The wedding world is a popular place to be. There are so, so many wedding photographers out there. I know I run into a new one about every week. There aren't as many wedding videogaphers out there. I think that's probably because video is a bit harder to do and requires more equipment and editing skills. Even though there aren't a ton of us out there, finding the right videographer can be a challenge. Here's some tips on how to choose a wedding videographer.
How to Choose a Wedding Videographer
First, let me say that I don't think I'm the perfect match for every couple. That would be silly of me to think that. There have been plenty of times I've talked to a couple and realized that I wasn't lining up with what they were wanting. That's find. I'd much rather lose a few clients here and there and get matched up with the perfect ones. That way they're happy and I'm happy.
The first thing I would look at with a wedding videographer is their style. Just like we all have different styles when it comes to our clothes, music, or food, we all have a style when it comes to video. You might want something really dramatic with a lot of slow motion or maybe you're more into something goofy and upbeat.
You might not know what your style preference is. That's ok. When you start researching, just start watching their videos. If you're not digging it, move on. With the ones you do like, make sure to watch several of their videos. I've seen some videographers that change styles every other video. The problem with that is you won't know what you are going to get. If you've watched several of their videos, and you love them all, then you should be good.
Personality is really important when it comes to photographers. The photographers tend to interact more with the couples, but it's still important for the videographer as well. You don't want to be around someone on your wedding day that annoys you or makes you feel awkward. You want a wedding videographer that you get along with and have fun with.
You can sort of get a feel for a person through his or her website. Do they seem like the very serious type, or crazy, or country or whatever. I wouldn't judge just from this though. Writing an about section on a website can be pretty tough, so they might be putting off the wrong vibe just because they aren't professional writers.
The best way is to actual talk to them on the phone. Have a conversation. This way you can see how they make you feel. I know I can always get a feel for my couples this way, so I know the opposite is true as well.
What you get
It is so hard to compare collections from one videographer to the other. Two videographers might say they offer the same thing, but is it really? Videographer A and B might give you two videos, but videographer A's video is only 2 minutes long while B's is 8 minutes long. That's a big difference.
The best way to figure this out is to ask about it. Have them explain everything that is included in detail and possibly see examples of everything. Are their blu-rays custom designed or just a plain looking disc? Understanding all of this is important for the next step.
Too many people start right here. They base everything off of price, and I think that's not the best option. If you eliminate someone just because they are a few hundred higher than your budget, you might be missing out on a great deal or the person that can deliver what you want.
I know we all are limited and have a budget. I'm not saying everyone should spend 7 grand on a wedding videographer. I'm just saying you need to be open minded. Look at this as more of an investment for the long term. This video is going to be what you have to look at 50 years from now. Over 50 years, an extra $1000 is only $20 a year. Is your wedding not worth that little of an investment?
I hope this has helped you understand how to choose a wedding videographer. I know it can be overwhelming and it is a big choice. If you follow what I said, you should be in good shape. In the end, if you still can't decide, go with your gut. If there's anything I can do to help, let me know.