Planning your wedding involves making countless decisions, which can understandably get overwhelming! I'm writing this blog post to help make choosing a videographer less stressful.
Here is my list of important things to consider when choosing a wedding videographer:
Their work - Visit the videographer's website and watch their reels. Decide whether or not you like their style. There are a couple categories that wedding videography will fit into. The first is documentary style. This style is the more traditional way of making wedding films. The videographer will act as a "fly on the wall" capturing moments as they happen organically. The second is cinematic style. This style is more artistic and unique. Often, the videographer will capture moments organically as well as plan out unique shots for the film. Both of these styles are great and it is a matter of your taste.
We mix these two styles because we like to give our clients the best aspects of each style. We capture cinematic shots while staying out of our client's way.
Number of Shooters - Often, videographers offer less expensive packages that include only one videographer. It is possible to have your wedding covered by only one videographer, but it is a bit limiting. Having two videographers ensures that events happening simultaneously will not be missed. It is also beneficial to have two videographers during toasts, first dances, and the ceremony because there will be multiple camera angles for your final film.
No matter which package of ours you choose, we always offer two videographers. Alex and I work together efficiently and are determined to give you the best film possible.
Number of Cameras - Similarly to the number of shooters, it is possible to have your wedding shot with a single camera. I have seen some extremely beautiful highlight films with only one camera. The only downside to this is that the film can feel static and only show one point of view. If you choose a Full Length Film, the ceremony will be one long, continuous shot. By adding more cameras, you can have different angles during your ceremony and other events during your wedding.
During your ceremony, we offer three to four cameras. We believe that this gives you the best possible coverage. Throughout the rest of the day, Alex and I will each "man" our own cameras and give you two perspectives.
Final Product - Each wedding videographer will offer slightly different edited film options. These options range from short form highlight films to documentary films to full length films, to films in-between. The final form of your film(s) is completely up to you and your preferences. Some videographers also offer raw footage.
Our packages offer Trailers, Highlight Films and Documentary films to our wedding couples. We also offer a range of edited a la carte videos such as a full edited ceremony, full edited toasts, and engagement films.
Final Film Format - It is important to make sure your videographer is shooting in high definition. Standard definition is no longer acceptable and you will be distracted by pixels and the non-widescreen format. When delivering your final films, there are a few different options your videographer might give you. The first being a DVD, the second a USB drive, and the third internet streaming.
We chose to use USB drives because unlike DVDs, the films do not need to be compressed to fit. That means that you receive your films in full 1080p. Along with your USB drive, we will host your Highlight Film on our Vimeo so you can easily share it with your family and friends.
Music - You have probably seen wedding films overlaid with popular music. Unfortunately, some of these videos use this music illegally. It is illegal to use copyrighted music in a wedding film without paying for a proper license. For a single use of a popular song, this can cost thousands of dollars.
We run our business legally and honestly. As artists ourselves, we respect the work of other artists. Now, before you start to worry, we have an alternative. We pay to license professional music through sites like MusicBed. This way, your wedding film can have great professional music, and be completely legal!
Why DSLR - Long gone are the days of videographers carrying enormous camcorders. Now, many videographers have switched over to smaller cameras. These cameras will most likely look very similar (if not the same) to the cameras photographers use. One of the benefits of these smaller cameras is that they are less obtrusive and your videographer can take up less space. This is nice during the reception when the space is crowded with people. Another benefit of these cameras is that they allow the videographer to use a variety of different lenses. Instead of your entire video looking the same, different lenses can be used to change the look and feel of the video.
Audio - Audio is incredibly important to a wedding film. You want to be able to hear the vows and the toasts clearly. Unfortunately, the on-board microphones on a camera will not provide that clean audio. So it is important that your videographer captures audio in another way.
We use two different tools to collect audio during a wedding. The first is a portable audio recorder that can be plugged directly into the DJ's sound system. The second is a lavalier microphone, this is used during the ceremony (and sometimes toasts) and is clipped onto the lapel of a jacket, or even hidden under a dress.