The wedding world is extremely overpopulated with wedding photographers, and I’m constantly worried about all the new photographers coming into the business. I’m not worried about them taking business away from me, I’m worried about them ruining someone’s wedding. It really isn’t the same for wedding videographers. It’s much harder for someone to just jump into the video world, so there’s not as much chance of this happening. I still think, though, people may not know as much about wedding videos, so I thought I’d give some advice on how to pick a wedding videographer.
How to Pick a Wedding Videographer
Weddings are so important and such an investment. You must really be careful about who you choose for your wedding videographer. Many of the things I’ll be mentioning are the same for picking a wedding photographer, but there are some things that are specific to video.
Skill or Style
The first thing you should be looking at is the final product. Do you like their work? Do their videos match up with your expectations and affect you emotionally? Will you want to watch their videos 10 years from now? Don’t settle for something you don’t like or think is just ok; find several videographers that have amazing work, and then you can move to the next step.
One of the biggest factors in choosing a wedding videographer is experience. How long have they been shooting? How many weddings have they shot? In almost all situations, the more you do something the better you get at it. I know for sure that I’m a lot better now than I was three years ago. The thought is that if you’ve been doing something for a long time, you must be pretty good at it and learned some tricks.
Equipment isn’t everything, but this is really important in video. How many cameras will they be using? Do they have pro audio equipment? Do they use any equipment to get special shots? The amount of equipment will limit the quality of the film to a degree, but the more important side of this is having backup equipment. Things break, and if your videographer shows up with one camera only, that’s just asking for trouble.
Personality doesn’t matter with videographers as much as it does with photographers. Photographers interact more with the couple will videographers tend to stay back and capture everything. You still need someone that you get along with and is fun to be around.
I hate even talking about cost, but it is a factor in the real world. We all have budgets and have a limited amount of money, so cost will affect our decisions. My biggest advice on cost is don’t let it be the number one determining factor. Go through everything else and then let cost get in there. Will saving $500 really matter that much to you in 10 years when you’re looking back at your wedding video?
I really hope this info helps people figure out how to pick a wedding videographer. Decision making is tough and decision making for a wedding is ten times worse. If you’re sitting on the fence about even having a wedding videographer, I suggest you go back and check out my post on whether or not a wedding video is necessary. Quick hint, it is!