vidoegrapher.

  2. Rob Says:

    This is a great overview. Also don’t forget to ask about how they shoot, longer lenses and more of a fly on the wall approach or up close and personal. The latter type can get some great footage but might make your photographer angry. Not nice when your videographers end up in half your wedding pictures. See if you’re photographer recommends anyone, or higher someone that does both photo and video! =)

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