wedding day videography

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From a quick five-minute focus to more than an hour, a highlight video may be the most overlooked item on the wedding-day agenda. It allows a bride and groom to see what they missed behind the highlighted scenes they meticulously planned on this, the busiest day of their lives.

1. Check the field  Research early and meet prospects. Zoom in on a videographer’s style as a match to you and your wedding. Just like the photographer, a videographer will be near throughout the wedding day, so he/she should be compatible to you.

2. Consider styles  A video usually incorporates music and voices. See what delights you and ask prospects how they interpret their own style. A documentary or journalistic video uses more natural sound and mimics the order of the day’s real happenings. Vintage-style photos require effective styling. Cinematic video places wedding-day scenes to tell your story.

3. Hire when happy   Early hiring may offer a bonus like an engagement video shoot to indicate if further collaboration on your wedding day will work. Don’t rush into a contract. Talk to prospects to hear if they like what they do. Ask what equipment they use. Find out if they seek in-the-moment participation or ask guests for messages or advice.

4. Recommendations  If considering a friend’s resource, ask how intrusive shooting was, particularly if you don’t want a drone hearing your every word. Also, ask to watch videos from that wedding. View them with an eye toward uniqueness.

5. Services  Just like a photographer, a videographer offers packages with outlined services. Similar guidelines apply. Know who will come to film and his/her experience in wedding videography. Outline how many people will participate where and when, who is the planning contact and an emergency backup plan. Will time sequences provide more action? Words in current technology to focus on better angles and higher quality: drone, jib, slider, Glidecam.

6. Fine print  A contract should cover all details. Read fine print for extra fees and budget considerations. Understand hours on the job, during production and when a finished product will be delivered.