The best time to start looking for a videographer is about nine to twelve months in advance. Begin with recommendations from family and friends, looking through tapes or DVD's for quality, style and formats that you like. As you view a tape with the videographer, look for pans and zooms. Are they smooth? Does the tape tell a story? Please read the following written by Wedding and Event Videographers Association International (WEVA)
Why Choose Video?
Professional videography saves and protects life's most precious and beautiful moments--as they actually happened. And what is more important to hold precious than the sights and sounds from the most important day of your life--your wedding day! Because the event goes by so quickly, capturing all of the activities, your ceremony and reception, on video will mean your wedding will be preserved for you and your family now, and most importantly...for all the generations ahead.
How important is a professionally-produced wedding video?
Here are some questions to ask when interviewing videographers:
What does the video package include?
- Single camera or Multi-camera
- Montage of stills or slow motion scenes.
- Background music
- Close-up shots
- Interviews with family, wedding party, guests
- What style of video you prefer? Video to have a classic, story-telling approach, similar to television programs such as A&E's "Biography" or a fast-paced, highly-stylized "MTV" look?
- Discuss costs. Work out a clear payment schedule.
- Obtain an itemized agreement that lists everything included in the package and the total cost.
- How many DVD's come with the package? What is the cost for extra DVD's?
- How is the DVD packaged professionally? Does it have a case, album, printed labels?
- Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
- How many hours does the price include?
- Can he/she arrive early to capture last-minute preparations, moments with family members and unexpected situations?
- Will the coverage start from getting ready and then ceremony and reception or cover only ceremony and reception?
- How is overtime handled if you do not book an all day coverage?
- Does the videographer maintain the original videotape? If so, how long?
- How far in advance must book your video?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- Can you select the background music, and is there a large selection to choose from?
- Is broadcast-quality editing equipment used?
- What kind of camera equipment will be used? Is it consumer or commercial quality equipment?
- What is the format? Is it 3 CCD digital, High Definition? 1/3-Inch 3-CCD Widescreen?
- Will there be sufficient light available at the time and location of the ceremony?
- Sound: The best videographers are using a wireless microphone or mini disc digital recorder to get clean, clear audio.
- Is the person who is showing you the videos the same person who will be shooting your wedding or at least the person involved in how the videography will be taped at the wedding and how it will be edited?
- Make sure you know who is taping the wedding, and get it in writing.
- Is the videographer familiar with the site you have selected?
- What will the videographer's attire be?
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One last note: both of you must feel confident that this videographer will perform professionally and inconspicuously, and deliver a great video. Good luck.
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